Petition Urges Coachella Headliners to Donate Proceeds to Pro-LBGTQ Groups

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Beyonce performs during the Formation World Tour at Stade de France on July 21, 2016 in Paris, France.

It comes in response to news the festival's owner Phil Anschutz has donated significant money to groups supporting anti-LGBTQ agendas.

A new petition is urging Coachella headliners Beyonce, Kendrick Lamar and Radiohead to donate the proceeds from their performances at the festival to pro-LGBTQ groups. 

The Care2 petition follows the widespread revelation that the founder of Coachella producer Goldenvoice's parent company Anschutz Entertainment Group (AEG), Phil Anschutz, has donated significant money to groups supporting anti-LGBTQ and climate denying agendas. 

At time of publishing, the petition had received more than 4,400 supporters. 

"As a transgender woman and advocate for the LGBTQ community, my genuine hope is that these artists can turn a bad situation into a positive one," says Care2 LGBTQ issues advocate Sarah Rose. "I'm a diehard music fan and a musician myself, and I strongly believe that music shouldn't be used as a means to discriminate."

Earlier this month when Coachella announced its lineup, a flurry of controversial articles about Anschutz followed tying him to anti-LGBTQ and climate denying groups over the years. Anschutz responded with a statement claiming he withdrew support for any anti-LGBTQ groups once he became aware of their discriminatory agendas (information that is largely impossible to verify without him releasing the pertinent documents).

Coachella will be held April 14–16 and 21–23. 

See the petition here



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