A queer multimedia showcase will raise funds for El Rescate Independent Transitional Living for Homeless and HIV/AIDS Youth at Reggie’s Rock Club, 2105 S. State St., Sunday night July 22.
Musician and comedian Jonny McGovern will headline the event, titled Queer Fest America, with a performance via Skype with hip hop artists, Elephant. Performing live at the event will be New York City’s dance pop artist Matt Ryanz as well as other local entertainment, according to the event organizer, Lair Scott. International LGBT activist Ziggy 2000 from Stardust* The David Bowie Tribute Band and comedian, Patty Vaccarella, will host and perform with Scott.
“We’ll be projecting Jonny and Elephant’s videos on the big screen and then suddenly, they will appear live on Skype,” said Scott. “This is a new concept in live entertainment, where the talent is able to interact with their fans on a personal level and also have live entertainment along with the event.”
El Rescate, a program of Vida/SIDA in Humboldt Park, opened its doors in early March and is the only shelter of its kind in the Midwest.
“Our mission toward youth is from the streets to the future,” stated El Rescate Director Lourdes Lugo in a news release. “We wish to thank Queer Fest America for bringing their poignant message through music and toward a crucial social service needed throughout our nation.”
McGovern’s latest release, The Gayest of All Time, and the handful of videos created for the sing, have garnered millions of views online. McGovern is known for his character The Gay Pimp on LOGO’s “Big Gay Sketch Show”, which he developed as a way to empower LGBT youth.
In addition, Elephant’s new track, “Queer Nation”, has been used as a worldwide queer rights anthem and has been banned from MTV for provocative lyrics, according to the news release.
Admission to the event, which starts at 4 p.m., is $20 for 21 and over, and $10 for younger than 21. Visit the event Facebook page for more information.