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Kesha, Adam Lambert, Melissa Etheridge And More Confirmed For GLAAD's COVID-19 Livestream Event
GLAAD, the world's largest LGBTQ+ media advocacy organization, today (April 16) announced its "Together In Pride: You Are Not Alone" event, an online livestream gathering highlighting the LGBTQ+ response to the COVID-19 pandemic. Streaming live Sunday, April 26, at 5 p.m. PST/8 p.m. EST on GLAAD's YouTube channel and Facebook Live platform, the event will feature a star-studded lineup, including performances from Kesha and Melissa Etheridge as well as appearances from special guests Adam Lambert, Bebe Rexha, Billy Eichner, Kathy Griffin and many others, with more guests to be announced soon.
The event will raise funds for LGBTQ+ community centers that are members of CenterLink, "a member-based coalition to support the development of strong, sustainable LGBT community centers," according to the organization's website.
The event, which will feature performances, interviews and video messages, aims to "amplify messages of acceptance and affirmation to the LGBTQ community and people living with HIV during this unprecedented time," according to a post shared on the GLAAD website.
"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."
The event follows GLAAD's participation in an open letter, alongside more than 100 LGBTQ organizations, that calls on U.S. public health officials and media to "address the heightened vulnerability of LGBTQ people to COVID-19" as well as the "discrimination and unwelcoming attitudes in medical settings" they experience, according to the organization.
In March, GLADD canceled its annual GLAAD Media Awards in New York City and Los Angeles due to the coronavirus pandemic; the organization is working to reschedule the Los Angeles event to the fall, according to its website.