LA LGBT Center and The Wallis Host Benefit for Orlando


The Wallis Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts and the Los Angeles LGBT Center will stage United FORlando, an evening concert in memory and support of the victims of the recent tragedy at Pulse nightclub, on Saturday.

UnitedForlando_150x150The concert will take place at at 8 p.m. in the Bram Goldsmith Theater at the Wallis. The evening tribute includes performances by the Gay Men’s Chorus of Los Angeles and the cast of “Hit The Wall,” the award-winning immersive theater production by Ike Holter that is set at NYC’s historic Stonewall Inn during the summer of 1969. Actress Kristen Bell (“Frozen”) and Marissa Jaret Winokur (“Hairspray”) will be performing.

Actor and activist Wilson Cruz, whose aunt was among the victims on June 12, will moderate “After Orlando: Reflections and Where We Go From Here,” a conversation featuring panelists Kate Kendell, executive director of the National Center for Lesbian Rights, and Darrel Cummings, chief of staff of the Los Angeles LGBT Center.

Single tickets are now available for purchase for $25 to $45 with net proceeds from the concert benefiting the GLBT Community Center of Central Florida (The Center). Any additional donations secured will also be donated in their entirety to the GLBT Community Center of Central Florida.

“The recent tragedy in Orlando has severely impacted our nation and our world,” said Paul Crewes, the Wallis’ artistic director. “As an arts institution that is dedicated to serving as an essential resource to its surrounding community, the Wallis pays tribute to the Orlando victims and shows its support for everyone affected both in Orlando and right here in Los Angeles. The Wallis is an advocate for inclusion and this evening aims to further a critical dialogue and demonstrate that there are no boundaries or walls within the arts.”

Los Angeles LGBT Center CEO Lorri L. Jean said the LGBT community will feel the impact of the horrific attack on the Pulse nightclub for many years to come.


“We also know, however, the power and resilience that for many decades has been the hallmark of the LGBT struggle for civil rights in the face of vicious discrimination and violence,” Jean said. “Organizations like the GLBT Community Center of Central Florida have been at the heart of this struggle and we are proud to support them in this challenging time. This benefit on their behalf pays homage to the fact that we simply will not be silenced. We will raise our voices in song and dialogue and begin a process of healing that speaks to the fierce and joyous power of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people everywhere.”

Single tickets for United FORlando are now available for $25 – $45. Tickets can be purchased online or by calling (310) 746-4000 or stopping by in person at the Wallis Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts Ticket Services located at 9390 N. Santa Monica Blvd., Beverly Hills, CA 90210. Ticket prices are subject to change.

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David Reid
David Reid
7 years ago

Curious. Is it the G-L-B-T Center in Orlando?
Not that it should matter but it’s probably an interesting story. AP uses LGBT.

Mike Dolan
Mike Dolan
8 years ago


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