Golden Globe and Grammy-nominated songwriter Justin Tranter hosted "Beyond", their second annual Spirit Day Concert benefiting GLAAD at The Sayers Club in Hollywood, CA. Tranter, a GLAAD Board Member who has raised hundreds of thousands of dollars for the organization, put on the intimate show to help raise funds for GLAAD in support of LGBTQ youth.
The event raised more than $400k for GLAAD's Spirit Day anti-bullying campaign and work to support LGBTQ youth. Donations were made by celebrities including Nick Jonas, Dan Reynolds, Ariadne Getty, Darren Criss, Derek Hough, August Getty, and more. This year's event was also proudly sponsored by Ketel One Family-Made Vodka, CAA, the Ariadne Getty Foundation, Warner Chappell, Aaron Rosenberg, Benny Blanco and Sony ATV.
Featuring guest performances from Dan Reynolds of Imagine Dragons, Darren Criss, Sarah Aarons, Shea Diamond, and VINCINT, Tranter ran through a setlist of hits from their impressive songwriting repertoire. Tranter had the crowd enthralled and singing along all night, as they performed songs such as "Sorry," "Issues," "Believer," "The Middle," "Cake By The Ocean," "American Pie," and "Stay," among many others.
GLAAD'S Spirit Day Campaign encourages millions of people across the globe to wear purple or "go purple" on Spirit Day (October 18th, 2018) in a united stand against bullying and show of support for LGBTQ young people, who disproportionately face bullying and harassment. Purple symbolizes spirit on the rainbow flag. Each year, GLAAD organizes hundreds of celebrities, media outlets, brands, landmarks, sports leagues, influencers, faith groups, school districts, organizations, colleges and universities to participate in Spirit Day, the most visible anti-LGBTQ bullying campaign.
In 2017, Tranter presented the first iteration of the Spirit Day Concert at The Sayer's Club, called "Believer." The event featured performances from Hailee Steinfeld, JoJo, Courtney Love and Adam Lambert, and other noteworthy guests that appeared at the event included Carly Rae Jepsen, Troye Sivan, Superfruit (Scott Hoying and Mitch Grassi), Laura Marano, Chris Colfer, Betty Who, Gigi Gorgeous, Austin Getty, Brian J. Crum, Tinashe, and Sofia Carson.
Last month, Tranter made a donation to their alma mater The Chicago Academy for the Arts to fund a state-of-the-art recording studio and hire a part-time music teacher for the next three years. "The Justin Tranter Recording Studio" was officially unveiled last month and is Tranter's way of thanking the school for providing a safe and creative environment to kids. As a student at The Academy, Tranter also created the AIDS Benefit: a student-run variety show that helps raise awareness and advocacy for HIV/AIDS. The event recently held it's 22nd annual presentation and has raised tens of thousands of dollars since its inception.