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Cyndi Lauper hitting Philadelphia gay bars to get out vote

November 2, 2016
FILE – In this June 24, 2012, file photo, entertainer Cyndi Lauper speaks to reporters while serving as grand marshal of the New York City Pride March in New York. During a bar crawl in Philadelphia's Gayborhood scheduled Friday, Nov. 4, 2016, Lauper, former "Will & Grace" star Debra Messing, former Pennsylvania Gov. Ed Rendell and former Pennsylvania Environmental Protection Secretary Katie McGinty, the Democratic nominee challenging incumbent Republican U.S. Sen. Pat Toomey's bid for re-election, are expected to urge patrons at six bars to vote on Election Day. (AP Photo/Seth Wenig, File)

PHILADELPHIA (AP) — A 1980s pop star, a former governor, a senate hopeful and an actress walk into a gay bar — to encourage people to vote on Election Day.

Cyndi Lauper and former “Will & Grace” star Debra Messing are heading to a bar crawl in Philadelphia’s Gayborhood Friday. They’re joining former Gov. Ed Rendell and Democratic Senate hopeful Katie McGinty to hit some hotspots and urge folks to vote Tuesday.

According to a Facebook posting , the get-out-the-vote tour is being organized by the Liberty City LGBT Democratic Club.

The festivities get underway at 9 p.m., with the four hitting six bars and changing locales every 30 minutes.

Campaigning in gay bars the weekend before an election is a bit of a tradition in the city, started by Rendell during his successful 1977 Philadelphia district attorney campaign.

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