A petition is circulating urging Drake to donate the proceeds from his North Carolina show to an LGBTQ organization.
In an effort to protest the state’s Public Facilities Privacy & Security Act that eliminates anti-discrimination protections for LGBTQ communities, a Care2 petition has emerged, urging the hip-hop artist to donate his earnings from his August 23 Greensboro show. In record time, the petition has garnered over 4,000 signatures out of the 5,000 initially requested.
“It’s so important to me, as a transgender woman, when people in pop culture and media use their influence to help spread positivity and equality,” says petition author Sarah Rose, who is also Care2’s LGBTQ Issues Advocate. “By donating proceeds from his concert, Drake could send a huge message to the government of North Carolina that discrimination is not acceptable.”
Many artists and event organizations, including the NBA, have already chosen to boycott North Carolina as a result of the new law. Other artists have chosen to donate proceeds from their shows to worthy LGBTQ organizations: Cyndi Lauper has donated money to Equality North Carolina and Mumford and Sons donated profits to a local LGBTQ organization.