QUEER VOICES
07/21/2014 11:26 am ET | Updated Feb 02, 2016

Tamar Iveri, Georgian Soprano, Announces Benefit Concert To Apologize To Gay Communtiy

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How do you earn back the respect of the queer community after making some pretty horrific anti-gay comments?

This seems like a pretty good start.

Georgian soprano Tamar Iveri landed herself in hot water earlier this year when the press brought to light an anti-gay Facebook post made by the singer in May 2013. After being released from her contract with Opera Australia as a result of the anti-gay Comments, Iveri is now reportedly planning a concert to benefit lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) victims of violence.

According to Classicalite, the concert is scheduled to take place on National Coming Out Day, Oct. 11, in Tbilisi, Georgia and will be "dedicated to the victims of all kinds of violence."

Iveri's comments were originally presented as an open letter to the president of Georgia in wake of violence at the 2012 Gerogian gay pride march. The comments stated,

I was quite proud of the fact how Georgian society spat at the parade… Often, in certain cases, it is necessary to break jaws in order to be appreciated as a nation in the future, and to be taken into account seriously. Please, stop vigorous attempts to bring West’s "fecal masses" in the mentality of the people by means of propaganda.

(h/t Towleroad)

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