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Another "Kill Gays" Singer Slated for Chicago's House of Blues

Dancehall musician Buju Banton, who graphically advocates killing gays in the lyrics of his songs, is scheduled to perform on Wednesday, September 13 at the House of Blues, 329 N. Dearborn, Chicago.

In his song "Boom, Bye Bye," for example, Banton urges people to shoot gay men in the head, pour acid over them, and burn them alive.

No mainstream club would book acts which call for the death of other groups of people, but that current House of Blues management has repeatedly booked "artists" who call for killing gays. Despite repeated protests, this is the fourth time in the last two years that the Chicago club has slated a performer from the "kill gays" genre.

The Gay Liberation Network and Black LGBT and Allies For Equality have called for a protest to begin at 7 PM, Wednesday, September 13 (doors to the club open at 7:30 PM with Banton's performance set for 9 PM).

The Gay Liberation Network recently learned that the House of Blues chain of clubs was getting new ownership this fall, a firm called Live Nation, and on August 18 sent a letter via certified mail to Live Nation's President, Bruce Eskowitz, asking him to meet with GLN to discuss no longer booking acts which advocate violence against gays.

GLN has yet to receive a reply from Live Nation, and is thus discussing the possible launch of a wholesale boycott against all performances at the club.


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