Shortly after the California arts and music festival Coachella announced its 2017 lineup, news broke out of its owner Phil Anschutz donating nearly $200,00o to anti-LGBTQ groups. Anschutz offered a half-assed self-defense claiming that he didn’t realize where the money was going, but in response, queer activist Sarah Rose has set up a petition urging headliners Beyoncè, Kendrick Lamar and Radiohead to donate their Coachella proceeds to LGBTQ groups like The Trevor Project, Trans Lifeline and the Human Rights Campaign.
We’re not huge on donating to the Human Rights Campaign, but the other two are worthwhile.
“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,” said 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.”
So far her petition has 7,787 signers. We’re not imagining that Beyoncé will lift a finger to help LGBTQ groups (she certainly didn’t when her hometown of Houston needed help passing an anti-trans voting measure), but Radiohead has generally been against violence or discrimination in general and Lamar has said that he doesn’t “give a fuck” whether people want to get same-sex married, so that’s kinda like support.
Personally, we think Rose is targeting the wrong folks. Anschutz donated the money to anti-LGBTQ groups; let him be the one to undo his past wrongs.