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Artists Rally for Equality and Inclusion in Tennessee

by WS Editors

Mar 8, 2023 | Culture

Love Rising


Featuring Allison Russell, Amanda Shires, Brittany Howard, Brothers Osborne, Hayley Williams, Hozier, Jake Wesley Rogers, Jason Isbell, Joy Oladokun, Julien Baker, Maren Morris, Mya Byrne, Sheryl Crow, The Rainbow Coalition Band, Yola and more TBA

March 20 at Bridgestone Arena in Nashville, TN
Presented by Live Nation

A Benefit Concert for Tennessee Equality Project, Inclusion Tennessee, OUTMemphis and The Tennessee Pride Chamber in Partnership With Looking Out Foundation


A celebration of Life, Liberty and the Pursuit of Happiness.
Let Freedom Sing — and Dance!

LOVE RISING, a benefit concert for the Tennessee Equality Project, inclusion tennessee, OUTMemphis and The Tennessee Pride Chamber will take place on March 20th at Bridgestone Arena in Nashville, TN presented by Live Nation. Performers include Sheryl Crow, Maren Morris, Jason Isbell, Hayley Williams, Hozier, Brittany Howard, Brothers Osborne, Amanda Shires, Julien Baker, Joy Oladokun, Yola, Jake Wesley Rogers, Mya Byrne and Allison Russell and the Rainbow Coalition Band, with more to be announced. Tickets go on sale beginning Wednesday, March 8th at 10AM local time with net proceeds benefiting these important organizations. The Looking Out Foundation will support the event by accepting donations and doubling contributions received, up to a maximum of $100,000. Fans can purchase tickets HERE.

Since 2015, Tennessee has enacted more anti-LGBTQIA+ laws than any other state in the country. The latest of these are Senate Bill 3 and House Bill 9 — two anti-LGBTQIA+ bills that ban all performances deemed male or female impersonation otherwise known as “drag” from taking place on any public property in the state, as well as in any location where people under 18 could be present.

“As a queer, intersectional artist and mother, raising my child in Nashville, it’s important to me to support these wonderful Tennessee LGBTQIA+ advocacy organizations, working so hard to build bridges, reduce harm and promote equality for all Tennesseans,” says Allison Russell. “LGBTQIA+ contributions and creativity are foundational to every genre of modern song and arts performance. I think it speaks volumes that so many in our community are feeling the same call to support, celebrate and uplift!” “SB3/HB9 and SB1/HB1 are clearly targeted attacks on Tennesseans who haven’t done anything wrong,” says Jason Isbell. “These bills add up to an attempt to eradicate a valuable part of our community and force good people to live in fear. We can’t in good conscience just stand by and let that happen.”

Take action!view current legislative proposals and campaigns here
Register to vote in Tennessee online here
Join Love Rising on March 20th. Buy your tickets here.
Donate here!
What starts in Tennessee ends with you and me!

Tennessee Equality Project

The Tennessee quality Project advocates for the equal rights of LGBTQ people in Tennessee. We do this through legislative advocacy. That means we lobby the Tennessee General assembly and local governments around the state. When there is an important federal issue, like bills that include anti-LGBTQ adoption language we help to make your voice heard with your federal officials.

inclusion tennessee

inclusion tennessee is an equity and justice oriented organization focused on connecting the multi-faceted LGBTQIA+ community to programs, services and resources throughout Tennessee. Founded in 2021, inclusion tennessee is committed to building models of collaborative impact statewide through advocacy and education, creating health and wellness programming and developing navigation services, while also building safe spaces for the LGBTQIA+ community to gather throughout the state. To learn more about the organization visit inclusiontn.org or follow us at @inclusiontn.


OUTMemphis was founded in 1989 and is the largest and longest-running social services provider for LGBTQ+ people in the region. Our multi-faceted programs, serving thousands of individuals each year, include health and wellness services, financial assistance, resource referrals, social and support groups, cultural humility education, and our nationally-recognized comprehensive program for LGBTQ+ young adults experiencing homelessness. In 2021, OUTMemphis opened our youth emergency center, home to emergency and transitional housing and our welcoming drop-in center. LGBTQ+ people from across the South find their way to Memphis seeking our impactful programs. To find services, volunteer, or see more of our work find us at outmemphis.org and @outmemphis.

The Tennessee Pride Chamber

The Tennessee Pride Chamber represents hundreds of corporations, small businesses, and individual LGBTQ+ and allied professionals in Tennessee. Tennessee Pride Chamber programs are driven by the mantra, “Advocate, Educate, Connect.” We are a leading business voice on LGBTQ+ advocacy efforts at the state and local level representing a coalition of Tennessee businesses. We offer educational opportunities to our members to further their careers and grow their businesses. We connect our members and our communities to business and economic opportunities. The Tennessee Pride Chamber is the only affiliate of the National LGBT Chamber of Commerce (NGLCC) in the state. To learn more about the Tennessee Pride Chamber follow us at @tnpridechamber on social media. Join the Tennessee Pride Chamber today at tnpridechamber.com.

The Looking Out Foundation

The Looking Out Foundation (LOF) amplifies the impact of music by empowering those without a voice. From neighborhood to nation, we help fund causes and organizations that often go unnoticed. Founded in 2008 by multiple Grammy winning artists Brandi Carlile, Tim and Phil Hanseroth, we band together with fans, non-profits and female LGBTQ+ owned businesses to translate voices of song to voices of action. We are nimble to the ever-changing needs of the human race, and adapt to support the diverse demographic we serve. Every campaign we launch is backed by our passionate donors and fans, and $2 from every concert ticket sold goes directly toward our efforts. Since its inception, LOF has donated over $4 million to support social justice and humanitarian causes across the US and globally, providing vital funding for disaster relief aid, protection for children and families in war torn countries, food insecurity programs, racial justice, incarceration prevention, and self-defense workshops for marginalized communities. With an average donation of $25 per campaign, our community of supporters exemplifies the global impact of grassroots level activism and fundraising. Together, we are making Music Mean More.

About Live Nation Entertainment

Live Nation Entertainment (NYSE: LYV) is the world’s leading live entertainment company comprised of global market leaders: Ticketmaster, Live Nation Concerts, and Live Nation Sponsorship. For additional information, visit www.livenationentertainment.com.

For more information on Love Rising contact:

Meghan Helsel | Grandstand Media | [email protected]
Monique Sowinksi | Live Nation | [email protected]

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