You Can Join Demi Lovato, Cynthia Erivo, and More for a Virtual Stonewall Day Celebration Today
The live stream will benefit LGBTQ+ organizations in need.
The 51st anniversary of the Stonewall riots is approaching on June 28th, and, this Friday, LGBTQ+ advocates are making sure this day doesn't go by without commemoration. Pride Live, an LGBTQ+ advocacy organization, is hosting its third annual Stonewall Day celebration in advance of the anniversary this weekend. Instead of taking place in-person at the iconic Stonewall Inn, where the riots began in 1969, the celebration will happen virtually—and there's a stacked lineup of celebrity appearances.
On Friday, June 26th—the same date the same-sex marriage was legalized in every state in 2015—Pride Live's Stonewall Day celebration will live stream on Logo's YouTube and Facebook pages. Celebrity guests and performers include Cynthia Erivo, Demi Lovato, Hayley Kiyoko, Kesha, Ellen DeGeneres, Taylor Swift, and Katy Perry. Model and trans advocate Geena Rocero will host.
Former President Barack Obama put out his address ahead of the live-stream event on Thursday, celebrating those involved in the Stonewall riots and emphasizing the positive impact of protests throughout history.
In a statement, Dr. Yvette Burton, the board director of Pride Live, explained how the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic has negatively affected LGBTQ+ organizations and their ability to serve communities most in need. "[The pandemic] has resulted in vital and life-saving LGBTQ+ organizations having to severely amend their budgets and programs," she said. "Our hopes are Stonewall Day can assist our beneficiaries in continuing their work and service to the community. The live stream will raise funds to benefit LGBTQ+ organizations including Brave Space Alliance, TransLatin Coalition, Trans Lifeline, and The Ally Coalition.
Dr. Yvette Burton also emphasized the importance of intersectionality during the Stonewall celebration, acknowledging the Black trans lives that have recently been lost.