lgbtq community events

by leonard scott

Pop some popcorn, grab your phone and gather around the television from

7 to 9 p.m. Saturday, September 12 as the Los Angeles LGBT Center hosts its first fundraising telethon. Love in Action, presented by The Ariadne Getty Foundation, will air live on television station KTLA 5 benefiting the Center’s vital programs and services. Co-hosted by KTLA 5 news anchor Cher Calvin and Emmy Award-winning

actress and former member of the Center’s board of directors Jane Lynch, the two-hour fundraiser will include appearances and/or performances by A-list entertainers including Billy Porter, Cyndi Lauper, Sia, Margaret Cho, Jay Leno, Lily Tomlin, Melissa Etheridge, k.d. lang, RuPaul, Meredith Vieira, Leslie Odom Jr., Jesse Tyler Ferguson, Andrew Rannells, Cynthia Erivo, Pauley Perrette, Armie Hammer, Billy Eichner, Tyler Oakley, Wilson Cruz, Anthony Rapp, Miss Coco Peru, Shangela, Brian Michael Smith, Peter Paige, Bruce Vilanch, Alexandra Billings, Tonality, Lake Bell, Carla Gugino, U.S. Sen. Tammy Baldwin, U.S. Rep. Adam Schiff, and Lesley-Ann Brandt. “When COVID-19 hit, the demand for our existing services actually increased — such as health care, support for LGBTQ seniors and homeless youth, legal services, and policy advocacy. Plus, we saw new needs emerge, including growing numbers of people who had lost their jobs and were struggling to get enough food. As the Center has done for 51 years, we’ve risen to meet these changing needs. And we’ve done so at the very time that fundraising has declined dramatically,” Center CEO Lorri L. Jean said. “But without more help, this is not sustainable. Thankfully, dozens of the

Center’s amazing friends from the entertainment world have lined up to help raise funds to ensure that we can continue this vital work. Through our Love in Action telethon on KTLA, they are helping inspire others to make a difference

in the lives of thousands of LGBTQ people who need our help. The dollars donated on September 12 will go to work the very next day helping some of the most vulnerable people in Los Angeles. Together, with your support, we will see the true power of love in action!” Telethon co-host Cher Calvin is pleased to help out. “I am delighted and honored to be part of the fundraising efforts for the

Los Angeles LGBT Center through the Love in Action telethon on KTLA. It is an important opportunity for those, who are unfamiliar with the Center, to understand how vast its impact is for the LGBTQ community from homeless youth, medical services, education to seniors and HIV and STI testing,” Calvin said. “I truly hope you can join us for this very special moment in time to raise funds for the vital services the Center provides ... that save lives.” Ariadne Getty, president and executive director of The Ariadne Getty

Foundation, talked about the importance of helping the Center. “The Los Angeles LGBT Center is a hands-on lifeline for so many in need in the

LGBTQ community on any given day of the year. From healthy-cooked meals, hot showers, and emergency beds to medical, legal, and educational pro- grams among a myriad of other services, the Center assists youth experiencing homelessness, seniors, and so many in between,” Getty said. “With COVID-19, the needs and services have dramatically increased and, naturally, so has the need for more funds. As an ally and advocate of the community, I continually put my resources behind the Center when needed. This is a drastic call for help. The Love in Action live telethon is what the LGBTQ community does best takes a problem and proactively asks members of the community to join in and support those who are in the greatest need.”

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