AT&T stands with LGBTQ community on National Coming Out Day

Wed. October 17, 2018 5:16 PM by News Staff

photo credit // steven koch
Chicago, IL - AT&T honored National Coming Out Day on Thursday, Oct. 11 by celebrating love and acceptance with concerts in New York, Chicago and Los Angeles.

"We stand in support of the LGTBQ community members every day, but National Coming Out Day is cause for celebration," said Corey Anthony, Chief Diversity Officer, AT&T.

In Chicago, the Michigan Avenue Flagship Store at 600 N. Michigan Ave. hosted intimate private performances from actor and singer Jussie Smollett (Fox's Empire), openly-gay singer Wrabel and RuPaul Drag Race's Shangela, who is currently in the middle of a 180-city tour.

Related: View photos from the Chicago event

In New York and Los Angeles, Billie Ellish, Betty Who, Muna and Parson James performed in support of the inaugural celebration and sneak preview of the new show LOVELOUD on the AT&T AUDIENCE Network.

AT&T presented the first broadcast of the LOVELOUD Festival on DIRECTV and DIRECTV NOW. Filmed at Rice Eccles Stadium in Salt Lake City this summer, LOVELOUD features performances by Imagine Dragons, Linkin Park's Mike Shinoda, Grace VanderWaal, Neon Trees' Tyler Glenn, Vagabon and A.W.

The LoveLoud Foundation and The Trevor Project partnered with AT&T for the special musical event.

AT&T supports The Trevor Project's "How to Save a Life," a new national campaign that encourages supporters to apply to become volunteer crisis counselors for TrevorText and TrevorChat, the organization's free and confidential text and web chat support services for LGBTQ youth. The campaign's 30-second PSA features Smollett.

"As an ally, our support is long-standing and unwavering," said Anthony.