The annual “Evening With Women: Celebrating Art, Music & Equality” event was held this past Saturday at the International Ballroom of the Beverly Hilton hotel in Beverly Hills. The night was made possible by singer/songwriter/producer Linda Perry, event producer Brent Bolthouse and the Los Angeles Gay & Lesbian Center. The event benefits the Center’s services for women, including legal assistance, domestic violence services, health and mental health services and cultural arts programs. According to the Center’s Communications Manager Stevie St. John, this year’s event raised over $360,000.
Showing up on the red carpet to show their support this year’s event included Chely Wright and fiancée Lauren Blitzer, singer Grace,actress Jodie Sweetin, Kat Von D (with boyfriend Jesse James) and Queer as Folk alum Peter Paige. The show itself was a great mix of raunchy/hilarious comedy by Sarah Silverman and performances from Cat Power, Juliette Lewis and headliner Cyndi Lauper. AfterEllen was there for the entire night.
AfterEllen: This is the third year for this event. Why does it continue to be so important to the LGBT community?
Some of these parents — you see them in the courtroom when their kid committed murder and they’re crying “How did this happen to my son?” but they throw the child out for being gay! I have a hard time with that. I don’t understand that. It’s the parent. They should support who they choose to be.
That’s my number one reason that I’m involved with this not to mention all the wonderful things they do for the community. It’s a human event about people supporting people.
AE: Tonight we’re celebrating women. What is it about the power of women when we come together for a cause?
AE: We’re also celebrating women in music tonight. How is someone like Lady Gaga changing images for women in her music?
AE: From where you stand, is it harder for women in the music biz?