Out Pop Star Sia to Donate Proceeds from Eminem Collaboration to LGBT Youth Programs

Sia will donate proceeds from "Beautiful Pain" to the Los Angeles Gay & Lesbian Center.
By: Tracy E. Gilchrist
November 05 2013 4:14 PM

On the heels of criticism she’s received for collaborating with Eminem, out pop diva Sia has decided to donate proceeds from her collaboration with him to benefit homeless LGBT youth at the Los Angeles Gay & Lesbian Center, according to a release from the Center.

Sia, the powerhouse behind hits like “Titanium,” came under fire for her collaborating with him on the song “Beautiful Pain” off of The Marshall Mathers LP2. Eminem is renowned for his antigay lyrics dating back to about 2000. 

Australia native Sia told N.Y. based D.J. and writer Keo Nozari via Twitter that she was under the impression that Eminem’s alter-ego Slim Shady was performance art, and a thing of the past, asserting that she does not believe that Eminem is actually homophobic. But, as AfterEllen pointed out, lyrics off of “Rap God” from The Marshall Mathers LP2 would prove otherwise with hateful sentiments like, “Break a motherfucker’s table over the back of a couple off faggots and crack it in half,” and “You fags think it’s all a game till I walk a flock of flames off a plank, and tell me what in the fuck are you thinking.”

Sia told Nozari via Twitter, “I guess my only hope at this point is that beautiful pain will do more good than rap god does harm.” She added, “I feel powerless. I thought Slim Shady had been put to bed. Now what’s done is done on my end.”

The Twitter conversation with Nozari occurred a few days ago, and Sia has since found a way to turn the profits from her collaboration into good by donating proceeds to LGBT youth.

Her contribution will help to fund programs for a 50-bed shelter, a transitional living program, medical care, meals, clothing, counseling, GED prep programs, job placement services and more, according to the release from the L.A. Gay & Lesbian Center.

Last spring Sia was introduced to the Center by her friend, music producer and Center advocate Linda Perry, when Sia performed at the Center’s annual An Evening with Women.

Sia's donation to the Center will help support programs and facilities including a 50-bed shelter and transitional living program, medical care, meals, clothing, counseling, GED preparation program, job placement services, and much more.

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