Icelandic band Sigur Ros have unveiled the pro-equality t-shirts they plan to sell at Margaret Court Arena, to hit back at the tennis legend’s recent anti-gay comments.
Sigur Ros (pictured) is touring Australia this month and will play the Melbourne venue on July 27.
The band, whose frontman Jónsi Birgisson is openly gay, announced last month they’d heard Court’s anti-gay comments and in response they’d commission a special t-shirt to go on sale at their concert venues and online to raise money for Australian Marriage Equality.
“We know Margaret Court’s opinions are not shared by the majority of Australians. We want to add our voice to the call for marriage equality in Australia – right here on Margaret Court Arena itself,” the band said.
“Australia should be a country that celebrates positivity and inclusion, as well as achievement on the sporting field.
“Let’s make July 27th Margaret Court Arena’s most inclusive night ever and call for every Australian to have the same dignity and respect right here on centre court.”
The band posted photos to social media of the shirt’s intricate design featuring a rainbow, two naked men, two women, the Icelandic and Australian flags, and a banner reading “Sameinuð stöndum vér” or “We are united”.
— sigur rós (@sigurros) July 11, 2017
In Iceland, same-sex partnerships have been recognised since 1996 and in 2010 the country’s parliament legislated for marriage equality.
Former Icelandic prime minister Jóhanna Sigurðardóttir was the world’s first openly gay PM, and one of the first Icelanders to get married under the laws.
Australian band Grinspoon also played the venue recently and hit back at Court’s comments with their own fundraising shirts that covered up the words “Margaret Court Arena” with “Marriage Equality Arena”.