Two-hour star-studded telethon benefitting the Los Angeles LGBT Center live this month on KTLA 5
BY ORLY LYONNE
On Saturday, September 12, from 7–9 p.m. PDT, the Los Angeles LGBT Center will host its first-ever telethon, Love in Action, presented by The Ariadne Getty Foundation, that will air live on television station KTLA 5 benefiting the Center’s vital programs and services.
Co-hosted by Emmy Award-winning actress and former member of the Center’s Board of Directors Jane Lynch and KTLA 5 news anchor Cher Calvin, the incredible two-hour fundraising show will include appearances and performances by a roster of 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. Senator Tammy Baldwin, U.S. Representative 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,” said Center CEO Lorri L. Jean. “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!”