Music-sharing service Bandcamp has announced that, in support of transgender rights, all proceeds on Friday will go to the Transgender Law Center. As Bandcamp describes it, the TLC is a “nonprofit organization that works tirelessly to change law, policy and culture for the more equitable.” This is in response to President Donald Trump’s recent tweets regarding his stance on transgender individuals serving in the U.S. military.
“Bandcamp is a platform for artistic expression, and all manner of variance in experience and identity, including gender and sexuality, is welcome here,” Bandcamp said. “We support our LGBT+ users and staff, and we stand against any person or group that would see them further marginalized.”
This isn’t the first time Bandcamp has taken action against the current administration. Earlier this year, the organization held a fundraiser for the American Civil Liberties Union in response to Trump’s executive order that barred immigrants from seven Middle Eastern countries.
Read the company’s full statement below, and find their playlist of music shared by trans and gender non-conforming artists on Bandcamp here.
Bandcamp is a platform for artistic expression, and all manner of variance in experience and identity, including gender and sexuality, is welcome here. We support our LGBT+ users and staff, and we stand against any person or group that would see them further marginalized. This includes the current U.S. administration, and its recent capricious declaration that transgender troops will no longer be able to serve in the military. That this announcement was motivated in part to help fund the border wall exposes it as part of the administration’s cynical, discriminatory agenda.
In response, we will be donating 100% of our share of every sale on Friday, August 4th (from midnight to midnight Pacific Time) to the Transgender Law Center, a nonprofit organization that works tirelessly to change law, policy, and culture for the more equitable. TLC does critical policy advocacy and litigation on multiple fronts, fights for healthcare for trans veterans, defends incarcerated trans people from abuse in prisons and detention centers, supports trans immigrants, and helps trans youth tell their stories and build communities.
When an Executive Order was issued earlier this year barring immigrants and refugees from seven Middle Eastern countries from entering the United States, we held a wildly successful fundraiser for the ACLU. We hope you’ll join us in now doing the same in support of trans rights. To participate as a fan, simply purchase music through Bandcamp on Friday and we’ll donate our share of the sale to TLC. To participate as an artist or label, send some or all of your share of Friday’s sales directly to TLC here, and let us know your plan in the comments below so that we can help spread the word. Thank you!