Barack Obama will speak live Friday to the LGBTQIA+ community as part of a virtual fundraising event.
The fundraiser, which is being live streamed for Pride Live’s Stonewall Day, will benefit four LGBTQ+ organizations adversely impacted by the coronavirus outbreak: Trans Lifeline, Brave Space Alliance, Translatin@Coalition, and the Ally Coalition.
The former president is one in the star-filled lineup of performers, guests, and speakers that includes Ellen DeGeneres, Hayley Kiyoko, Cynthia Erivo, Christian Siriano, George Takai, Katy Perry, Taylor Swift, Chelsea Clinton, and many others. The event will stream live on Friday, June 26 from 1 – 3 p.m. E.T on Logo’s YouTube channel and Facebook (pre-show begins at 12:45 pm).
Stonewall Day was launched by Pride Live in 2018 to commemorate the day when the Stonewall uprising began in 1969. This year, the event will also focus on Black Lives Matter and will highlight the threat of violence faced by members of the trans community, specifically Black trans women.
“From Marsha P. Johnson’s revolution at Stonewall, to the recent murders to Dominique Fells and Riah Milton, the protection of trans people of color continues to be the litmus test of freedom and equal opportunities,” said Pride Live Nation president, Yvette C. Brown in a statement to the press. In the same statement, Brown also spoke to the growing need to support LGBTQ+ organizations whose budgets are shrinking as a result of the pandemic.
“Our hopes are that Stonewall Day can assist our beneficiaries in continuing their work and service to the community,” she said.
Pride Live will be presented in partnership with WarnerMedia, Nasdaq, and Pride Media, which operates The Advocate, Out Magazine, and other publications.
Users can donate during the live event by texting REBEL to 243725, or on the Pride Live website.