Adam Lambert and Kesha are just two of the stars who will be contributing to GLAAD’s ‘Together in Pride: You Are Not Alone’, a special livestream event to be broadcast Sunday, 26 April, at 8 p.m. ET on the organization’s YouTube channel and Facebook page.
The event will highlight the LGBTQ community’s response to COVID-19 and feature a star-studded line-up of guests including Billy Eichner, Kathy Griffin, Matt Bomer, Lilly Singh, Adam Lambert, Bebe Rexha, Dan Levy, Mj Rodriguez, Wilson Cruz, Gigi Gorgeous, Nats Getty, Michelle Visage, Javier Muñoz, Sean Hayes, Sharon Stone, and Tatiana Maslany. The livestream will feature interviews, video messages, performances by Kesha and Melissa Etheridge, and will raise funds for LGBTQ organizations associated with CenterLink.
“At a time when some LGBTQ people could be isolating in homes that are not affirming, GLAAD is bringing together the biggest LGBTQ stars and allies to send messages of love, support, and acceptance,” GLAAD president and CEO Sarah Kate Ellis said. “So many LGBTQ people, especially our youth, depend on support from local community centers around the country, and during this time of financial distress, we must come together as a community to ensure that all LGBTQ organizations can continue their lifesaving work.”
Last month, GLAAD joined more than 100 LGBTQ organizations in an open letter calling on U.S. public-health officials and media to address the heightened vulnerability of LGBTQ people to the COVID-19 pandemic.
The impact of the novel coronavirus pandemic has been far-reaching, per the organization, which drafted an open letter calling on public health officials to address the vulnerability of the LGBTQ community due to higher rates of cancer, HIV, and tobacco use, factors that can translate to more serious illness due to the virus.
Prior to ‘Together in Pride: You Are Not Alone,’ GLAAD will reveal a storytelling campaign on its site to spotlight LGBTQ people responding to COVID-19 and to remember those who lost their lives.
As an organization, GLAAD has been impacted due to widespread shutdowns of large-scale gatherings. GLAAD Media Awards in New York and in Los Angeles were both forced off the calendar and will be rescheduled for later this year.