Courtney Love: 'I Tried Begging'
May 10, 2012
The controversial Courtney Love is no stranger to tough times, and now she's giving back by performing at a benefit for the LGBT community, many of whom are street survivors, in Los Angeles on Saturday, May 19.
"This resonates very heavily with me; it's all glamorous now, but I was living on the street," says Courtney of her first days in Hollywood. "I tried begging. I was really bad at it."
The rocker says of young people who are trying to make it one day at a time in Los Angeles, "If you're gay, or you're lesbian, or transgender, the more outside you are, the more screwed you are in a lot of ways. … I stripped. Everybody knows that. … My point is that I survived it and thrived through it, but I only did it because I had great friends … These kids from Iowa, they aren't so lucky."
The L.A. Gay & Lesbian Center's "An Evening with Women," held May 19 at the International Ballroom of the Beverly Hilton Hotel, finds Courtney performing as part of a line-up that includes the event's co-chair/musician Linda Perry (keeping Courtney in line with a whip in the above video), Aimee Mann, the all-star band Camp Freddy (which includes Dave Navarro, Billy Morrison, Chris Chaney, Matt Sorum and Donovan Leitch) and comedian Wanda Sykes.
Known for years as L.A.'s premiere event for lesbians, bisexual women and their allies, Kat Von D will also join the all-star lineup for a performance and DJ Samantha Ronson will be spinning for the crowd during the high-energy after-party.
"An Evening with Women" benefits The L.A. Gay & Lesbian Center's vital services for women and girls, including: food and shelter for homeless youth; services for seniors; legal assistance; domestic violence services; health and mental health services and cultural arts programs. Last year's event raised more than $365,000 for these vital services.