Billie Joe Armstrong Takes A Jab At Transphobic People: ‘They’re F**king Close-Minded’
In a recent interview with the Los Angeles Times, Green Day frontman Billie Joe Armstrong shared his perspective on individuals with transphobic views and reflected on the evolving cultural conversations surrounding the topic.
The frontman, who is openly bisexual, referred to transphobic people and addressed the lack of support for trans individuals:
“I just think they’re f*cking close-minded. It’s like people are afraid of their children. Why would you be afraid? Why don’t you let your kid just be the kid that they are? Nowadays it’s more common for kids to be LGBTQ, and there’s more support. But for us, back in the day, that was like the beginning of when people were able to openly say things like that.”
The New Album Includes An LGBTQ+ Friendly Song
The band, who just released their new album, ‘Saviors,’ also included a song that addressed queerness in the album named ‘Bobby Sox.’
In the same interview Armstrong and his bandmates, Mike Dirnt and Tré Cool, also discussed the political themes present in their album. Armstrong talked about exploring gender dynamics in one of the new tracks titled ‘Bobby Sox,’ which is a love song about watching TV with his wife of nearly 30 years, Adrienne Nesser, and includes the lyrics, ‘Do you wanna be my girlfriend?’
But in the next verse, things change a little:
“But then in the next verse, I thought I should flip the script. I’m kind of playing the character of the woman, but it also felt really liberating to sing, ‘Do you wanna be my boyfriend?’ It became more of a queer singalong.”
Green Day Shows Include ‘Safe Space’
Green Day has consistently embraced a pro-LGBTQ stance, evident in various instances. In the song ‘Coming Clean,’ Armstrong candidly addresses his bisexuality and expresses concerns about how others, including his parents, might perceive it. ‘King for A Day,’ too, narrates the life of a cross-dresser who, from a young age, faced challenges such as being subjected to therapy by their father.
In addition to their lyrics, the rockers have shown their support for the community numerous times on stage. But this did not only end with worded support. The frontman has addressed the theme of acceptance at the band’s shows, referring to them as a ‘safe space’ not only for LGBTQ+ individuals but also for people of any race and nationality:
“We accept anyone who feels marginalised at any Green Day event. Period. Especially if you’re gay or trans, black, white, brown, or of any nationality. Period. Green Day is a safe place for you to be. I think it’s a problem that we have to face every day, and we have to do whatever we can to fix it.”
Below you can listen to ‘Savior.’