How Barack Obama, Taylor Swift, And More Celebs Are Teaming Up To Mark Stonewall Day

Katie O'Malley
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From ELLE

Former President Barack Obama, Taylor Swift and Donatella Versace are among the A-list celebrities joining forces to celebrate Stonewall Day via a streaming event.

On Friday June 25, celebrities are coming together to take part in Pride Live’s event to mark the anniversary of the historic Stonewall Riots of 1969 and on the fifth anniversary of the Supreme Court’s ruling in Obergefell v. Hodges for marriage equality.

Obama is expected to deliver a message to the LGBTQ+ community during the livestream. In addition, Taylor Swift, Demi Lovato, Cynthia Erivo, Kesha, Hayley Kiyoko, Katy Perry, Christian Siriano, George Takei, Donatella Versace, Chelsea Clinton, Kesha and Kiyoko will make an appearance.

Trans advocate and model Geena Rocero will host the event, which will air from 12:45p.m. to 3:00pm (ET), on Logo TV’s Facebook and YouTube pages.

Proceeds from the event will go toward LGBTQ organisations affected by the coronavirus pandemic.

The health crisis has forced the majority of Pride events around the world, scheduled for June, to be canceled, including New York City and London’s annual marches and parades.

Pride Live board president Dr. Yvette C. Burton said of Pride and the pandemic: ‘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.

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‘This has resulted in vital and life-saving LGBTQ+ organisations having to severely amend their budgets and programs. Our hopes are Stonewall Day can assist our beneficiaries in continuing their work and service to the community.’

On Thursday June 25, LFW regular Billy Porter and his Pose co-star MJ Rodriguez will take part in the three-hour virtual march, titled She’s a Riot, to support the nonprofit Marsha P. Johnson Institute and LGBTQ+ people of colour.

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