More than $225,000 was raised for a coalition of more than 250 LGBTQ community centers from a livestream event Sunday highlighting the LGBTQ response to the coronavirus outbreak, organizers said.
“Together In Pride: You Are Not Alone” included appearances by Barbra Streisand, former South Bend, Indiana Mayor Pete Buttigieg, Rosie O’Donnell, Billy Porter, Adam Lambert, Dan Levy and performances by Kesha, Melissa Etheridge, Alex Newell and the cast of Broadway’s “Jagged Little Pill.”
The fundraiser was hosted by comedians Billy Eichner and Lilly Singh.
The event benefited CenterLink, a coalition of more than 250 LGBTQ community centers from 45 states, Puerto Rico, the District of Columbia, Canada, China, Mexico and Australia.
During the epidemic, LGBTQ community centers provide medical care, shelter for homeless LGBTQ youth, mental health counseling, filling of prescriptions, hot meals and check-in phone calls for older adults, and hosting of virtual support groups to decrease social isolation.
“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.
The event was organized by GLAAD, which bills itself as the world’s largest lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer media advocacy organization.