Chelsea Clinton Contributes to the Launch of The Stonewall Inn Gives Back Initiative

The historic Stonewall Inn, the very place where the spirit of LGBTQ Pride was born, is launched The Stonewall Inn Gives Back Initiative on June 1st . The event featured remarks by special guest Chelsea Clinton and a performance by out country music star Ty Herndon.

The Stonewall Inn Gives Back Initiative (501(c)(3)), is an exciting new nonprofit dedicated to helping some of the most under-served and marginalized members of the LGBTQ community by building awareness, raising funds, engaging in candid dialogue, and spearheading powerful campaigns for social change. The Initiative will directly focus on helping people that live in areas that are less accepting of the LGBTQ culture and therefore face intensive social stigma, daily discrimination, and harassment, which subsequently results in dramatically higher rates of suicide, substance abuse, depression, and anxiety. The Stonewall Inn Gives Back Initiative's ultimate goal is to provide support systems and to spread the message of love and equality in every community that has suffered from a lack of recognition and resources.

"The Stonewall Inn has a long tradition of hosting fundraisers and events and giving back to the community, and we are excited about continuing this work through The Stonewall Inn Gives Back Initiative," stated Kurt Kelly, owner of the Stonewall Inn.

"As the birthplace of LGBTQ rights movement we have a responsibility to always make a difference, especially for those in areas that aren't as fortunate to have safe places like The Stonewall and really don't have a much of a community to support them." said Stacy Lentz co-owner of the Stonewall Inn and CEO of the Stonewall Inn Gives Back Initiative. "We want to partner with grassroots organizations across the country that could really use our help in terms of our social capital, outreach and our ability to raise funds and other valuable resources they need."

The launch event on June 1st gathered influencers and organizations for a celebration of our shared history and a discussion on how we can best mobilize to spread the spirit of pride and equality from its birthplace to the many underserved communities at home and abroad.

Bob Kelly