In a resounding testament to the resilience of the LGBTQ+ community, GLSEN, the renowned LGBTQ+ rights organization, is set to host its annual fundraiser, ‘Rise Up L.A.’, this Saturday night. This cherished event, which marks its return after a three-year hiatus due to the pandemic, promises to be a gathering of more than 500 influential individuals from the LGBTQ+ rights movement.
Under the distinguished co-chairmanship of Wilson Cruz, Imara Jones, and Alan Pilest, ‘Rise Up L.A.’ seeks to shine a spotlight on GLSEN’s unwavering commitment to LGBTQ+ students and youth. Drag queen Mo Heart, serving as the event’s host, adds a touch of vibrant diversity to the occasion.
GLSEN’s Executive Director, Melanie Willingham-Jaggers, aptly describes the essence of ‘Rise Up L.A.’ as an expression of GLSEN’s mission to rise to the occasion whenever LGBTQ+ students and youth are in need. It’s a momentous return to an annual in-person format in Los Angeles, emphasizing the steadfast support of the LGBTQ+ community in combating bigotry and hate to protect the youth.
The evening’s festivities include a sunset cocktail reception and dinner, followed by musical performances and compelling storytelling by LGBTQ+ youth whose lives have been positively impacted by GLSEN. This organization is at the forefront of creating more accepting and safer K-12 school environments for LGBTQ+ students.
Wilson Cruz and Imara Jones, who have recently assumed leadership positions as chair and vice chair of GLSEN’s board, underscore the significance of this event in celebrating GLSEN’s tireless efforts on behalf of the queer community. Produced by event and entertainment agency JJLA, the ‘Rise Up L.A.’ fundraiser symbolizes a unified commitment to progress and inclusivity.
As official host Mo Heart eloquently expresses, “I’m very grateful to have the opportunity to shine a spotlight on the great work organizations like GLSEN do for the queer community, it’s a very fulfilling experience. I look forward to celebrating all that has been accomplished with GLSEN supporters at the Rise Up LA fundraiser.”
This event not only raises funds but also raises spirits, bringing together the movers and shakers of the LGBTQ+ rights movement for a night of unity and purpose.