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Sia To Donate Proceeds From Eminem Collaboration To Homeless LGBT Youth

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BEVERLY HILLS, CA - MAY 18: Singer Sia arrives at An Evening With Women benefiting The L.A. Gay & Lesbian Center at the Beverly Hilton Hotel on May 18, 2013 in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by Kevin Winter/Getty Images) | Kevin Winter/Getty Images

Queer artist Sia came under fire this week for her collaborative track with Eminem, "Beautiful Pain," which is featured on the controversial rapper's latest album, "The Marshall Mathers LP 2."

In response, the singer-songwriter has announced that she will donate the proceeds she receives from her work on the track to benefit homeless LGBT youth at the Los Angeles Gay & Lesbian Center.

Sia told HuffPost blogger and N.Y. based D.J. Keo Nozari that "she was under the impression that Eminem’s alter-ego Slim Shady was performance art, and a thing of the past, asserting that she does not believe that Eminem is actually homophobic."

According to SheWired, the star's contribution will reportedly help fund "a 50-bed shelter, a transitional living program, medical care, meals, clothing, counseling, GED prep programs, job placement services and more, according to the release from the L.A. Gay & Lesbian Center."

Eminem has been on the receiving end of harsh criticism for his use of the word "faggot" on the album, and his attempts to defend his use of the gay slur as "more like calling someone a 'bitch' or a 'punk' or 'a**hole.'"

Some individuals have even suggested that the rap superstar witness the reality of queer experience firsthand by being put on a suicide hotline for LGBT youth.

To learn more about the plight of LGBT homeless youth in Los Angeles, check out this video featuring Jamie Foxx, Elton John, Lisa Ling, Lisa Vanderpump, James Woods.

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