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GLAAD's Together In Pride Livestream: The 7 Best Moments

Melissa Etheridge
Lauren Dukoff

Melissa Etheridge

On Sunday (April 26), GLAAD brought together artists, actors, activists, allies and fans from the LGBTQ community for Together in Pride: You Are Not Alone, a livestream set to benefit various LGBTQ centers dealing with the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.

Hosted by Billy Eichner and Lilly Singh, the nearly two-hour event had star-studded performances, special guest appearances and interviews with LGBTQ talent about life in the age of coronavirus. Proceeds from the online event were donated to CenterLink, a coalition of LGBTQ resource centers around the country.

From a candid interview with Adam Lambert to a show-stopping performance from Kesha, here are the 7 best moments from GLAAD's Together in Pride: You Are Not Alone benefit stream.

George Salazar & MJ Rodriguez performed "Suddenly Seymour"

One of the first performances of the night came from Broadway actor George Salazar and Pose star MJ Rodriguez, performing their rendition of "Suddenly Seymour" from Little Shop of Horrors. The two appeared in their homes (with some song-appropriate green background lighting), as they crooned back and forth on the lovesick Broadway standard they performed together in the Pasadena Playhouse remake of the 1982 production.

The cast of Jagged Little Pill rocked out to "You Learn"

Continuing on the musical train, the cast of Broadway's Jagged Little Pill made an appearance during the stream to give a performance of Alanis Morissette's  uplifting anthem "You Learn." Cutting back and forth between the different cast members in their homes, the cast got the stream rocking with their powerful cover of the classic track, preaching "You live you learn, you love you learn/ You cry you learn, you lose you learn."

Melissa Etheridge gives two powerful performances

It was fitting that on Lesbian Visibility Day, rock icon Melissa Etheridge showed up to give a few rollicking performances. First, she offered a stirring rendition of her 2016 track "Pulse," named after the tragic shooting in Orlando, but written as a reminder that "everybody has a pulse." Naturally, Etheridge couldn't let the stream end without closing things out with a rousing performance of "Come to My Window," as she let fans know that soon enough, they'll be able to "Crawl inside, wait by the light of the moon."

Alex Newell covers Destiny's Child

Clad in a stunning yellow dress, vocal powerhouse Alex Newell joined Together in Pride to perform a Destiny's Child deep cut — their 2005 charity single "Stand Up for Love." With his stratospheric vocals on full display, Newell blew viewers away with his crystal-clear adaptation of the song.

Bebe Rexha & Barbra Streisand make special guest appearances

While the stream was filled with interviews and guest appearances, several allies stopped by to give their well wishes to the LGBTQ community and voice their support for LGBTQ centers around the country. First was the legend herself Barbra Streisand, who urged viewers to "help save these organizations. If they close their doors, [LGBTQ people] may not have a meal or a place to go." Streisand's message of support was later followed by pop star Bebe Rexha, who told her fans to do the same, saying "We all know it's really important to support our loved ones, but it's becoming harder and harder."

Adam Lambert talks about coming out over a decade ago

Late in the show, Eichner chatted with American Idol alum and pop-rock star Adam Lambert, specifically about what it meant to have come out publicly in 2009, back when coming out in the music business was still relatively uncharted territory. "It led to certain things in my career that were great, but it also taught me what my boundaries were," he revealed.

Kesha closes out the show with "Rainbow"

To close out the show, Kesha appeared on the live stream from her studio to perform a song that she herself said was about "seeing a rainbow through a shitstorm." Belting out her 2017 song "Rainbow," Kesha served as a perfect ending note for the show, reminding fans to "put those colors on, girl/ Come and play along with me tonight."

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