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Nick Jonas to Replace Iggy Azalea at Pittsburgh Pride

Nick Jonas

Did Pittsburgh get the upgrade?

Just a few days after Iggy Azalea announced that she was dropping out of this year's Pittsburgh Pride celebrations, it's been announced that Nick Jonas will be filling in for her.

Azalea was forced to resign from the festivities after LGBT-friendly groups threatened to boycott Pittsburgh Pride because of homophobic and racist tweets that the "Fancy" rapper sent in the past.

"He has been a supporter of the LGBT community, and he wanted to make sure that the community and Pittsburgh had a Pride event that they could be proud of," Delta Foundation board president Gary Van Horn said of Jonas in a statement.

Interestingly enough, Jonas was meant to open for Iggy during her now 86'd Great Escape tour.

"When I heard about the difficult position Pittsburgh Pride was in just days before their event, I knew I had to find a way to help," said Jonas. "I'm excited to do what I can to support the LGBT community in Pittsburgh, and I look forward to seeing you this Saturday as we celebrate together."

Just because the headliners have been swapped doesn't mean that all is well at Pittsburgh Pride.

According to the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, many LGBT groups are still critical of the Delta Foundation, the Pittsburgh nonprofit that is organizing the Pride events.

"Iggy Azalea served as a catalyst, but she was only a catalyst for a much deeper and more meaningful conversation I believe all of us would like to see take place," said Pittsburgh City Council President Bruce Kraus, the city's first openly gay council member, on Tuesday.

Many lobbied accusations of exclusion at the Delta foundation, affirming that the nonprofit targets its programing to white gay men.

The Post Gazette reports that Delta's board has 13 active and emeritus board members. Van Horn stated that the board includes two women, one African-American and no transgender members.

[h/t MTV News]

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