I have to be honest, Bandcamp has stated this much more eloquently than I can (their message below in italics), but here goes my take:
The President is a bigoted, intolerant asshole. Recent statements barring transgender troops from serving this country in the military isn’t just foolish and witless, its just fucking wrong.
Buy music from any artist (or the suggested sampling of some of the music made by trans and gender non-conforming artists on Bandcamp.) today and there will be a 100% share donated to the Transgender Law Center. If you want to ‘pay what you want’ for any of our Red Line Roots sponsored samplers then we will donate all of that to the nonprofit organization as well.
Stand up, stand together. You aren’t alone.
Bandcamp is a platform for artistic expression, and all manner of variance in experience and identity, including gender and sexuality, is welcome here. We support our LGBT+ users and staff, and we stand against any person or group that would see them further marginalized. This includes the current U.S. administration, and its recent capricious declaration that transgender troops will no longer be able to serve in the military. That this announcement was motivated in part to help fund the border wallexposes it as part of the administration’s cynical, discriminatory agenda.
In response, we will be donating 100% of our share of every sale today, August 4th (from midnight to midnight Pacific Time) to the Transgender Law Center, a nonprofit organization that works tirelessly to change law, policy, and culture for the more equitable. TLC does critical policy advocacy and litigation on multiple fronts, fights for healthcare for trans veterans, defends incarcerated trans people from abuse in prisons and detention centers, supports trans immigrants, and helps trans youth tell their stories and build communities.
When an Executive Order was issued earlier this year barring immigrants and refugees from seven Middle Eastern countries from entering the United States, we held a wildly successful fundraiser for the ACLU. We hope you’ll join us in now doing the same in support of trans rights. To participate as a fan, simply purchase music through Bandcamp today and we’ll donate our share of the sale to TLC. To participate as an artist or label, send some or all of your share of today’s sales directly to TLC here, and let us know your plan in the comments below so that we can help spread the word. Since our announcement, over 200 bands and labels have joined us in donating their share of proceeds to TLC. You can see that list here.