Cyndi Lauper, Troye Sivan, Rufus Wainwright and other artists are set to take part in the ‘Stonewall Gives Back’ live-streamed concert, organised as part of The Stonewall Inn Gives Back Initiative.
Hosted by RuPaul’s Drag Race judge Michelle Visage, the event takes place this Thursday, 23 April. Other guests and performers include actor Alan Cumming, Allie X, Dareen Hayes, Kim Petras, MUNA, Our Lady J and Nina West. You can check out a full list of performers below.
The Stonewall Inn Gives Back initiative, the official charity of the iconic Stonewall Inn in New York City, looks to raise funds for LGBTQ nightlife industry workers who require financial aid during the COVID-19 pandemic. Members of the sector are encouraged to apply for grants, which will then be decided and approved by initiative board members and legal advisers.
The initiative’s mission statement reads: “We are a non-profit charitable organization inspired by the struggles and ideals of the LGBTQ rights movement born from the Stonewall Inn Uprising of 1969. We are committed to eliminating the social intolerance that is profoundly impacting the lives of LGBTQ citizens throughout America and abroad. Through awareness campaigns, educational programming, fundraising and candid public dialogue, we support grassroots organizations scattered across the country and especially those in communities where progress toward equality has been slow and the negative impact of ongoing acts of discrimination and harassment can no longer be tolerated.”
The Stonewall Gives Back event will be produced by Erich Bergen, who recently produced the ‘Saturday Night Seder’ streaming event that raised over US$2.9 million. “I think this pandemic has made it even more clear just how vulnerable some of our communities actually are,” Bergen told Variety. “We are coming together to respond to this crisis in a collaborative way, through music, which is the great unifier.”
Stonewall Gives Back performers include:
John Cameron Mitchell
Our Lady J