CHATTANOOGA, Tenn. — Hundreds gathered in remembrance of one of Chattanooga's most beloved sons, Leslie Jordan.
Doors opened for the event at 4 PM on Sunday and it all started just one hour later at 5 at the Soldiers and Sailors Memorial Auditorium.
The celebration included singing, music, comedy and audience participation. Jordan's family also wished that it would be open to the public.
Tickets were 20 dollars a piece and all of the proceeds went to CEMPA Community Care, which Jordan supported throughout his life.
Chattanooga Mayor Tim Kelly weighed in before the event was scheduled, saying just how bright of a light Jordan was to Chattanooga and the world he lived in as an actor and comedian.
Leslie were here with us today, I would want to thank him for his contributions to our culture throughout his acting career, for getting us through the dark days of the pandemic with his wicked sense of humor, and for always inviting us into his heart and his world," said Chattanooga Mayor Tim Kelly. "Leslie opened himself up to all of us and never stopped sharing the love and light he carried within.
Jordan was killed in car crash in Hollywood on October 24th. He was 67 years old.
Jordan won an on outstanding guest actor Emmy in 2005 for his role as Beverly Leslie in "Will & Grace," had a recurring role on the Mayim Bialik comedy "Call me Kat" and co-starred on the sitcom "The Cool Kids."
His other eclectic credits include "Hearts Afire," "Boston Legal," "Fantasy Island" and "The United States vs. Billie Holiday." He played various roles on the "American Horror Story" franchise series.
Leslie Jordan had a major impact in the LGBTQ + community.
One person who attended the celebration says Jordan's impact in the LGBTQ+ community impacted her..
He's been such a part of the gay landscape in America for over 20 years now. I just wanted to come pay my respects to him as someone who influenced an entire generation of young queer people, says Vicki Evans.
He will be most missed for pandemic lockdown videos, which garnered the attention of millions online. Bringing a bit of Chattanooga into their lives, wherever they were.
This story will be updated.