May 4, 2016 at 1:13 pm EDT | by Mariah Cooper
Joan Rivers’ rainbow coat will be auctioned off for LGBT non-profit
Joan Rivers, gay news, Washington Blade

Joan Rivers (Photo by David Shankbone; courtesy Wikimedia Commons)

Melissa Rivers will be donating her mother Joan’s rainbow coat to the Family Equality Council’s auction on May 9 at the Night at the Pier gala at Pier 60 in New York City.

Joan originally wore the coat, designed by Broadway costume designer William Ivey Long, at the Las Vegas Pride in 2012.

“My mother loved, respected and celebrated families of all kinds,” Melissa said in a press release. “She would be thrilled to know that her coat, which celebrates diversity, is being sold to benefit loving families.”

The late comedian’s coat looks like a glittery gold gown when closed, but opens up to reveal a vibrant rainbow lining.

“Joan Rivers was a celebrity pioneer in her unbridled support of the LGBT community,” Ian Patrick, deputy director of events for Family Equality Council said in a statement. “We are honored to offer this precious piece of her legacy to support our work to secure a rightful place for LGBTQ-headed families in America.”


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