Last night celebs vogued with fabulous transsexuals and drag queens for a good cause. Courtney Love, Karen Elson, Padma Lakshmi, Giovanna Battaglia, Mickey Boardman, Theodora Richards, Tabitha Simmons and others joined Jennifer Hudson at W Hotel’s Union Square location for the TURN IT UP FOR CHANGE Ball at W Union Square.
The vogueing ball, which kicked off with a performance by Hudson, was the official kick-off of TURN IT UP FOR CHANGE, a new fundraising and awareness initiative by W Hotels Worldwide, HRC, and Jennifer Hudson for the fight for nationwide LGBT equality.
Jennifer Hudson explained why the cause meant so much to her:
“I owe a large part of my success to the LGBT community, who has embraced and supported me from early on in my career,” said Hudson. “That is why I am thrilled to join forces with W Hotels and HRC to use the power of music to promote LGBT equality. We have come a long way in such a short time, but now it’s time for the final push, perhaps the hardest one of all, to legalize same sex marriage and broader equality across the entire country. It’s time to ‘turn up’ the volume on this crucial human rights issue.”
To keep the momentum going, TURN IT UP FOR CHANGE events will be held regularly at all W destinations in the US during the first week of every month. Open to both guests and locals, these events will also serve as fundraisers with a portion of proceeds from each event being donated to HRC. Through 2014, the percentage of funds will be determined by the number of states that allow same-sex marriage, and the percentage will increase each time marriage equality comes to a new state. (For example, currently 31 states have legalized same-sex marriage, so 31% of all bar revenue from TURN IT UP FOR CHANGE events will be donated to HRC in 2014.)
For more information check out Turn It Up For Change.