Sunday evening's Together in Pride: You Are Not Alone, a virtual telethon staged by GLAAD to benefit LGBTQ centers weathering the COVID-19 crisis, raised some $225,000 for the cause.
Highlights include Mj Rodriguez and George Salazar duetting on “Suddenly Seymour”:
.@georgesalazar and @MjRodriguez7 performing Suddenly Seymour on #TogetherInPride is EVERYTHING. pic.twitter.com/FdXfrTGIBB— GLAAD (@glaad) April 27, 2020
Also, co-host Billy Eichner (with Lilly Singh) interviewed Pete and Chasten Buttigieg:
.@PeteButtigieg and @Chasten joined @billyeichner on #TogetherInPride to discuss the importance of voting and being engaged in the political process. pic.twitter.com/sLmVQMNsxM— GLAAD (@glaad) April 27, 2020
Barbra Streisand chimed in with a special message, saying:
Hi, everyone, it's Barbra Streisand, and I am so thrilled that GLAAD's Together in Pride: You Are Not Alone event is happening tonight to raise much-needed funds to support local LGBTQ community centers all over the country who are being seriously affected by COVID-19.
If these community centers had to close their doors that means that LGBTQ kids may not have a meal, it means they may not have a place to go and it also means they won't have the support that so many of these facilities need to help them find a job and be successful. I know that times are tough but I really hope you'll help save theses organizations ... give as you can, every bit helps.
Via press release:
The Together in Pride: You are Not Alone livestream raised 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. During the epidemic, LGBTQ community centers are still providing critical services such as medical care, shelter for homeless LGBTQ youth, mental health counseling, filling prescriptions, providing hot meals and check-in phone calls for older adults, and hosting virtual support groups to decrease social isolation. LGBTQ community centers could be forced to shrink their services, meaning two million LGBTQ people who use the centers each year could go without care and community.
“During this truly unprecedented time, tonight’s event brought together some of the world’s biggest stars to send necessary messages of support, solidarity, and community to LGBTQ people across the world, as well as the heroes on the frontlines battling this pandemic,” said GLAAD President & CEO Sarah Kate Ellis. “LGBTQ people are disproportionately affected by COVID-19, and we have a responsibility to highlight the impact of this pandemic on our community, as well as to ensure that LGBTQ people are not left behind. The funds raised for CenterLink will help to support the community centers providing direct and life-saving services to LGBTQ people at a time when they need it most.”
“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,” said Denise Spivak, Interim CEO of CenterLink.
Official media partners Bustle, Entertainment Weekly, Los Angeles Blade, LGBTQ Nation, Logo, Metro Weekly, NBC Out, People, Pride Media (Advocate, Out, Pride.com, PLUS), Queerty, The Randy Report, them, Thomson Reuters Foundation (Openly), Washington Blade, and Windy City Times helped to share GLAAD’s “Together in Pride: You are Not Alone” livestream across their social channels, sending messages of acceptance and affirmation to the LGBTQ community.
GLAAD has also launched a COVID-19 portal on its website, which provides the latest news updates, self-care tips, how-tos, stories of inspiration from LGBTQ leaders, and more to help the LGBTQ community through this unprecedented time.