||Entertainment. KVSC 88.1 FM and the LGBT Resource Center at St. Cloud State University (SCSU) present: Hip Hop Against Homophobia 5-7 p.m. Oct. 18 in Atwood Ballroom. The event is free for students and the community.
Featuring all local artists, Hip Hop Against Homophobia is a series of concerts that have taken place in Minneapolis since 2009 and is now expanding to Central Minnesota. The consistent voice behind the Hip Hop Against Homophobia is Kyle “Guante” Tran Myhre, series co-founder, two-time National Poetry Slam champion, social justice activist, writer and educator.
“We wanted to create space for healthy community collaboration. To highlight the overlap that already exists between the Twin Cities’ big, vibrant, diverse hip-hop scene and big, vibrant, diverse LBGTQ culture,” said Guante. “We wanted to throw fun rap shows that were also explicitly safe spaces for people no matter how they identify.”
Artists to play SCSU’s Hip Hop Against Homophobia are: Toki Wright, Guante, Big Cats, See More Perspective, Heidi Barton Stink and Kaoz. All of these artists are identified as LGTBQ or Straight Allies. The artists were selected by Guante to perform because of their vocal support of equality in terms of sexual orientation as well as their eloquence in spreading that message.
Various community businesses and campus organizations will be present to show their support for this movement of equality. Hip Hop Against Homophobia is also being presented by The Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender (LGBT) Resource Center at St. Cloud State University.
Hip Hop Against Homophobia is a free, all-ages concert, funded by the Minnesota Arts and Cultural Heritage Fund. KVSC 88.1 FM is an educational public radio station licensed to St. Cloud State University and is streamed online at KVSC.org.