Queers just want to have fun — and that’s exactly what they’ll do during this pride performance.
Iconic singer and LGBTQ+ advocate Cyndi Lauper will celebrate the 50th anniversary of Stonewall and WorldPride with a performance at the We Party PRIDE FESTIVAL at the Javitz Center on Saturday, June 29. The event, which is being billed as the largest Pride charity event in history, will also feature Beyoncé choreographer Chris Grant and performers from STOMP as the opening acts. Proceeds from the event will benefit LGBTQ+ charities, including the Stonewall Gives Back Initiative and LIFEBeat.
"I’m really excited about doing this special set for LIFEbeat at the We Party WorldPride event,” Lauper said in a statement. “Let's have some fun and rip the roof off the Javits Center together!”
Lauper has a long history of LGBTQ+ advocacy and activism, including founding True Colors United in 2008. True Colors United is committed to ending LGBTQ+ youth homelessness and offering services to homeless LGBTQ+ youth. Lauper opened a shelter for homeless LGBTQ+ youth called the True Colors Residence in Harlem in 2011.
Behind the event is super-producer Jake Resnicow as well as designer Steve Lieberman, who helped design Electric Daisy Carnival and Coachella.
“The 50th anniversary of Stonewall will bring millions of people from all over the world to New York this Pride,” says Resnicow. “This will be a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to celebrate our progress while working towards a better future. It will allow everyone to come together on one dance floor, in the city that started it all.”
Tickets for the festival are on sale now.