The Go-Go’s singer Belinda Carlisle will be using her April 23 performance in Mississippi to fight against the state’s anti-LGBT law.
Carlisle posted an open letter in collaboration with LGBT rights advocates Brandiilyne Magnum-Dear and Kaylee Bradshaw, on Facebook to Mississippi Gov. Phil Bryant. The singer says she considered not performing, but after conferring with LGBT groups decided to perform to speak out about the law.
Carlisle writes that as the mother of an openly gay son, political activist James Mason Duke, she couldn’t imagine “anything less Christian than using the law as a weapon against others.”
“Because of my career as a performer and the privilege that has brought to our family, my son will be all right, but the pain you’re causing LGBTQ Mississippians is devastating, especially the transgender folks and LGBTQ people of color who will be most directly impacted by these attacks,” Carlisle continued.
“Nearly 30 years ago, I released a song titled ‘Heaven Is a Place on Earth.’ I was proud of the message of that song then and I continue to be proud of it today. Unfortunately, Governor Bryant, you and those around you are making life hell on earth for many Mississippians,” Carlisle writes.