fun. Launch The Ally Coalition For LGBTQ Equality Advocacy
Nate Ruess, Andrew Dost and Jack Antonoff of the band fun. and designer Rachel Antonoff have joined forces to create The Ally Coalition (TAC), a partnership devoted to encouraging and inspiring the music, fashion, and entertainment communities to take action in support of LGBTQ equality.
The Ally Coalition believes it is the responsibility of all “allies” to use their voices and influence to fight discrimination against LGBTQ (lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, questioning/queer) people through education, awareness and advocacy. An “ally” supports equal civil rights, gender equality, and LGBTQ social movements, while also actively challenging homophobia and transphobia.
“Did you know in 29 states you can lose your job for being gay or transgendered,” Nate said in a YouTube video. “Clearly homophobia exists all around us. I’m an ally because I will stand up and make my voice heard.”
“The time is now for all of us to stand up against the second class treatment of lesbian, gay and transgendered peopole,” Jack said in his video. “I believe we are either fighting for equality or letting hate exist and breed in our culture. I’m an ally because I know it’s not real freedom unless it’s for all of us.”
“Did you know that 60% of Americans support marriage equality,” Andrew asked in his video. “I’m an ally because I’m a proud member of that percentage who is working so we can all have the same rights.”
Watch the videos below.