This year’s RUComingOut Summer Party is to be held at London’s Royal Vauxhall Tavern on 23 July, it has been announced.
Union J’s Jaymi Hensley will host the event, which celebrates LGBTQ support website rucomingout.com, alongside Radio 1’s Adele Roberts.
Performers will include Dream singer Gabrielle plus X Factor stars Andrea Faustini and Joe McElderry; meanwhile actor Andrew Hayden-Smith will DJ.
Headliner Gabrielle commented: ‘It is a cause very close to my own heart. I know from people very close to me how hard it can be for people to come out, the pressures and consequences, how it can affect families and loved ones.’
‘I’m also very aware of people taking their own lives or trying to commit suicide because they are too scared to tell their families or have been disowned, not having anywhere or anyone to turn to and that’s why I think rucomingout.com is such an amazing site. And I feel very honored to be asked to help bring awareness to RUComingOut so people know they aren’t alone.’
Host Jaymi Hensley from Union J added: ‘It is a cause I’m really passionate about. I had a really great experience coming out and I know lots of people have really bad experiences but it can also be a beautiful thing completely changes your life.’
‘I think supporting people through their coming out period is such an important cause and it is something that isn’t covered enough. I still don’t think the general public realize just how hard and difficult it can be for some people.’
For tickets, head to rucomingout.com.