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November 16, 2012

US gay rights activists protest Beenie Man concert in Chicago over history of homophobic lyrics

Gay rights campaigners in Chicago are demanding a concert by Jamaican dancehall star Beenie Man be cancelled.

The artist, otherwise known as Anthony Moses Davis, gained infamy with tracks featuring anti-gay lyrics such as 'Hang chi chi gal wid a long piece of rope' and 'Tek a bazooka and kill batty-fucker'.

Despite him voicing his support for gay rights earlier this year, US-based group The Gay Liberation Network (GLN) are protesting his concert in Chicago on 22 November, calling for the Thanksgiving gig at The Shrine venue to be cancelled.

May 24, 2012

Apology of former anti-gay dancehall artist is 'very suspect', says human rights campaigner Peter Tatchell

Jamaican dancehall star Beenie Man has voiced his support for gay rights, despite finding fame with songs inciting homophobic violence.

'Let me make this clear and straight. I have nothing against no-one,' he said in a video statement.

'I respect each and every human being...regardless of sexual preference, including gay and lesbian people.'

The artist, otherwise known as Anthony Moses Davis, gained infamy with tracks featuring anti-gay lyrics such as 'Hang chi chi gal wid a long piece of rope' and 'Tek a bazooka and kill batty-fucker'.

March 28, 2012

Sweden gay groups celebrate as anti-gay Jamaica reggae star has Stockholm gig cancelled

Gay groups in Sweden are celebrating today after they successfully stopped anti-gay reggae star Sizzla performing in the capital, Stockholm at the last minute.

The Swedish Federation for Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Rights says the scheduled gig, due to take place tonight (28 March), has been put off due to a backlash from the gay community.

In a statement, the organization said: ‘It should go without saying that gigs should not be booked for this man.’

March 20, 2012

Sizzla performs Buju Banton murder music song mash-up at Jamaica gig

Jamaican reggae star Sizzla has again called for gays to be killed at a concert where he praised imprisoned fellow star Buju Banton.

His remarks and performance are a further breach of the Reggae Compassionate Act, intended to stop homophobia among leading reggae stars, which he signed in June 2007.