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The pop star Madonna has announced that she will be making a stop in Nashville, Tennessee during her upcoming Celebration Tour, with all the proceeds from it going to transgender rights groups.

Madonna Takes A Stand

Daily Mail reported that Madonna, 64, has said that during her stop in Nashville, she is planning to “celebrate” the LGBTQ+ community after Tennessee officially banned drag shows in public spaces last week.

“The oppression of the LGBTQ+ is not only unacceptable and inhumane; it’s creating an unsafe environment; making America a dangerous place for our most vulnerable citizens, especially trans women of color,” Madonna wrote on Instagram.

“Also, these so-called laws to protect. our children are unfounded and pathetic,” she added. “Anyone with half a brain knows not to f**k with a drag queen.”

Madonna went on to say that Bob the Drag Queen, who won the eighth season of the reality show “RuPaul’s Drag Race,” will be coming on tour with her to “celebrate the beauty that is the Queer community!”

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Tennessee Passes Law

The New York Post reported that this came after Tennessee passed a law about “adult cabaret performance,” which now includes “male or female impersonators,” that states that “it is an offense for a person to engage in an adult cabaret performance … In a location where the adult cabaret performance could be viewed by a person who is not an adult.”

Under the law, a first offense would be considered a misdemeanor with a punishment of up to a $2,500 fine and/or up to one year in jail. Offenses after that would be considered felonies that could bring six months in jail.

Madonna’s GLAAD Award

Madonna has long been seen as an activist in the LGBTQ+ community, and she even received the GLAAD’s Advocate for Change Award back in 2019.

“A big part of my history is intertwined with being an advocate for change,” Madonna said at the time. “It meant a lot to me, cause it’s not superficial … I had to try and stop crying a few times. I have a lot of memories over the last 30 years and fighting for change and being in the trenches.”

Madonna went on to recall living through the AIDS crisis in the 1980s. 

“I lived through a lot of painful moments and lost a lot of friends,” she stated. “It was not an easy journey, when you look back and remember that, those things, and also the people that you loved that you lost and wish they were there with you – that sort of thing.”

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Madonna ‘Felt Compelled’ To Help LGBTQ Community

Madonna then said that she “felt compelled to come to the rescue of the LGBTQ community back in the very beginning because they were always there for” her.

Sarah Kate Ellis, who is the president and CEO of GLAAD, said at the time that Madonna “always has and always will be the LGBTQ community’s greatest ally.”

Madonna’s Celebration Tour is set to begin on July 15 with a show in Vancouver, Canada. Over 80 shows are scheduled to commence after that, with the final one being in Phoenix, Arizona on January 20, 2024. It remains to be seen if Madonna’s push for transgender rights will pay off for her in the long run. 

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