Laverne Cox, Cara Delevingne and More Stars Team Up for "Can't Cancel Pride" Coronavirus Relief Benefit

The Can't Cancel Pride: A COVID-19 Relief Benefit For The LGBTQ+ Community brought together the biggest names in Hollywood to help raise money and lift spirits amid the pandemic.

By emily belfiore Jun 26, 2020 1:13 PMTags
Laverne Cox, Cara DelevingneiHeartMedia and Procter & Gamble

Celebrities are giving back in honor of Pride Month.

Stars including Laverne Cox, Cara Delevingne and more teamed up with P&G and iHeartMedia for "Can't Cancel Pride: A COVID-19 Relief Benefit For The LGBTQ+ Community," which helped raise money and visibility for the LGBTQ+ communities that have been impacted by the pandemic. The event collaborated with several LGBTQ+ organizations, among the foundations were GLAAD, SAGE, The Trevor Project, the National Black Justice Coalition, CenterLink and OutRight Action International.

Also on hand to show their support was Adam Lambert, Ben Platt, Big Freedia, Katy Perry, Kim Petras, Melissa Etheridge, Sia, Ricky Martin, Neil Patrick Harris, Andrew Rannells and Darren Criss, who provided the night's entertainment with their moving performances and proved that nothing can get in the way of a Pride celebration. 

Billy Porter, Bebe Rexha, Ciara, Dan LevyHayley Kiyoko, Lena Waithe, Matt Bomer, Nico Tortorella and Tituss Burgess also made special appearances throughout the night, with some taking to social media to participate in the viral "Wipe It Down" challenge to show their Pride.

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The event was also filled with uplifting messages from its celebrity attendees, each offering inspiring and empowering sentiments to the LGBTQ+ community.

"Here's to loving who you love and embracing your true self," Delevingne said. "I wish I learned how to do that when I was 16." 

Speaking to young viewers, Kiyoko said, "Purple is all about spirit and during these challenging times if anything captures the spirit of a bright and unified future, it's LGBTQ youth. LGBTQ youth and allies are fighting back on all fronts for LGBTQ rights, racial justice, accessibility, gender equity, climate change and more." 

"They are creating a community on social media, rallying Americans to vote and fighting against discrimination," she added. "And they're not letting COVID stop them. Online, schools and colleges, in the city streets and living rooms across America, they are redefining Pride and reaffirming their commitment to fight for acceptance, equality and justice." 

Referencing recent events, Cox celebrated the LGBTQ+ community while also calling for justice.

"Our hearts should be filled with joy right now, especially with the recent ruling that protects LGBTQI people from workplace discrimination," the Orange Is The New Black star shared. "And while I'm inspired by the support of the last few weeks, I cannot stand to see one more Black or brown cis or trans life lost to brutality, racism, transphobia or homophobia. Black Lives Matter. Black Trans Lives Matter. That's the spirit of Stonewall that lives ‘til this day." 

Her words were echoed by Porter, who said, "Tonight we lift our rainbow flag high, and the values it represents—life, unity, healing, joy, nature, harmony and spirit. Don't worry children, we're still gonna dance. And while we do, we affirm our solidarity with our Black and brown family fighting for their rights and lives right now, and we ask them to support us. Because no one is free to live the lives we love until all of us are free."