Pride Live, a social advocacy and community engagement organization for the LGBT community, announced a virtual fundraising event to raise funds for four LGBT organizations to celebrate its Stonewall Day.

The event will take place on Friday, June 26, and will raise critical funds for four LGBT organizations that were severely impacted by COVID-19, and for the recent events highlighting the need for fair and equal treatment under the law for all: Trans LifeLine, Brave Space Alliance, [email protected], and The Ally Coalition. Pride Live is working in partnership with WarnerMedia, Nasdaq, and Pride Media. 

The event will run from 12:45 - 3 p.m. EST on Logo’s YouTube and Facebook pages. Stonewall Day will include a special message to the LGBT community from President Barack Obama. This year’s event falls on the fifth anniversary of the historic Supreme Court ruling, Obergefell v. Hodges, which declared bans against same-sex marriage unconstitutional. Other guests and performers include Taylor Swift, Ellen DeGeneres, Katy Perry, Luke Evans, and numerous others.

“COVID-19, and the recent events that have placed a national and global spotlight on the need for fair and equal treatment for all people, has impacted so many around the world and the LGBTQ+ community has not been immune,” said Dr. Yvette C. Burton, President of the Pride Live board of directors. “This has resulted in vital and life-saving LGBTQ+ organizations having to severely amend their budgets and programs. Our hopes are that Stonewall Day can assist our beneficiaries in continuing their work and service to the community.” 

Stonewall Day was launched by Pride Live in 2018, and is a national day of awareness to commemorate the anniversary of the 1969 Stonewall Riots. This year’s event will speak out in support of Black Lives Matter and address LGBT issues including the dangerous rise of violence facing transgender women, especially Black trans women.

“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. Policies such as the Trump administration’s reversed protections for transgender people in the U.S. health care system, add the disproportionate effect of fatal violence, impacted by the intersections of racism, sexism, homophobia, biphobia, and transphobia across communities and families,” added Dr. Burton.

Central to this year’s event is a Text2Give campaign, with proceeds benefiting the resources, programming, and services offered by the four Stonewall Day beneficiaries. Text REBEL to 243725 to donate to the Pride Live Stonewall Day fund. When prompted, reply YES to confirm the donation.

There will also be a Stonewall Day Virtual Happy Hour from 8 - 9 p.m. EST (5 - 6 p.m. PST), hosted by Stoli Vodka and The Abbey. For event details, visit The Abbey Food & Bar’s Facebook page.

Organizations that will receive funds from Stonewall Day 2020 include:

Ally Coalition: The Ally Coalition provides critical support for grassroots non-profit organizations dedicated to bettering the lives of LGBTQ+ Youth.

Brave Space Alliance: Brave Space Alliance is the first Black-led, trans-led LGBTQ Center located on the South Side of Chicago, dedicated to creating and providing affirming, culturally competent, for-us by-us resources, programming, plus services for LGBTQ individuals on the South and West sides of the city.

TransLatina Coalition: Since its inception, The TransLatina Coalition has done advocacy work across the US to ensure the voices of Trans Latins are heard. The TransLatina Coalition’s sole purpose is to address the unique and specific challenges and needs of Trans Latinas who live in the United States.

Trans Lifeline: Trans Lifeline connects trans people to the community, support, and resources they need to survive and thrive. Due to #COVID19, their peer-support Hotline and Microgrants are particularly needed as trans people disproportionately face isolation and economic insecurity.

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