There’s only one place in Atlanta to see Thursday’s nationwide, one-time-only “Reel Gay TV” holiday show featuring Adam Lambert, Lady Gaga and more to raise awareness against hate crimes.
In gay bars across America, the live broadcast benefits the Gay American Heroes Foundation, a national memorial for victims of LGBT-motivated hate crimes.
In Atlanta, the place to be is Woofs, our friendly neighborhood gay sports bar. Instead of the usual games aplenty splashed across their multiple monitors, it’s all “Reel Gay TV” on this special night.
Throughout the event, nationwide viewers will be prompted to participate. One lucky viewer will win a trip to Hollywood. The trip includes airfare, three nights at the super-luxe Hollywood Roosevelt Hotel, dinners at the legendarily swanky O Bar and Club Eleven, along with $400 in gift certificates from leather shop 665.
And the “Reel Gay TV” talent and entertainment doesn’t stop with Glambert and Gaga (photo). Not by a longshot. Other guest performances and appearances include Leann Rhimes, Gossip, Wanda Sykes, Ke$ha, Kimberley Locke, Chelsea Handler, Natalie Cole, Gossip, Michael Johns, Jon Secada, Sherry Wolf, Erika Jayne, Katherine McPhee and LoneStar.
Oh no, we’re not done. Tune in also for Paris Hilton, Dean Cain, Five For Fighting, Cleve Jones, Cynthia Nixon, The Broadway cast of “Hair,” Jay Leno and California’s first couple, Arnold Schwarzenegger and Maria Shriver.
The show also includes a look at the National Equality March, tons of DVD giveaways, and much more. So yeah, “Reel Gay” is real gay.
So how, exactly, are you helping fight hate crimes by having all this fun? The Gay American Heroes Foundation tracks some truly staggering LGBT hate crimes stats, keeps pages and pages of victim tributes, and offers ways you can get involved to change bias laws in your area and federally in Washington.
But don’t be a dweeb and watch online unless you absolutely have to. Woofs is going to be off the chain, and coming together is a great way to show how the vibe of a crowd can create momentum for a cause.
“Show America what Atlanta can do,” says Gary Sisney, co-ower of Woofs, in an online statement.