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Nick Jonas will be the pride of Pittsburgh this weekend.
Two days after Iggy Azalea backed out of her scheduled Pittsburgh Pride performance on June 13, Delta Foundation of Pittsburgh said Jonas will be taking her place. “We’re thrilled to announce that multi-platinum selling recording artist and actor Nick Jonas is the new headliner,” the organization tweeted.
Before Azalea canceled her appearance, the city’s LGBTQ community expressed outrage over tweets she had previously posted that were viewed as homophobic. Pittsburgh City Council president Bruce Kraus, the city’s first openly gay elected official, had publicly criticized the 25-year-old rapper, and a few groups canceled their appearances in protest over her appearance at Saturday’s Pride in the Street concert. “I am sorry to anyone I have offended or disappointed & I wish all my fans and friends participating in Pride the best of luck,” Azalea explained on Twitter.
Luckily, Jonas was available and willing to fill in.
“When I heard about the difficult position Pittsburgh Pride was in just days before their event, I knew I had to find a way to help,” Jonas, 22, said in a statement. “I’m excited to do what I can to support the LGBT community in Pittsburgh, and I look forward to seeing you this Saturday as we celebrate together.”
General admission tickets are on sale for $ 35, while reserved front row tickets cost $ 150. To attend the event, concertgoers must be at least 18 or be accompanied by a parent or guardian over the age of 25.
For years, Jonas has been a vocal supporter of the LGBTQ community. “My thoughts on gay marriage are that everyone has the right to love and be loved, and that’s the position I take,” the “Chains” singer told Out magazine in 2012. “My upbringing was faith-based, but [the Jonas Brothers and I] believed you should love all others as you want to be loved, because everyone should be treated equally.”
Jonas’ fanbase grew in 2014 after a series of shirtless photo shoots, gay club appearances and more. “I don’t know if I’d necessarily call myself a gay icon,” the “Jealous” singer told Rolling Stone. “But my goal in the last year was to expand and grow as a person and an artist, and embracing my gay fans was a priority. Some of my gay friends have thanked me for that, and that’s a really good feeling.”
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