A benefit concert against hate-related violence is being organized and headlined by opera singer Tamar Iveri after she was rebuked and fired from several jobs following a Facebook controversy.
Responding to violence at a Pride parade in Georgia last year, Iveri's Facebook page declared, "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." and "Please, stop vigorous attempts to bring the West's 'faecal masses' in the mentality of the people by means of propaganda." Iveri would later claim her husband was responsible for the posts and that she has never been homophobic.
Iveri was later fired from jobs in Australia and Belgium. Now, she says she's planning a concert "dedicated to victims of all kinds of violence," and it will take place in the Georgian capital of Tbilisi on October 11, National Comming Out Day.