A day after almost 140 artists, including pop stars Lady Gaga, Ariana Grande, Cyndi Lauper, Janelle Monae and Grimes, released an open letter urging Texas leaders to reject legislation that would strike down transgender-friendly bathroom policies in public schools, government buildings and city ordinances, Austin’s largest music event producer, C3 Presents, released a statement supporting the artists.
The statement, released to the Statesman through the company’s press agent on Wednesday, reads, “C3 Presents fully supports and stands with the artists and others speaking out in opposition to SB 6 and wholeheartedly opposes this exclusionary and unfair bill targeting the LGBTQ community in Texas, which will cause unnecessary economic damage to our state.”
In addition to producing the annual Austin City Limits Festival, which runs for two weekends in October, C3 Presents books shows in many of the largest venues in town including Stubb’s BBQ, ACL Live, Emo’s and the Erwin Center. C3 also produces the annual Lollapalooza festival in Chicago, and at many other locations throughout the world.
In their letter, the artists did not explicitly threaten a boycott if the two bills, Senate Bill 6 and House Bill 1362, pass the Texas Legislature, but, they wrote, “We are watching.”
“It is up to us to commit to doing everything in our power to make sure all of our fans, crews and fellow artists feel safe and welcome, wherever we go,” they wrote.