LGBT Groups Drop Out of Pittsburgh Pride in Protest of Iggy Azalea Concert

Iggy Azalea

More bad news for Iggy Azalea. After canceling her upcoming tour, she's now managed to turn the gays against her. The Aussie rapper is due to headline Pittsburg Pride, but some of LGBT organizations have chosen to boycott the event because of that. 

According to the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, the Pittsburgh chapter of GLSEN and other LGBT-friendly have already announced they are dropping out of the Pride celebrations. 

“Our board voted last week to not march in the Pittsburgh Pride parade, due to the insensitive choice of Iggy Azalea as headliner,” said GLSEN Pittsburgh chapter head, Vanessa Davis.

The objections to Iggy Azalea’s inclusion at Pride are the standard set: LGBT groups are acusing her of appropriating African American culture to sell records, and cited the racist and homophobic statements Azealea made on Twitter

Others are criticizing the Delta Foundation, sponsor of Pittsburg Pride, saying that the orgnization ignores transpeople, and that the event's $45 ticket price is exclusionary to those on society’s margins. 

In a statement, Delta’s board president, Gary Van Horn, said Delta was “committed to working with all organizations and members of the LGBT community and our allies to be sure that all feel welcome at Pittsburgh Pride.”

Those opposing this year’s Pride are already planning an alternative event series, Roots Pride, which will kick off with a “town hall” meeting on June 11, an “Intergenerational Paint Party” water-balloon fight June 12, and a “Shut It Down” concert, which will coincide with the Azalea concert, on June 13. Sounds interesting!

 

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