"The Stonewall Inn Gives Back," a virtual benefit concert for the LGBTQ+ nightlife industry that's suffered during the coronavirus pandemic, is streaming on Thursday, April 23 at 8 PM ET on World of Wonder's YouTube channel. Cyndi Lauper, John Cameron Mitchell, Rufus Wainwright, Alan Cumming, Kristin Chenoweth, Pabllo Vittar, Troye Sivan, Kim Petras, Allie X, Betty Who, Carlie Hanson, Darren Hayes, Dave Mizzoni, Greyson Chance, Issac Dunbar, Leland, Lorna Luft, Matt Rodgers, MUNA, Nina West, Our Lady J, Peppermint, Shoshana Bean, Todrick Hall, TUCKER, and VINCINT are among those set to appear and perform on the broadcast.
Stacy Lentz, CEO of The Stonewall Inn Gives Back Initiative, says, "in general, LGBTQ bars and nightlife have been decimated due to the mass closures during the Covid-19 pandemic. These are the original safe spaces for our community, which often makes us feel less alienated and alone. They are a true refuge where we can be ourselves. This industry is now gone and employees of those bars, venues and event spaces are struggling. They rely on tips and gig work and are no longer able to make ends meet. We need this moment to come together as one and help those who keep the LBGTQ nightlife industry thriving."
According to a press release:
All proceeds from the event will go directly into a fund where industry professionals can apply for emergency assistance. These funds will then be distributed as $1,000 grants based on need, on a first come first serve basis to those who have lost their livelihood due to the coronavirus pandemic and are struggling to afford basic necessities. Impacted industry professionals can apply for a grant at www.stonewallgivesback.com.