9:30 CLUB TO HOST FUNDRAISER FOR
MARYLANDERS FOR MARRIAGE EQUALITY
WITH SPECIAL PERFORMANCE
BY ADAM LAMBERT
AT THE 9:30 CLUB TUES., SEPT. 25?????????
Tickets 0n sale through?Ticketfly.com
November 6th?is not just the day of the presidential election.? That same day Marylanders can make history by becoming the first state in the nation to affirm Marriage Equality on the ballot. As part of the effort to get out the vote FOR Question 6 ? the referendum on Maryland?s Civil Marriage Protection Act? the 9:30 Club is hosting a fundraiser concert to benefit Marylanders for Marriage Equality, featuring a headline performance by Adam Lambert on Tues., Sept. 25.? Tickets go on sale 10am Fri., Sept. 21 through?Ticketfly.com.
Adam Lambert burst onto the national scene on American Idol with his glam-rock flair and jaw-dropping, powerhouse voice. Earlier this year, the Grammy-nominated singer became the first openly gay mainstream pop artist to debut at #1 on the Billboard album chart with ?Trespassing.? Lambert said, ?Marriage equality is about treating everyone as equals, regardless of who they fall in love with. I?m honored to appear at this event to help do whatever I can to bring notice to a cause that is close to my heart.?
?As the campaign enters the final weeks, we?re thrilled to have Adam Lambert?s support of Question 6 in Maryland,? said Josh Levin, campaign manager for Marylanders for Marriage Equality.
Maryland Governor Martin O?Malley has been a leading proponent of marriage equality, and, with Montgomery County Council President Roger Berliner, made a special request for the Marylanders for Marriage Equality fundraiser to be held at the 9:30 Club.
?Knowing that I am a Maryland resident, both Governor O?Malley and Council President Berliner called to see if we could help raise funds for this landmark cause,? said lifelong Marylander Seth Hurwitz, chairman of I.M.P., co-owner of the 9:30 Club. ?Although the 9:30 Club is in D.C., it?s the natural and best place to achieve what we wanted to with the least expense. All of the profits will be going to the campaign.? Although we historically don?t get involved in political causes, on this issue I cannot stand by. People?s personal opinions should not affect fairness and equality for all.?
?I want to thank the 9:30 Club for hosting this event in support of marriage equality in Maryland,? said Governor Martin O?Malley. ??Question 6 is about treating every individual equally under the law, while protecting religious freedom at the same time, and we?re proud to have the 9:30 Club join a growing list of businesses and coalition partners supporting Question 6.?
Council President Berliner added ?We are so grateful to Seth Hurwitz for bringing his unique abilities to bear on behalf of a more just Maryland.?
General admission tickets to the benefit show are $125, VIP Tickets, which include early admission, a commemorative poster signed by Adam Lambert and a special VIP viewing area, are $175, and Premium tickets, which include a pre-show Adam Lambert meet & greet VIP reception with food and drinks and Premium viewing area, are $250. Doors are at 7pm, the show begins at 8pm, Premium Meet and Greet is at 6:30pm. Tickets are available starting Fri., Sept. 21 throughTicketfly.com?or at the 9:30 Club and Merriweather Post Pavilion box offices.
About Marylanders for Marriage Equality
Marylanders for Marriage Equality is the campaign working to defend marriage equality at the ballot box this November. ?We work closely with a diverse, broad-based coalition of faith leaders, community partners, local businesses, labor, elected officials and tens of thousands of grassroots supporters all fighting for fairness. Gay and lesbian couples share the same values of love, commitment and strong families?they should have the same opportunity to get a marriage license. We pledge to run a civil and respectful campaign ? one that elevates the basic values of equality, fairness, love, and strong families. We also expect our supporters to treat everyone as they would want to be treated.?Our coalition partners include NAACP Baltimore, 1199 SEIU, ACLU Of Maryland, Equality Maryland and the Human Rights Campaign. Learn more onhttp://marylandersformarriageequality.org/
IN an recent Interview for MetroWeekly Grammy nominee Adam Lambert talked about Marriage Equality
“I think it’s baby steps…. We have to keep in mind that it’s difficult for people to sidestep into territories they’re not comfortable in. I’m a singer, I’m an entertainer. I’m not a politician. But this is an issue that affects me because it supercedes politics.
“In the entertainment community,” he continues, “people are doing what they can. If you look at this fall season of television, there’s a couple shows that are coming on with?very honest, gay characters portraying real gay lives in relationships. I think that’s a huge step forward. There’s things that we’re all doing to try to make people comfortable and to help people understand, to help erase some of the stereotypes. And that’s the hardest part, that balance of celebrating who we are and our eccentricities and also trying to help people that are on the outside understand who we are.
“The hurdle I’m always kind of running into, is that the movement for a while has been about us trying to display how we’re the same as opposed to how we’re different. I recognize that as a very important part of us blending together. But it’s not my style,” says the singer known for his glam-rock flamboyance. “I’m somebody who likes to be weird and different and outrageous. That’s who I am as an entertainer. And so, sometimes I might not fit in with what’s best for the community as far as us progressing with society. But you’ve got to also give a voice to those [of us] who want to be outrageous and different and rebels.”
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