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Cher and Barbra Streisand to host LGBT fundraisers for Hillary Clinton

Gay icons will host fundraisers for Clinton specifically aimed at LGBT community

Cher, Hillary Clinton and Barbra Streisand, Photos (L-R): Ian Smith (Flickr), Neverbutterfly (Flickr), What Matters Most (Album)

Cher, Hillary Clinton and Barbra Streisand, Photos (L-R): Ian Smith (Flickr), Neverbutterfly (Flickr), What Matters Most (album)

Hillary Clinton’s campaign is rolling out the heavyweights for a series of LGBT fundraising events. Both Cher and Barbra Streisand — undeniable gay icons — will host events for Clinton’s LGBT supporters.

First up is Cher, who’s unashamedly thrown her support behind Clinton, using her incredible Twitter feed to repeatedly bash Donald Trump. She will headline a Miami Beach fundraiser — her second for Clinton — on Aug. 19, with tickets starting at $250, Politico reports. If you want a photo with Cher (who doesn’t?), you’re going to have to dig deep: only those who pay $5,000 secure the privilege.

If you’d prefer the power couple of Clinton and Cher together, they will both attend a fundraiser in Provinctown, MA, on Aug. 21.

“This shows who is a friend of our community and who isn’t,” Tony Lima, a co-host of the Cher fundraiser and executive director of the Miami gay rights group Safeguarding American Values for Everyone, told Politico.

Lima contrasted Cher’s fundraiser with Donald Trump’s latest speaking engagement — he will address a conference of anti-LGBT activists in Florida this week. Cher is the perfect person to counter that hate, Lima says, given her standing in the LGBT community. “If you look at the community as a whole, Cher has been an icon in the gay community since the 60s. Older gay men, from their 40s to the 70s, just love her.”

Barbra Streisand is similarly adored by gay men, which should make her Sept. 9 fundraiser in New York City quite the affair. Streisand will headline the event and perform for attendees, who’ll pay at least $1,200 for the privilege.

If you really want to show your love for Clinton, tickets top out at $250,000, but you only need to spend $100,000 to get a meet and greet with the candidate, according to Buzzfeed News.

Like Cher, Streisand has been unapologetic in her support for Clinton, even writing an essay for Huffington Post decrying the sexism aimed towards Clinton during the campaign.

“Hillary Clinton isn’t afraid. It’s about time that a woman with strength, experience and compassion leads our already great nation in this time of global insecurity,” Streisand wrote. “If the pundits or certain GOP candidates are afraid of that, maybe they should just try smiling more.”

Related: Trump to address pastors at anti-gay Orlando event

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