Post submitted by Bo Suh, HRC Digital Media Intern

Tomorrow, Tona Brown makes history. The violinist and mezzo-soprano will be the first transgender African-American woman to play Carnegie Hall for their first ever LGBT Pride Event.

With the help of GLAAD and an IndieGogo project, Brown reached her fundraising goal of $3,500 to play at Carnegie. Brown will be playing in the Weill Recital Hall and the concert will go down in history as a triumph for representation of LGBT people and people of color in music.

The event, called “From Stonewall to Carnegie Hall,” comes at the end of LGBT Pride Month but marks a promising future for LGBT musicians. According to her interview with Out Magazine, the concert is meant to raise awareness of transgender issues and history and the role transgender men and women played in the Stonewall Riots.

HRC is excited to be a part of Harlem pride in partnership with the Greater Than AIDS campaign.


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