Madonna Announces Nashville Trans Rights Benefit Concert

Madonna has announced a benefit concert in Nashville later this year, joining protests against Tennessee’s new law that criminalizes drag performances in public places and anywhere children are present. She will be joined by Bob the Drag Queen, who is scheduled to join the singer on her upcoming Celebration Tour. Benefiting as-yet-unnamed trans rights organizations, the show will take place on December 22 at Bridgestone Arena, with the anti-drag law taking effect on April 1.

Madonna shared a short statement about her decision to add the Nashville stop:

The oppression of LGBTQ+ people is not only unacceptable and inhumane; you are creating an unsafe environment; it makes America a dangerous place for our most vulnerable citizens, especially trans women of color. Also, these supposed laws to protect our children are baseless and pathetic. Anyone with half a brain knows better than to fuck with a drag queen. Bob and I will be watching from the stage in Nashville where we will celebrate the beauty that is the queer community.

Earlier this month, Brittany Howard, Sheryl Crow, Hayley Williams, Jason Isbell, and more joined forces for Love Rising, a benefit concert that raised money for multiple LGBTQIA+ organizations. Yo La Tengo staged her own protest at The Basement East, with Ira Kaplan donning a dress, wig, and makeup for a set. Madonna’s celebratory tour of North America and Europe kicks off in July, and Madonna extended the run with a few more dates for late 2023 and early 2024.

Read Pitchfork’s Sunday review of Madonna’s 2000 album Music.

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