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Disgraced Georgian soprano plans charity concert for gay rights
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Disgraced Georgian soprano plans charity concert for gay rights

LAST UPDATED // Monday, 21 July 2014 10:18 Written by // Sabine Brix

Soprano Tamar Iveri, who was reportedly sacked by Opera Australia after a letter surfaced on her Facebook page referring to LGBTI people as ‘fecal masses’, has now planned a charity concert for gay rights in her home country of Georgia.

about violent attacks against Georgians who were trying to mark International Day Against Homophobia and Transphobia (IDAHO) was posted by her Facebook account.

‘I was quite proud of the fact how Georgian society spat at the parade,’ the post read, which also referred to displays of gay pride as ‘fecal masses.’

- See more at: http://www.gaystarnews.com/article/georgian-opera-singer-tamar-iveri-announces-charity-concert-gay-rights180714#sthash.7Tfo9Wkb.dpufThe comments caused outrage and the subsequent release of Iveri from her contract, Opera Australia deeming the remarks “unconscionable”Iveri has since apologised for the statement and maintains that her husband wrote the offending comments under her name.

According to the Georgian website Democracy and Freedom Watch, Iveri spoke at a press conference explaining her plans for an LGBTI rights charity concert to take place on 11 October in Tblisi - world National Coming Out Day. The event would allow her to issue an apology to LGBTI people.

“This is to apologize and to express support,” she said at a joint press conference with Identoba, an organisation which works to protect the rights of LGBT people in Georgia.

Iveri was due to perform in Opera Australia’s June 2014 production of Otello when a letter surfaced on her Facebook page which referred to violent attacks against LGBTI people in Georgia who were trying to mark International Day Against Homophobia and Transphobia (IDAHO) in 2013.

The post read: "I was quite proud of the fact how Georgian society spat at the parade," which then referred to displays of gay pride as 'fecal masses.'

The soprano has since apologised for the post claiming her husband wrote the offending comments under her name.

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Sabine Brix

Sabine Brix

Sabine Brix is the digital editor for Gay News Network.

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