March 17, 2020 at 2:34 pm PDT | by John Paul King
Billy Eichner calls for aid to servers hurt by restaurant closures

Image via Billy Eichner on Instagram

Comedian, actor, and activist Billy Eichner took to social media on Sunday to voice support for service industry employees experiencing loss of income during the coronavirus pandemic.

The “Billy on the Street” star went on Twitter to respond to a tweet from Justin Tranter calling on out singer Lance Bass to shut down his West Hollywood bar and eatery, the popular Rocco’s WeHo. The tweet included a photo of the bar showing it packed with customers.

Eichner tweeted, “This is unacceptable. We MUST find a way to subsidize these workers (please tell me a reliable org to donate to and I will!) but my god if there is one community that should know the consequences of this type of crisis it’s ours.”

Doubling down on his pledge to help, the popular queer comedian followed up with a link to the USBG National Charity Foundation (US Bartender Guild), an organization that offers grants for bartenders in need and which has launched a COVID-19 relief campaign website where people can go to donate or apply for help.

Eichner said he had donated.

According to Queerty, Jameson Irish Whiskey has pledged $500k to the same fund. The organization, which is currently facing a high volume of requests for aid, has links on its website to other non-profits offering similar support to the service industry.

Per statewide order from California Governor Gavin Newsom, Rocco’s WeHo shut down at midnight on Sunday, along with all other restaurants, bars, and other public venues. It is still able to offer service via pickup or delivery.


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