Thom Yorke, Paul McCartney and more lobby congress on gun control

Lady Gaga and Trent Reznor have also signed the open letter

More than 200 industry figures including Thom York, Paul McCartney, Lady Gaga, Yoko Ono and Trent Reznor have signed an open letter urging American Congress to “Stop Gun Violence Now”.

The open letter, penned by Billboard, appears on the cover of this week’s issue of the magazine. Other signees include Beck, Iggy Pop, Katy Perry, Britney Spears,Michael Stipe, Lin-Manuel Miranda, Stevie Nicks, Pearl Jam, Wilco, My Morning Jacket, Courtney Love, Diplo, Kesha, Ringo Starr, Questlove, Pusha T, Rivers Cuomo, Sia, Selena Gomez, Talib Kweli, Wayne Coyne, Zayn, Alicia Keys, Andy Samberg, and Andrew Bird.

The letter states that music, which “has been celebrated communally, on dancefloors and at concert halls,” is now threatened due to gun violence. They ask Congress to address two matters to prevent gun violence: “Require a background check for every gun sale,” and “Block suspected terrorists from buying guns.” You can read the full letter here.

Earlier this week (June 21) Frank Ocean wrote a personal and poetic response to this month’s homophobically-motivated Orlando shootings and the ongoing controversy over North Carolina’s so-called “bathroom bill”.

In a clearly heartfelt message posted on his Tumblr, Ocean discusses the need for LGBT pride in the face of continued prejudice.

“Many hate us and wish we didn’t exist. Many are annoyed by our wanting to be married like everyone else or use the correct restroom like everyone else,” he writes. “Many don’t see anything wrong with passing down the same old values that send thousands of kids into suicidal depression each year. So we say pride and we express love for who and what we are. Because who else will in earnest?” You can read the full message on Frank Ocean’s Tumblr.
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