More than 1,500 New Yorkers gathered today in Manhattan to mourn the death of a 32 year-old gay man, who was shot down on Friday just blocks away from the historic Stonewall Inn in an apparent act of anti-gay bias.
BREAKING: Venues Take Stand Against Hate - Capleton Concerts Canceled
Last week, GLAAD joined with the LA Gay & Lesbian Center, as well as grass roots activists such as Michael Petrelis, Humboldt Against Hate and the Gay & Lesbian Alliance of the Central Coast (GALA) to call upon venues and promoters to take a stand against hate
by canceling upcoming concerts by anti-gay reggae singer Capleton. This weekend, Jim Key, the Chief Public Affairs Officer for the LAGLC, received word that Capleton had canceled his plane ticket into the country and would not be performing.
Capleton had been scheduled to perform yesterday at the Tribute to the Legends festival in San Diego. He was also slated to perform this weekend at the Ragga Muffins Festival in Long Beach and Oakland, CA but he has been removed from the line-up of performers on the festival's official site.
Additionally, Renegade Productions announced on their website that Capleton's headlining tour has also been canceled. GALA had planned a protest tomorrow at the Downtown Brewing Company in San Luis Obispo, but is now asking community members to meet at the Downtown Brewing Company to show their support for the venue's decision.
GLAAD applauds the venues and promoters who, once made aware of Capleton's anti-gay lyrics, decided to deny him a platform to voice his hateful views.
We would also like thank and acknowledge the other groups and individuals who worked with GLAAD to ensure that such a viruently anti-gay performer would not be welcome so long as he continues to stand by his violent lyrics.