GLAAD, the world’s largest LGBTQ media advocacy organization, and groundbreaking country artist Ty Herndon have added new names to the performance lineup for the “Concert For Love & Acceptance.” Chapel Hart, Sam Williams, Jamie Floyd, Brandon Stansell and Bryan Ruby join the lineup for Wednesday, June 7, 2023, at Wildhorse Saloon in Nashville on the eve of CMA Fest.
Previously announced, Maddie & Tae, Terri Clark, Pam Tillis, Desmond Child, Wendy Moten, Billy Gilman, Shelly Fairchild, and Justin Fabus will be performing with additional artist announcements forthcoming.
“At a time when there are so many folks trying to divide us, I’m so proud to see the Nashville music community coming together to support love and acceptance for all people,” says Herndon. “This is going to be a great night of music and positivity that celebrates LGBTQ artists, allies and fans—and we’ve still got more exciting announcements ahead.”
Herndon and GLAAD joined together for the first time in 2015 to create the “Concert For Love & Acceptance” to promote LGBTQ visibility and acceptance among the country music community and artists, industry leaders and fans. Held as an annual live event until 2019, the concert was staged as a virtual event in response to the COVID pandemic in 2020 and 2021.
The event has featured performances and appearances by LGBTQ artists and allies, including Reba McEntire, Vince Gill, Brothers Osborne, Jake Owen, Kristin Chenoweth, Chely Wright, Tanya Tucker, Brett Young, Michael Ray, Mickey Guyton, Chris Daughtry, Lily Rose and many more.
“Although it is currently an extremely turbulent time for LGBTQ people as we are forced to navigate many barriers being brought forth by a wave of anti-LGBTQ bills popping up all over the country, there is still a palpable momentum happening in Nashville and within country music to make it a more welcoming place for queer people,” says Anthony Allen Ramos, GLAAD Vice President of Communications and Talent.
For more information and to purchase tickets for the “Concert For Love & Acceptance,” visit F4LA.org.
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