Sunday night (April 26th), LGBTQ members and allies Kesha, Barbra Streisand, Matt Bomer, Adam Lambert and more took part in GLAAD‘s Together in Pride: You Are Not Alone event, bringing hope and music to the homes of many. Via appearances and performances from artists and actors alike, the show benefited CenterLink, a coalition of over 250 LGBTQ community centers that are currently providing critical services such as medical care, mental health counseling, virtual support groups, hot meals, HIV testing and more during the COVID-19 pandemic.
During the broadcast people shared intimate stories and songs that reflected their personal struggles with accepting themselves for who they are, to help others who were once in the same situation. Lambert, who came out in 2009, noted how much has changed in the past 10-plus years: “I kissed a guy for three seconds and the industry went crazy,” he said, referring to a performance at the American Music Awards. “The next day I had to apologize.… I tell that story to somebody now who has not heard about it, and they are shocked: ‘Really?’ A lot has changed in 10 years.”
Kesha also chimed in with a rendition of her song “Rainbow,” prefacing her performance by saying “This is one of my favorite songs I’ve ever written about seeing a rainbow through a sh-tstorm,” she said, wearing a fashionably ripped white sweater with a rainbow on it. Though Barbra Streisand did not make it on screen, she was featured as a voice-over, urging viewers to donate money to benefit the cause. Overall, the event’s fundraising will run through May 6th in order to benefit CenterLink in their mission to help the LGBTQ community through this pandemic.
Photo: Anthony Quintano