Retired Australian tennis pro Margaret Court became infamous last month when she started spouting all sorts of queerphobic dribble about predatory lesbians, how LGBTQ people are like Hitler and how transgender children are the work of the devil. The Icelandic ambient-rock band Sigur Rós has responded to the 74-year-old tennis pro turned Christian minister by holding a July 27 LGBTQ benefit concert at the tennis arena named after her.
On a Facebook post published on Tuesday, the band said:
“We know Margaret Court’s opinions are not shared by the majority of Australians. We want to add our voice to the call for marriage equality in Australia — right here on Margaret Court Arena itself. Australia should be a country that celebrates positivity and inclusion, as well as achievement on the sporting field.”
The band will donate proceeds from sales of a special, limited-edition t-shirts designed by London-based illustrator Andrew Rae. The shirt depicts two female fairies and two men holding onto large wedding rings amidst a rainbow and a garden of weeping bell flowers and phallic mushrooms. At the center is a crest baring conjoined male-male and female-female symbols as well as one symbol combining the male and female symbols together.
It’s unclear what organization the band will donate its proceeds to.
Iceland has recognized same-sex partnerships since 1996 and has given same-sex couples the same adoption rights as heterosexual couples since 2006. In 2008, Iceland’s churches were allowed to bless same-sex unions, and when the island nation legalized same-sex marriage in 2010, its prime minister was Jóhanna Sigurðardóttir, the world’s only openly gay national leader at the time.
Sigur Rós isn’t the only well-known name helping Australia win marriage equality. The U.S.-based ice cream maker Ben and Jerry’s recently launched a campaign forbidding Australian customers from ordering two scoops of the same flavor in any of their stores until Australia passes marriage equality.
Featured image by marc heimendinger via Sigur Rós
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