People urge the fest headliners to give their fees in support of LGBT. Philip Anschutz, chief of AEG, that runs Coachella and London’s o2 arena, was listed as a donor to a number of anti-LGBT hate groups – including a fringe group that battles to keep sodomy laws around the world on the books. The businessman actively denies accusations of homophobia.
But now people want proofs that Coachella is LGBT-friendly. The Care2 petition has asked the festival headliners to donate their profits to groups like The Trevor Project, Trans Lifeline and the Human Rights Campaign. Care2 LGBT campaigner Sarah Rose said: “As a transgender woman and advocate for the LGBTQ community, my genuine hope is that these artists can turn a bad situation into a positive one. I’m a diehard music fan and a musician myself, and I strongly believe that music shouldn’t be used as a means to discriminate.” More than 5,000 people have already put their name to the petition.