Jason Isbell, Maren Morris, Sheryl Crow, Paramore’s Hayley Williams, and Allison Russell perform at a LGBTQ+ benefit concert

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Jason Isbell, an American singer-songwriter and guitarist, is joining several other artists to perform at a benefit concert in Nashville for organizations that serve the LGBTQ+ community. The concert, called “Love Rising Tennessee,” is being held in partnership with the Looking Out Foundation and will take place on March 20 at Bridgestone Arena.

The event was organized by Isbell and Allison Russell and includes performances by Hozier, Brittany Howard, Brothers Osborne, Amanda Shires, Julien Baker, Joy Oladokun, Yola, Jake Wesley Rogers, Mya Byrne, and the Rainbow Coalition Band. Additional performers will be announced soon.

Proceeds from the concert will benefit several organizations, including Tennessee Equality Project, Inclusion Tennessee, OutMemphis, and the Tennessee Pride Chamber, and the Looking Out Foundation will accept donations and double contributions up to a maximum of $100,000.

The concert is a response to anti-LGBTQ+ laws that have been passed in Tennessee in recent years, including Senate Bill 3 and House Bill 9, which restricted drag in public spaces. Other legislation passed in Tennessee this year includes laws preventing transgender students from playing sports consistent with their gender identity, a law allowing officials to refuse to solemnize marriage on religious grounds, and a law banning gender-affirming healthcare for minors.

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Isbell and Russell, who organized the event, hope to show support for LGBTQ+ advocacy organizations that are working to build bridges, reduce harm, and promote equality for all Tennesseans. Russell, a queer intersectional artist and mother, said, “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!” Isbell added, “We can’t in good conscience just stand by and let that happen.”

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