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 lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, questioning/queer (LGBTQ) 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.
The Ally Coalition aims to have an across the board presence in music, fashion and entertainment and will work individually with members from each community to raise both awareness and funds in support of LGBTQ equality. The first of these endeavors will be with fun. on the upcoming REVERB Campus Consciousness Tour. The tour – presented in partnership with non-profit group REVERB and Ben & Jerry’s – will hit an array of colleges across the country this fall (for itinerary visit www.ournameisfun.com).
fun. – whose RIAA gold-certified Fueled By Ramen debut album, “Some Nights” is among this year’s biggest breakthrough releases – has long been active in supporting LGBTQ equality and other civil rights issues. The band’s Jack Antonoff recently published a powerful essay on The Huffington Post, encouraging straight Americans to ally themselves with the cause.
New York-based designer Rachel Antonoff has long been active in the fight for LGBTQ equality. Recently the company began an initiative to donate a percentage of proceeds from each collection to support various organizations with the same goal.
In addition, fun. and Rachel Antonoff have offered support to a number of leading LGBTQ equality organizations, including GLAAD, Human Rights Campaign, The Trevor Project, and Freedom To Marry.
For more news and information, check out www.theallycoaliton.org, www.facebook.com/theallycoaltion, www.twitter.com/theallycoaltion, www.ournameisfun.com, and www.rachelantonoff.com.