Darren Criss, Nick Jonas, Dan Reynolds Help Raise $400,000 at Justin Tranter’s GLAAD Fundraiser

Now that's how you kick off Spirit Day!

Since 2010, the third Thursday of October marks Spirit Day, a day LGBTQ people and allies wear purple in a stand against bullying and in support of LGBTQ youth. Songwriter Justin Tranter got a head start by hosting his second annual Spirit Day fundraiser on Wednesday night (October 17), where notable stars reached into their wallets to raise money for GLAAD.

As reported by Variety, the benefit got off to a rocking start with a VIP cocktail party followed by a musical performances headlined by Tranter, who did a rendition of Halsey’s “Bad at Love,” which he co-wrote.

Allies Nick Jonas and Imagine Dragons frontman Dan Reynolds each donated $50,000 to GLAAD during Tranter’s live pledge drive. Ariadne Getty and her fashion designer son August Getty donated a total of $130,000. And Gleealum Darren Criss and World of Dance judge Derek Hough pledged $5,000 each.

By the end of the night, a total of $400,000 had been raised.
 

“…when I was trying to figure out what I could really do with my skill set and my connections, I was like I should do a concert that not only focuses on the work that I do as an LGBTQ person in this business, but what other LGBTQ people are doing in this business,” Tranter told Variety.

“What [GLAAD has done] for years and years and years is make this business a gazillion dollars. So we have this fabulous private night of music and celebration to shine a light on all the good things GLAAD does. I call people and I also ask them [to participate] in sessions when they can’t say no.”

Lamar Dawson is a pop culture junkie and pop diva addict living in Manhattan. Follow him on everything @dirrtykingofpop.
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