Ariana Grande Donates $300,000 to Planned Parenthood

Published June 12th, 2019 - 10:41 GMT
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Ariana will headline the Manchester Pride Live concert on August 25
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Ariana Grande has donated proceeds from her sold out Atlanta concert to Planned Parenthood one month after the state of Georgia passed the 'fetal heartbeat' abortion law.  

The nonprofit organization that provides reproductive health care in the United States and globally will receive $300,000 according to a report from TMZ on Tuesday.  

As several production companies have decided to stop filming in the state, many other entertainment entities have called for a boycott due to the new state restrictions.  

Under the new law, abortion will only be allowed, 'to avoid a serious health risk to the unborn child's mother,' or if the 'unborn child has a lethal anomaly,' according to CNN.

The state also shut down an amendment for an exemption for cases of rape and incest, as the new law aims to challenge the 1973 Roe V. Wade ruling that legalized abortions in all 50 states.

The tour stop was a controversial one as the recent newscame just a day after she apologized o fans after a homophobic protest took place outside her concert in Atlanta on Saturday.

The Thank U, Next songstress, who is an advocate of LGBTQ rights, tweeted her love and support to fans after concertgoers were greeted by two male protesters outside the State Farm Arena holding up a rainbow banner with the word Pride crossed out.

In videos posted to Twitter by fans, one of the men was seen speaking with fans and telling them they 'worship a false God' because they disagreed with the protest. June is Pride month.

Concertgoers said they forced the homophobic protestors to leave, with clips showing the crowd singing Bananarama's Na Na Hey Hey Kiss Him Goodbye.

One of the protestors with a mic was swilled with a drink, with someone saying: 'This is what happens when you’re homophobic.'

The speaker was reportedly knocked over and the banner thrown onto the floor by the end. 

The singer, 25, reached out to her fans following the vile protest and said in response to the first video: 'Man... saddened but not surprised by this one bit. i’m so sorry any of my fans had to encounter this. we will do our best to ensure this doesn’t happen again. 

'proud of u all for not fighting / engaging violently. never worth it. wishing him peace & a healed heart cause girl yikes

'he is highly outnumbered. you are all so celebrated and loved and safe.'

She added: 'also, he was doing the be alright choreo in his garage later that night, i promise.'

Ariana will headline the Manchester Pride Live concert on August 25, where she leads the bill alongside Years & Years and Bananarama.   

Speaking about her upcoming performance, she said: ‘The LGBTQ community has been so special to me and supportive throughout my entire career. 

'The relationships I have with my LGBTQ fans, friends, and family make me so, so happy. I want to celebrate and support this community, regardless of my identity or how people label me. ' 

 


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