Los Angeles LGBT Center held “An Evening With Women” fundraiser at the Hollywood Palladium on Saturday, and in a whole host of celebrities were in force to support.
Sarah Silverman performed her always shocking jokes about rape and her vagina. Other performers at the event included the singer Sia and the band No Doubt.
Talking after the event, Silverman said
It’s always a blast. It’s nice to be in a room of like-minded people. That sounds very elitist, but it’s really very inclusive. It’s a great crowd, and it’s a room filled with people I admire.”
Following Silverman’s standup, Sia took the stage wearing her signature face-obscuring wig, which she removed following her three-song set to thank the audience.
Comedian Fortune Feimster pointed out that the night was important because it was all about powerful women before joking, “I’m just impressed to see any lesbian leave their house.” She also got to kiss Silverman, taken to facebook with the following message…
In the spirit of raising money last night for the LGBT Center in LA, Sarah Silverman made out with me! Yay fundraisers!
Feimster joined a long list of celebrity attendees including Victoria Justice, Alex Newell, Constance Zimmer, Ruby Rose and
Pauley Perrette who hosted the event said
“I’m so proud of our LGBT center in Hollywood. It’s so important to these kids across America who don’t have access to this whatsoever. They can’t even tell anyone in their own town. And here we are with these safe, beautiful places for kids to go. It’s fantastic.”
[tweet_dis]According to statistics, the average woman makes just 78 cents for every dollar that a man makes[/tweet_dis]. In fact, if you’re a woman of colour the disparity is so much worse. The statistics also show that African American women in full-time employment make just 64 cents to a man’s dollar, while Hispanic women earn a much lower 56 cents.
And why should women earn less because they’re women? In a woman’s lifetime she will lose almost half a million dollars to the wage gap, for no other reason that she identifies as a woman. That figure varies across all professions but the fact is that there’s no valid reason for it.
Attempting to highlight the ridiculousness of it all, comedian Sarah Silverman has taken to YouTube to make a skit about the wage gap. Or, more specifically, she’s going to ‘get a sex change’ (well she will for the duration of the video) in order to get the pay that she’s deserved.
Having teamed up with the National Women’s Law Centre, the aim of the video isn’t just to raise awareness, it’s to try and get people to chip in and donate money to their cause. Silverman and the NWLC say that women are owed $30 trillion and so they’d like to raise that much money, or, failing that, they’ll take what they manage to raise and use it to fund the NWLC’s effort at getting rid of the gender pay gap.
The video, while admirable and important, is somewhat concerning. A person’s genitalia doesn’t dictate their gender! Women with penises are still women if that’s how they identify and vice versa. Furthermore, trans* employees are some of the most discriminated people in the workplace. It’s still legal in many places across the globe for employers to fire people based on this and so to make a video that highlights gender-based discrimination but also manages to be transphobic in the process seems rather ironic if not downright offensive.
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