Pride Live is taking Stonewall Day 2020 online with a little help from Logo.
This Tuesday, June 23, the organization announced its plans for the third annual Stonewall Day, its Pride event honoring the legacy of the famed 1969 Stonewall Uprising and furthering the fight for LGBTQ equality. Given the COVID-19 crisis, the event is now a digital fundraiser for four LGBTQ advocacy groups facing financial hardships amid the pandemic: The Ally Coalition, Brave Space Alliance, TransLatin@ Coalition, and Trans Lifeline.
The event is presented in partnership with WarnerMedia, Nasdaq, Pride Media, and Logo, which will host the livestream on its YouTube and Facebook pages.
The jam-packed livestream will kick off at 12:45pm ET this Friday, June 26, with President Barack Obama slated to give a special message to the LGBTQ community. 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, Josephen Skriver, Kellen Stancil, Ryan Jamaal Swain, Nico Tortorella, Alok Vaid-Menon, Chely Wright, Conchita WURST, Geena Rocero, and Pride Live board president Dr. Yvette C. Burton will make appearances (and in some cases, performances).
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In a media statement, Burton, Pride Live’s board president, said the group hopes critical funds raised during Stonewall Day ’20 will help 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,” Burton added. “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.”
Virtual attendees are encouraged to donate to this year’s beneficiaries via Pride Live’s Text2Give program.