WorldPride takes place in New York City on Sunday, and it is going to be a parade and party that is not-to-be-missed. Now, GLAAD is giving you one more reason to get yourself down to the celebration: Melissa Etheridge will be riding on GLAAD’s float during the WorldPride March and performing later in the evening at the closing ceremony in Times Square.
Etheridge is an original queer icon who has had a remarkable career, including sales of over 25 million albums, 5 platinum and 3 multi-platinum records, 15 GRAMMY Award nominations and 2 wins, a Star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame, and an Academy Award for “I Need to Wake Up” from the climate change documentary “An Inconvenient Truth.” Her 2016 release, “Memphis Rock & Soul,” debuted at #1 on Billboard’s Blues Chart. Oh, and she’s also a total badass who has dedicated herself as an activist for human rights, LGBTQ issues, and breast cancer awareness.
Etheridge is currently on tour in the United States, celebrating the release of her new album, “The Medicine Show,” which was released in April. The tour includes special summer dates with Pat Benatar, Neil Geraldo, and Liz Phair, but Etheridge is taking time off the road to join the massive celebration of the queer community in New York this weekend.
“Melissa Etheridge is not only a musical legend, but also a LGBTQ icon,” said GLAAD President & CEO Sarah Kate Ellis in a statement provided to GO Magazine. “Throughout her career, she has been such a trailblazer for LGBTQ people in music and has used her voice to advocate for equality and acceptance. We are so honored to have her march with us as we come together for this historic Pride celebration in New York City.”
WorldPride will kick off at noon on Sunday, with marchers stepping off for the parade at 26th Street and 5th Avenue near Madison Square Park.