The effects of COVID-19 have put a hold on large gatherings of people. This is especially true for the countless number of LGBTQ nightclubs and establishments. With these businesses shuttered to ensure social distancing right now, their employees are in a state of limbo leaving some of them with no other source of income. For the LGBTQ+ community, feelings of isolation and less access to resources are more likely during this period of social distancing.
“In general, LGBTQ bars and nightlife have been decimated due to the mass closures during the Covid-19 pandemic,” says Stacy Lentz, CEO of The Stonewall Inn Gives Back Initiative. “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.”
World of Wonder Productions in a partnership with the official 501(c)(3) of The Stonewall Inn and The Stonewall Gives Back Initiative are presenting a live-stream concert on Thursday, April 23rd at 8PM ET/ 7 CT. The concert is hosted by Michelle Visage and Tyler Oakley with proceeds from the event to benefit LGBTQ+ nightlife industry professionals affected by COVID-19.
Performers and guests taking part in the concert event include Alan Cumming, Allie X, Betty Who, Carlie Hanson, Darren Hayes, Dave Mizzoni, Greyson Chance, Issac Dunbar, John Cameron Mitchell, Kim Petras, Lorna Luft, Nina West, Our Lady J, Pabllo Vittar, Peppermint, Rufus Wainwright, Shoshana Bean, Todrick Hall, Troye Sivan, TUCKER, VINCINT and a special performance by Cyndi Lauper.
Streaming live on World of Wonder’s YouTube channel, WOWPresents, all funds from the concert will go directly into a fund where industry professionals can request emergency assistance. Funds will then be distributed as $1,000 grants based on need, on a first come first serve basis to those who lost their source of income due to the pandemic and struggle to afford basic necessities. Affected industry professionals can request a grant at www.stonewallgivesback.com.