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Peter Tatchell: ‘Stunned’ that U.S. gay activists got nothing from Buju Banton, ‘not even promises’

tatchellBritish gay-rights advocate Peter Tatchell sent me the following message for San Francisco activists who met on Monday with reggae star Buju Banton:

Hi SF LGBT Activists,

Thanks for your efforts.

I  don't doubt the good intentions of the LGBT activists who attended the meeting with Buju Banton in San Francisco, but they appear to have come away with nothing from Banton. Not even promises.

I was shocked to read this SF Weekly article.

Despite their failure to secure anything from Banton, LGBT
activists reportedly agreed to allow his concert at the Rock It Room to go ahead. If true, I am stunned that Banton's demand for a concert was conceded in exchange for nothing tangible from him.

Contrary to his claims, Banton has part performed Boom Bye Bye in recent years and he profits from continuing sales of this song. He still makes money from urging the killing of faggots. Did no one make this point to him?

He has used these PR and divide-and-rule tactics before - and LGBT Jamaicans were the losers.

This is not what LGBT Jamaicans in Jamaica and London wanted. I am shocked that no one seems to have asked Banton to sign the Reggae Compassionate Act (RCA copy attached). This was the least that he should have been asked to do.

Just look at Banton's record of lies and broken promises. See my briefing here.

Contrary to what the article says, this campaign not about Banton's homophobia. It is about his incitements to murder LGBTs, which is a criminal offence in Jamaica and the US. No one should concede an inch to people who incite the murder of other human beings - and who refuse to apologise.

I urge you to issue a news statement making at least some of these points, and urging concrete action from Banton to show that he has changed, such as him apologising to the LGBT communities (especially in Jamaica) and signing the RCA in public in front of you and the media (so he can't deny doing so in future).

Thank you for considering this representation.

Yours in solidarity!

Peter Tatchell, OutRage! London, international coordinator, Stop Murder Music Campaign

For information about Peter Tatchell’s campaigns: www.petertatchell.net

Reggae Compassionate Act- FINAL Sep 07

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Buju Banton's infamous song "Boom Bye Bye" says "gays must be killed' and it calls for gays to be shot in the head, shot with an Uzi, have acid thrown in their faces and to be burned like an old tire. This song has been controversial since it was released in 1992.

In all those years, Buju Banton has never distanced himself from this song.

Peter Tatchell and his UK groups OutRage and Stop Murder Music have done a great job of exposing and protesting against hateful reggae dancehall performers like Buju Banton, since at least 2004. Thanks, Peter!

Much of the material at http://cancelbujubanton.wetpaint.com/ relies on material researched and written by Peter Tatchell.

Why should we allow well-paid performers to tour this country when they have called for the maiming, torture and killing of LGBT people?

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