In this weird and uncertain time where everything has moved online, queer get-togethers are no different. GLAAD, the world’s largest LGBTQ+ media advocacy group, is set to host “Together in Pride: You are Not Alone” on Sunday, April 26th at 8 p.m. The live-streamed event is meant to highlight the LGBTQ+ community’s response to COVID-19 and will feature messages to the community and people living with AIDS during this challenging time. The event will double as a fundraiser, raising money for LGBTQ+ community centers that are members of Centerlink, a coalition of more than 250 LGBTQ+ community centers from around the world. The digital stream can be watched on GLAAD’s Facebook and Twitter pages the day of the event.
“LGBTQ centers are the heart of the community, and throughout the COVID-19 pandemic these centers have continued to provide vital connectivity and services, pivoting to virtual programming, modifying in-person services when possible, and ensuring that their communities have resources and support when they need it the most,” said Denise Spivak, Interim CEO of CenterLink.
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Kesha and Melissa Etheridge have been announced as performers for the event, with specials guests like Billy Eichner, Dan Levy, Mj Rodriguez, Gigi Gorgeous, and Sean Hayes are set to make appearances, with more drop-ins being announced soon.
“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 in an email statement. “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 life-saving work.”