X Factor winner Joe McElderry as London Pride special guest
Joe McElderry winner of X Factor 2009 will be performing free of charge at a London Pride gala dinner next week
Gay 21-year-old X Factor winner Joe McElderry is joining 150 artists to perform for free at a gala dinner celebrating World Pride in London.
The dinner on 5 July will include giving an award for promoting LGBT rights worldwide to Hillary Clinton, supported by international gay charity Kaleidoscope. Although it isn’t confirmed whether Clinton will be in attendance, the awards dinner will be on 5 July from 8pm.
Organizers hope 2 million people will attend World London in the UK capital, although a report in tonight’s London Evening Standard suggests the festival may be at risk due to it owing creditors money. Pride London bosses say the main parade, street party and rally on 7 July will go ahead, however.
Other acts billed to perform at the gala dinner include the gay choir, Pink Singers, and the London Gay Big Band. The festival on 7 July, meanwhile, will have gay star Boy George and R&B singer Deborah Cox as it’s headliners.
The gala dinner will follow the LGBT rights conference on 4 July, promoting decriminalization of homosexuality worldwide, particularly in the Commonwealth. Gay rights campaigner Peter Tatchell will be guest speaking alongside Kapil Gupta, chairman of the Human Dignity Trust. Pride London and the Kaleidoscope Trust have organised the conference to educate London on the struggles faced by the international LGBT community.
McElderry’s performance at the dinner will be at the Langham Hotel, Regent Street and tickets cost £250 ($390 â‚¬310).