- The Washington Times - Wednesday, February 22, 2017

Retired rocker Grace Slick announced Tuesday that she chose to license one of her songs to conservative fast-food chain Chick-fil-A so that she could donate the proceeds to benefit the LGBT community.

Ms. Slick, who sang vocals for Jefferson Airplane, Jefferson Starship, and Starship, penned an op-ed Tuesday for Forbes explaining her controversial decision to let Chick-fil-A use Starship’s “Nothing’s Gonna Stop Us Now” in an ad that first aired during the Feb. 12 Grammy Awards ceremony.

“Chick-fil-A pisses me off,” the 77-year-old wrote. “The Georgia-based company has a well-documented history of funding organizations, through their philanthropic foundation WinShape, that are against gay marriage. In interviews, CEO Dan T. Cathy has critiqued gay-rights supporters who ‘have the audacity to define marriage’ and said they are bringing ‘God’s judgment’ upon the nation.

“I firmly believe that men should be able to marry men, and women women. I am passionately against anyone who would try to suppress this basic human right,” she continued. “I am donating every dime that I make from that ad to Lambda Legal, the largest national legal organization working to advance the civil rights of LGBTQ people, and everyone living with HIV.”

Ms. Slick insisted that making the donation was her plan all along, and that she wasn’t just making the gesture to “cover [her] ass.”

“From the moment I agreed to license the song, I knew I wanted to set an example for other artists,” she wrote. “I wanted to tell them, ‘Your art will survive and thrive. Do not let it be used by companies who support intolerance. Don’t be afraid to take a stand. You’re an artist; that’s what we do.’

“I hope more musicians will think about the companies that they let use their songs; we can use our gifts to help stop the forces of bigotry,” she concluded. “Nothing’s gonna stop us now.”

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