While COVID-19 has caused GLAAD to cancel its annual Media Awards for 2020, the media advocacy organisation has announced a new livestream event titled “Together in Pride: You are Not Alone”.
Together in Pride: You are Not Alone: will stream live on Sunday, April 26 at 8 pm (Eastern US Time) on GLAAD’s YouTube channel and Facebook Live.
Aiming to raise funds for LGBT+ community centres that are members of CenterLink, the event will highlight the LGBT+ response to the COVID-19 outbreak.
CenterLink which is a coalition of over 250 LGBT+ community centres in 45 states in the United States, and a number of countries across the world including, Canada, China, Mexico, and Australia. CenterLink aims to strengthen, support, and connect its participating centres and serves over 2 million people every year.
Special guests expected to perform at the livestream event include Kesha, Melissa Etheridge, Billy Eichner, Matt Bomer, Lilly Singh, Adam Lambert, Bebe Rexha, Dan Levy, MJ Rodriguez, Wilson Cruz, Kathy Griffin, Gigi Gorgeous, Nats Getty, Michelle Visage, Javier Muñoz, Sean Hayes, Sharon Stone, and Tatiana Maslany.
GLAAD President and CEO Sarah Kate Ellis says, “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. So many LGBTQ people, especially our youth, depend on support from local community centres 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.”
Interim CEO of CenterLink, Denise Spivak added that “LGBTQ centres are the heart of the community, and throughout the COVID-19 pandemic these centres 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.”