COVID-19: GLAAD’s ‘Together in Pride’ to raise money for LGBTQ centers

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Dan Levy of “Schitt’s Creek” fame appeared on an episode of “Watch What Happens Live with Andy Cohen” in February. Photo: Charles Sykes/Bravo

Kesha and Melissa Etheridge will perform at a star studded, live stream event Sunday that will raise money for local LGBTQ centers.

“Together in Pride: You are Not Alone” will highlight the LGBTQ response to COVID-19 and amplify messages of acceptance and affirmation to the LGBTQ community and people living with HIV during this unprecedented time.

The event will feature performances, interviews, and video messages from numerous LGBTQ stars and allies:

  • Matt Bomer
  • Wilson Cruz
  • Billy Eichner
  • Nats Getty and Gigi Gorgeous
  • Kathy Griffin
  • Sean Hayes
  • Adam Lambert
  • Dan Levy
  • Tatiana Maslany
  • Javier Muñoz
  • Bebe Rexha
  • MJ Rodriguez
  • Lilly Singh
  • Sharon Stone
  • Michelle Visage

GLAAD will host the event and stream it on the group’s YouTube channel and Facebook page.

“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 a 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.”

“Together in Pride: You are Not Alone” will be live streamed Sunday, April 26, 5 p.m. PST/8 p.m. EST and raise critical funds for CenterLink, a coalition of more than 250 LGBTQ community centers from 45 states, Puerto Rico, the District of Columbia, as well as Canada, China, Mexico, and Australia.

CenterLink members serve more than 2 million people each year.

“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,” Denise Spivak, interim CEO of CenterLink, said in the same statement.

Earlier this month, Centerlink and more than 160 LGBTQ community centers asked leaders in the House of Representatives and the Senate leaders to give financial help to LGBTQ centers in future COVID-19 relief packages.

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Phillip Zonkel

Award-winning journalist Phillip Zonkel spent 17 years at Long Beach's Press-Telegram, where he was the first reporter in the paper's history to have a beat covering the city's vibrant LGBTQ. He also created and ran the popular and innovative LGBTQ news blog, Out in the 562.

He won two awards and received a nomination for his reporting on the local LGBTQ community, including a two-part investigation that exposed anti-gay bullying of local high school students and the school districts' failure to implement state mandated protections for LGBTQ students.

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