British gay singer/songwriter Mika will headline a free Paris to celebrate marriage equality in France.
According to French newspaper La Parisienne, Mika will headline the Long Live Equality concert to celebrate France’s gay marriage law that passed last month, and to reaffirm the importance of fighting homophobia.
Originally scheduled to take place on 17 May, International Day Against Homophobia (IDAHO), the Long Live Equality concert was rescheduled to 21 May, five days before a national demonstration scheduled by opponents of the ‘Marriage for All’ law.
Even though France passed the ‘Marriage for All’ bill last month, becoming the 14th country in the world to legalize same-sex marriage and gay adoption, the issue continues to divide the nation.
In recent weeks thousands of people took to the streets of Paris to protest against the country’s legalization of same-sex marriage, and LGBT rights organizations reported a rise in violent threats and attacks against homosexuals.
Mika, who came out as gay in August 2012, will be the main act for other artists, intellectuals and politicians who are scheduled take the stage throughout the evening.
The Long Live Equality concert will take place at Place de la Bastille on 21 May starting at 7 pm. For more information, visit the Le Concert pour Tous : vive l’Egalité ! Facebook page, and to get you in the mood check out Mika’s hit single ‘You Are Beautiful.’