Cyndi Lauper and Rufus Wainwright were joined by Troye Sivan, Kristin Chenoweth, and others at a live stream event to raise funds for LGBTIQ nightlife workers impacted by the coronavirus pandemic The Hollywood Reporter reports.
Organised by the Stonewall Gives Back Initiative in partnership with World of Wonder Productions the event also featured Greyson Chance, Lorna Luft, Our Lady J, Betty Who, Alan Cumming and Darren Hayes and was hosted by RuPaul Drag Race star Michelle Visage and YouTuber Tyler Oakley.
Wainwright, who appeared from his home and noted that this cause is “dear to his heart,” kicked off the music with his iconic song Gay Messiah. John Cameron Mitchell and Vincint went on to perform emotional ballads.
In her introduction, Visage said, “We’ve always been a community that relies on ourselves, lifting ourselves up and celebrating our uniqueness. It is times like this when our true colours come out in full rainbows.” Oakley then added, “As we fight for more testing, more compassion and more info, we remain a community that always rises to challenges.”
Todrick Hall performed a song that referenced popular culture, including the recent Tiger King docuseries on Netflix, while Australian singer Betty Who sang I Love You Always Forever by Donna Lewis.
Chenoweth and Shoshana Bean offered a duet of Happy Days Are Here Again/Get Happy, which was famously performed by the Glee cast. Lauper closed the show with True Colors, from her 1986 album of the same name.
In between performances, members of the LGBTIQ community who work in bars and entertainment venues expressed support to one another and spoke of the strength of their people during this difficult time.
The Stonewall Gives Back Initiative is a non-profit charitable organisation that references the Stonewall Inn uprising of 1969 and remembers the ideals of LGBTIQ individuals who continue to struggle for equal rights and social acceptance globally.