Beyoncé is set to headline the Chime For Change charity concert in London on June 1 at Twickenham Stadium. The “Run The World” singer will be joined by Florence + the Machine, John Legend, Ellie Goulding, Timbaland, and more.
Chime For Change is a charity started by Gucci, the Italian fashion and leather brand, that supports equal opportunities for girls and women world wide, and focuses on education, health, and social justice issues.
“I have always felt strongly about equal opportunity for women,” the singer says in a statement on the CFC website. “Girls have to be taught from early on that they are strong and capable of being anything they want to be. It’s up to us to change the statistics for women around the world. I’m honored to be in the company of women who live fearlessly and set an example for the next generation.”
Beyoncé has a 1-year-old daughter with her husband, rapper Jay-Z.
Gucci have said that all ticket sales will go toward the campaign’s various projects. On June 2, every ticket holder will receive a voucher with a code that can be applied to one of the projects.
Beyoncé also showed further support for same sex marriage yesterday, posting a hand written note on her Instagram account saying, “If you like it you should be able to put a ring on it.” She also hash tagged: #wewilluniteformarriageequality. The singer was referrencing her own song, “Single Ladies (Put a Ring On It)” from her 2008 I Am Saha Fierce album.
The U.S. Supreme Court is currently debating the validity of Proposition 8, a measure that was voted on in 2008 in California that made marriage only valid if it was between a man and a woman, therefore making all same sex marriages in California null and void.
In the past both Beyoncé and Jay-Z have publicly supported the rights of same sex couples.
When asked last year about President Obama’s pro gay marriage stance, Jay-Z told CNN, “What people do in their own homes is their business and you can choose to love whoever you love. That’s their business. It’s no different than discriminating against blacks. It’s discrimination, plain and simple.”