On Sunday, Hollywood Life asked in a headline, "Lady Gaga Canceling Super Bowl Show Over Potential Transgender Bathroom Bill?" Lady Gaga is still Super Bowl LI's halftime performer, slated to take the stage Feb. 5 in Houston, confirms a National Football League spokesperson.
(The Hollywood Life story later confirms that, too. But wow, that headline.)
Gaga has regularly spoken out for equality for the LGBT community. Her song "Born This Way" has become an anthem, calling out to people who are gay, straight, bi, lesbian or transgendered. The Hollywood Life, story, then, is timely, as the Texas legislative session kicked off Tuesday, Jan. 10, with the "bathroom bill" as a big topic.
If signed into law as it is written, Sen. Lois Kolkhorst's Senate Bill 6 would mean cities couldn't pass local ordinances that require private business to have specific rules for bathrooms or changing rooms.
Those decisions would be left entirely up to each private businesses under this bill, which could choose to allow transgender men to use the men's room, or restrict patrons to use only those restrooms that match their "biological sex."
When asked Thursday how his bill would affect local nondiscrimination ordinances like the ones passed in Dallas, Fort Worth, Austin and San Antonio, Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick (who has made passing a bathroom bill one of his top priorities for this year's legislative session) harkened back to his public safety argument, saying, "This bill stops local cities, local governments from passing policies that allow men in women's restrooms."
Gaga is encouraging people to host what she calls a Kickoff for Kindness Super Bowl watch party in conjunction with her Born This Way Foundation. To participate, people agree to execute a few acts of kindness. Five people who host parties and share their "kindness plays" will receive tickets to an upcoming Lady Gaga show.
The 2017 football game is the singer's first Super Bowl halftime show, though she performed the national anthem at Super Bowl 50, in 2016.