Wednesday, January 13, 2010

Lady Gaga hosting a benefit to support the Pride Agenda in Atlantic City this Saturday!

This Saturday, January 16, immediately following her Atlantic City concert, Lady Gaga will host “Hands Up for Marriage Equality,” an evening in support of the LGBT civil rights movement to support the Pride Agenda and other LGBT advocacy organizations. The benefit, held by Lady Gaga in conjunction with Out in AC, the LGBT signature event brand of Harrah’s Entertainment in Atlantic City, will be at Club Worship in the House of Blues at Harrah’s Showboat Casino. All proceeds from ticket sales will go to the Empire State Pride Agenda, Garden State Equality, Equality Pennsylvania and The Power.

Lady Gaga's shows in NYC sold out in a matter of minutes, so hundreds of members of the LGBT community and its supporters are already headed to Atlantic City this weekend to see Gaga in action. If you're already taking the trip, make sure to check out this amazing benefit after the show! And if you're still looking for something to do on your long weekend, why not plan a great night in Atlantic City and support the work of the Pride Agenda at the same time?

Lady Gaga has been an outspoken supporter of LGBT equality, joining the call for full civil rights protections for LGBT people at the National Equality March in Washington, D.C. last October and declaring her opposition to all homophobia and sexism in the music industry. “I am honored to be able to continue to raise awareness and money for this cause and these outstanding organizations,” she said. “Organizations like these are in the trenches every day working on behalf of all of us, whether you are LGBT or straight. Equal and full civil rights are supposed to be for all of us.”

Pride Agenda Executive Director Alan van Capelle encourages everyone who can make it to attend the benefit. “We are thrilled to be a part of this event,” he said. “Lady Gaga has been a passionate, outspoken ally to LGBT people, and she’s a great example of how celebrities can use their popularity to help secure equal rights for millions of Americans. We also thank Harrah’s Entertainment, which is clearly setting the bar high in its industry by being a model employer for LGBT people and by taking a public stand in support of legislation that improves the lives of LGBT Americans.”

WHAT: Hands Up for Marriage Equality, a benefit to support the LGBT civil rights movement hosted by Lady Gaga

WHEN: Saturday, January 16, 10 PM – 4 AM

WHERE: Club Worship, House of Blues at Harrah’s Showboat Casino
Atlantic City

COST: Admission is a minimum donation of $20 at the door. No advance tickets will be sold.

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