Australia joined the ranks of 25 other countries to officially legalize gay marriage on December 7, causing a wave of celebration over a legal battle that has been drawn out in the country for 13 years.
Alison Wonderland was on tour in home country at the height of festivities surrounding this development, and thus decided to use her gig in Sydney to show her support in an emotive fashion. The songstress assisted a woman in making her proposal unforgettable bringing the happy couple on stage and later giving them a shout-out on Twitter while expressing pride in her country.
The battle for marriage rights began in 2004, when the parliament amended the Marriage Act to ban the institution for gays. Since then, an overwhelming display of support for the return of their rights led to a new vote that officiated gay marriage as a legal right.
Throughout the course of LGBT Pride Month, countless artists have voiced their and support for the LGBTQ community. Earlier in June, GRiZ notably told his story of coming to terms with his sexuality in an inspirational OP-ED for Huffington Post. Now, Martin Garrix has provided another far-reaching perspective on the topic.
As part of Billboard’s “Love Letters to the LGBTQ Community” series, the Dutch artist joined public figures such as Barbra Streisand, Elton John, and Elizabeth Warren to write his own narrative of support for equality regardless of sexual orientation.
In his “love letter,” Garrix recounted how citizens of his country linked together in support of the LGBTQ community after two gay men were assaulted for holding hands in public, and provided his own personal message of advocacy based on his own experiences performing:
A couple of weeks ago, two gay men were assaulted in Holland because they were holding hands. A tragic event which sparked a beautiful response; a couple of days after the event took place hundreds of people walked hand in hand through Amsterdam to show their solidarity including many politicians. When people unite and stand up for other people’s rights it creates such a beautiful and powerful message. We will not be defined by these heinous acts but instead how we band together and react to them, loyal, united and filled with love.
Whenever I’m on stage it makes me so happy to see all these different people in the crowd having fun together. Music really unites people and no matter who tries to get in our way, it will always continue to do so. This Pride month I’m sending my love and immense gratitude to the entire LGBTQ community which includes my friends, colleagues, fellow artists, and of course my incredibly loyal fans.
With the impending release of her sophomore album, hopeless fountain kingdom, Halsey flaunts her distinctive vocal talent in “Strangers” featuring Lauren Jurengui of Fifth Harmony. “Strangers” is a provoking piece that places an emphasis on the identity of both performing artists who are openly bi-sexual, enabling Halsey and Jurengui to communicate a story that’s entirely tenable without exploiting their respective individualities. Halsey said the following of her single “Strangers”:
“I just love that Lauren Jauegui and I are two women who have a mainstream pop presence doing a love song for the LGBTQ community. ‘Strangers’ is just a love song that happens to use same-sex pronouns”.
hopeless fountain kingdom will be available everywhere on June 2. Ahead of the release of Halsey’s highly-anticipated inbound LP, stream “Strangers” now.
The head of Coachella parent company AEG, Philip Anschutz, has come under fire for reportedly making donations to anti-LGBT groups through his personal foundation, a claim he fiercely denies.
Allegations first surfaced this morning in a Washington Postopinion piece, which claims to out the “enemies of equality” in an interactive infographic. The graphic illustrates a sprawling anti-LGBT conspiracy and a web of alleged donations. Among other high profile politicians and executives, the report claims that the Anschutz Foundation made donations to anti-LGBT and anti-abortion rights groups like the Family Research Council and the National Christian Foundation.
In his role as AEG boss, Anschutz oversees a number of organizations including concert promotion group Goldenvoice which backs festivals like Coachella, FYF, and others. Organizations like Greenpeace have already spoken out against the festival with some groups already calling for boycotts of the popular events.
Anschutz has made quick work of refuting the allegations, issuing a brief statement only hours after the story appeared online.
“Recent claims published in the media that I am anti-LGBTQ are nothing more than fake news—it is all garbage,” said Anschutz. ” I unequivocally support the rights of all people without regard to sexual orientation. We are fortunate to employ a wealth of diverse individuals throughout our family of companies, all of whom are important to us—the only criteria on which they are judged is the quality of their job performance; we do not tolerate discrimination in any form.”
“When it has come to my attention or the attention of The Anschutz Foundation that certain organizations either the Foundation or I have funded have been supporting such causes,” added Anschutz, “we have immediately ceased all contributions to such groups.”