A bevy of stars took to the stage on July 27 at Industry for Shout Out:
A Concert Celebrating a New Generation of Out Artists, benefiting the Lifebeat, Music Fights HIV/AIDS charity. The event showcased young, out artists using their talents to raise awareness of HIV/AIDS and to educate.
Hosts Manila Luzon (“RuPaul’s Drag Race,” Logo) and Jonathan D. Lovitz (“Setup Squad,” Logo) kicked off the evening while scantily 2(x)ist-clad boy models took to the floor, taking donations. New York’s Doll Sahara Davenport rocked the stage with a live performance, bringing the house down—and the night had only just started. Jessica Wild and the one and only Sherry Vine each had their due, turning that tiny stage into a no-holds barred drag kaleidoscope—lights, sparkle and personality-plus.
Lifebeat, Music Fights HIV/AIDS uses the power of music and the music industry to help educate young people about HIV/AIDS prevention. For over seventeen years and counting, Lifebeat has helped to mobilize the talents and resources of the music industry to raise awareness and funds, supporting the HIV-positive community.
Artists who have partied with and donated time to Lifebeat include Jennifer Hudson, Rob Thomas, Stevie Nicks, Vanessa Williams, Kelly Rowland, Scissor Sisters, Cyndi Lauper, and Third Eye Blind.
The night also included hip-hopper Cazwell, recording artist Juvani, and singer Brian Kent, who stretched his chops for Lifebeat. I caught up with “A-List”er TJ Kelly, who came out to show his support for this noteworthy cause.
Charity is not just accepting an invitation to mix with celluloid big-screeners or the beautiful people. To see wallets turn out, pocketbooks open, people giving graciously to a nonprofit organization that uses music and performance to educate AIDS/HIV awareness, well, for all this, Lifebeat gets a standing ovation.