Idina Menzel Steps Out to Support Family Equality
The Family Equality Council message is simple–families consisting of two same sex parents are as normal and loving as families with a mom and dad. Members, families share images and stories about their life. They hope that message and stories will not only encourages people to accept these families but all families that are different.
At the 9th Annual “Night at The Pier” at NYC’s Pier 60, which raises money for programs that support the Family Equality Council, actress and musician Idina Menzel, added her voice to the cause. “I was in rehearsal.. and in the middle I said ‘omg we were out hanging out last night and they were being so gay’,” she shared before adding “and [my friend] said ‘Excuse me we don’t talk like that. Do you understand the word that you are using?’ I burst into tears,” she finally says. But the experience and working the Family Equality Idina explains, encouraged her to be better educated and not be ignorant but most importantly encouraged to be a “better mother.” After sharing the personal story, Idina naturally did what she does so well. She wowed the packed house and was attended by the likes of Victor Garber, Rainer Andreesen, Josephine Skriver, Perez Hilton, Scott Ellis, Scott Drummond and Deb Monk, with a medley of her current hits. And, yes there was a performance of “Let it Go.”
In addition to the performance from Menzel, who was joined by her If/Then co-star James Snyder, guests were also treated to a performance from Ramin Karimloo, 2014 TONY nominated best actor for his role as Jean Valjean in Broadway’s acclaimed new revival of LES MISERABLES. The actor broke out his banjo and give a special rendition of “BRING HOME.”