To honor the 50th anniversary of the Stonewall riots that began the movement for LGBTQAI+ visibility and acceptance, we teamed up with NYC musician, songwriter, and DJ, Greko, to release music video for his song #LIFTEMUP. Co-written with RuPaul’s Drag Race winner Sharon Needles, the song is a group collaboration featuring Greko and Sharon themselves, legendary Blondie frontwoman Debbie Harry, groundbreaking Broadway superstar Peppermint, and iconic glamour queen Amanda Lepore. Streaming proceeds are donated to LGBTQAI+ charities around the world including Lady Gaga's Born This Wat Foundation.
#LIFTEMUP's lyrical message is a simple yet direct reminder to take the time and look out for LGBTQAI+ members who may be struggling. It is our responsibility to empower the most marginalized and embattled among us -- to lift '. When each of us is an individual beacon of strength, we are better equipped to conquer the obstacles facing the LGBTQAI+ community and achieve the fundamental rights and freedoms we deserve.
#LIFTEMUP music video
Performers: Debbie Harry, Sharon Needles, Peppermint, Amanda Lepore, Greko
Creative + Co Director: Julie Stahl
Co-Director + Editor: Bourtney Crookes
Associate Creative + Design Director: Cuevawolf
Producer: Rosalind Yale
Exec Producer: Greko, Julie Stahl, Ann Lawlor
DP: Jendra Jarnagin
8mm Shooter: Malcolm Thorndike Nicholson
Photography: Liz Renstrom
Voguers: Julian De La Blanca Kristian De La Blanca Diogenes De La Blanca Robert J. Mason
Special Guests: Colin Grafton Michael Musto Breedlove Danielle Tyler Michael T Michael Stewart Traci Danielle Jimmy Webb