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Since the Cancellation of Chicago Concert of "Kill Gays" Singer Buju Banton, Several More Victories!

Thanks to the work of LGBT activists around the nation, several more concerts of "kill gays" performer Buju Banton have been canceled since the cancellation of the concerts in Chicago and other major cities reported in the last GLN News.

Below we reprint two recent GLN press releases updating the progress made against this violent and dishonest homophobe, and give more reasons why gay and non-gay people should hope for the success of the campaign against him.

GLN permalink posted 09-18-2009

More Progress Against "Kill Gays" Performer Buju Banton

Viciously anti-gay performer Buju Banton has had his concerts in Columbus, OH, Cincinnati, OH and Minneapolis, MN canceled over the past few days, according to cancelbujubanton.wetpaint.com, a website started by Gay Liberation Network webmaster Syd Stevens.

The cancellations come on the heels of shows nixed by AEG Live and Live Nation in Chicago, Houston, Dallas, Las Vegas, LA, San Francisco and Philadelphia (the Philadelphia concert went ahead under different auspices).

Buju Banton grusomely calls for the killing of gay people in the lyrics of his most well-known song, "Boom Bye Bye." When Jamaica's leading gay rights activist, Brian Williamson, was murdered in an apparent hate crime murdered in 2004, a Human Rights Watch researcher who went to the murder scene reported that a mob had gathered and was celebrating the murder by chanting the chorus to "Boom Bye Bye."

CancelBujuBanton.com is urging LGBT people and our allies to contact the concert promoters in Cincinnati, Columbus and Minneapolis to thank them for not helping promote Buju Banton's violent hate:

Cincinnati – Annie's – events@anniesentertainment.com
Columbus – PromoWest Productions – feedback@promowestlive.com
Minneapolis – First Avenue – nate@first-avenue.com

In an article entitled "Concert canceled after gays' protest," The Columbus Dispatch reported Saturday that "Taking issue with some content in the singer's music, several groups -- including Equality Ohio and Stonewall Democrats of Ohio -- circulated an e-mail yesterday urging people to voice their disapproval and shut down the show." That and postings on the Columbusunderground.com local news site led to a flurry of communications that apparently prompted the cancellations.

A full listing of the cities still hosting Buju Banton concerts, along with contact information for the venues, can be found at http://cancelbujubanton.wetpaint.com/

The national campaign to cancel Buju Banton's 2009 tour was initiated by Chicago's Gay Liberation Network (www.GayLiberation.net) in early August and energetically taken up by the Los Angeles Gay & Lesbian Center and other activists around the nation. The international campaign against so-called "murder music" was initiated in the early 1990s by British gay activist Peter Tatchell and Jamaica's leading LGBT group, Jamaica Forum of Lesbians, All-Sexuals and Gays (J-FLAG).

More Victories Against Buju Banton Tour

LGBT organizers joyfully announced yesterday the cancellation of yet another Buju Banton concert in Salt Lake City, Utah and the forced venue change of a concert in Richmond, VA.

This is in addition to show cancellations in Columbus, OH, Cincinnati and Minneapolis reported earlier this week (local news stories on the Salt Lake and Richmond victories can be found at SaltLakeTribuneLINK and YouTubeLINK). The Salt Lake City cancellation is particularly sweet given the conservative reputation of Utah and the city's role as headquarters for the anti-gay Mormon Church, which played a huge role in passing California's Proposition 8.

The Salt Lake cancellation was notable also for the fact that its owners -- unlike most other canceled venues -- issued a strong pro-gay message in tandem with the cancellation.

"When initially scheduling the Buju Banton event, we were unaware of his hateful anti-gay message," the venue's owner told the Salt Lake Tribune. "Upon further review, Urban Lounge has decided to cancel the event. We strive for peace and understanding in our community. We support the rights of all. We have made this decision on moral grounds."

Huge holes have now been punched in Buju Banton's U.S. tour. And even for those venues and promoters who persist in plowing forward with the concerts, there is a price they are paying in all the bad publicity and distraction of trying to do PR damage control.

Concert and organizing information is being coordinated through the cancelbujubanton.wetpaint.com website initiated by Gay Liberation Network webmaster Syd Stevens.

For those Buju Banton supporters who try to minimize or deflect the viciousness of his violent hatred of LGBT people, Florida pro-LGBT organizers have come up with a ready reply. They have re-posted on their part of the wetpaint site one of several YouTube videos of Buju Banton recently performing the "Boom Bye Bye" song in which he calls for using an uzi or pouring acid to kill gays. In this particular video he also boasts to the crowd, "There is no end to the war between me and faggots!" (To see the clip, go to cancelbujubanton.wetpaint.com and look below the list of Florida concert dates for a link to a video of him performing his song "Boom Bye Bye." It's difficult to understand him, except when he clearly says "There is no end to the war between me and faggots!" Included is the standard English translation and explanation of the lyrics).

For more information on the http://cancelbujubanton.wetpaint.com/ site, email sydstevens@gayliberation.net


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