Global event will raise funds for LGBTQ organizations affected by pandemic
Pride Live, a social advocacy and community engagement organization for the LGBTQ+ community announced its third annual Stonewall Day. It is a global campaign to elevate awareness and support for the Stonewall legacy and the continuing fight for LGBTQ equality.
On Friday, June 26th, Stonewall Day will present a virtual fundraising event to raise funds for four LGBTQ organizations. The groups have been severely affected by COVID-19 pandemic The event will highlight the need for fair and equal treatment under the law for all say organizers from Trans LifeLife, Brave Space Alliance, TransLatin@Coalition, and The Ally Coalition.
The livestream event will partner with WarnerMedia, Nasdaq, and Pride Media. It will run from 12:45 pm to 3 pm EST on Logo’s YouTube and Facebook pages. Stonewall Day will include a special message to the LGBTQ community from President Barack Obama.
Other guests and performers will include Taylor Swift, Ellen DeGeneres, Cynthia Erivo, Kesha, Hayley Kiyoko, Demi Lovato, Katy Perry, Christian Siriano, George Takei, Donatella Versace, Lilly Wachowski, Sir Richard Branson, Jonny Beauchamp, Valentina Sampaio, Dustin Lance Black, Blossom C. Brown, Chelsea Clinton, Luke Evans, Valerie Jarrett, Stella Maxwell, Imara Jones, Bethany C. Meyers, Maisie Richardson-Sellers, Justin Tranter, Josephine Skriver, Kellen Stancil, Ryan Jamaal Swain, Nico Tortorella, Alok Vaid-Menon, Chely Wright, Conchita WURST, as well as Stonewall Day National Chair, trans model and advocate Geena Rocero, and Pride Live Board President Dr. Yvette C. Burton.
Stonewall Day is a national day of awareness to commemorate the anniversary of the 1969 Stonewall Riots. This year’s event will speak out in support of #BlackLivesMatter and address LGBTQ issues including the violence facing transgender women, especially Black trans women.
“COVID-19, and the recent events that have placed a national and global spotlight on the need for fair and equal treatment for all people,” said Dr. Yvette C. Burton, President of the Pride Live board of directors. “It has impacted so many around the world and the LGBTQ+ community has not been immune. This has resulted in vital and life-saving LGBTQ+ organizations having to severely amend their budgets and programs. Our hopes are Stonewall Day can assist our beneficiaries in continuing their work and service to the community.”
“From Marsha P. Johnson’s revolution at Stonewall, to the recent murders of Dominique Fells and Riah Milton, the protection of trans people of color continues to be the litmus test of freedom and equal opportunities,” continued Burton. “Policies such as the Trump administration’s reversed protections for transgender people in the U.S. health care system, adds the disproportionate effect of fatal violence, impacted by the intersections of racism, sexism, homophobia, biphobia, and transphobia across communities and families.”
Central to this year’s event is a Text2Give campaign, with proceeds benefiting four Stonewall Day beneficiaries. Simply text REBEL to 243725 to donate to the Pride Live Stonewall Day fund. When prompted, reply YES to confirm the donation.
Organizations that will receive funds from Stonewall Day 2020 include:
Ally Coalition: The Ally Coalition provides critical support for grassroots non-profit organizations dedicated to bettering the lives of LGBTQ+ Youth.
Brave Space Alliance: Brave Space Alliance is the first Black-led, trans-led LGBTQ Center located on the South Side of Chicago, dedicated to creating and providing affirming, culturally competent, for-us by-us resources, programming, and services for LGBTQ individuals on the South and West sides of the city.
TransLatina Coalition: Since its inception The TransLatina Coalition has done advocacy work across the US to ensure the voices of Trans Latins are heard. The TransLatina Coalition’s sole purpose is to address the unique and specific challenges and needs of Trans Latinas who live in the United States.
Trans Lifeline: Trans Lifeline connects trans people to the community, support, and resources they need to survive and thrive. Due to #COVID19, their peer-support Hotline and Microgrants are particularly needed as trans people disproportionately face isolation and economic insecurity.
Warner Media is the lead presenting partner for Stonewall Day. Pride Media is the lead LGBTQ Media partner for Stonewall Day, and GLAAD returns for the second consecutive year leading all press and media outreach, while Nasdaq will host the live stream at their Times Square headquarters.
There will also be a Stonewall Day Virtual Happy Hour from 5-6 pm PST, hosted by Stoli Vodka and The Abbey. For event details, visit the Facebook site.