The band Fun. and New York based 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 aims to have an all-embracing 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 (lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, questioning/queer) equality. The first of these efforts 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 colleges across the country this fall. To kick off the tour, Fun will be holding a private media acoustic set with a special Q&A panel to discuss the tour’s social mission focus – LGBTQ equality and Getting the Dough Out of Politics.
The Ally Coalition's mission believes it is the responsibility of all “allies” to use their voices and influence to fight discrimination through education, awareness and advocacy. An “ally” is one who supports equal civil rights, gender equality, and LGBTQ social movements, while also actively challenging homophobia and transphobia.
Among this year’s biggest breakthrough releases Fun's debut album, “Some Nights” has has an active stance in supporting LGBTQ equality and other civil rights issues. The band’s guitarist, Jack Antonoff published a significant essay on The Huffington Post back in February to inspirit straight Americans to ally themselves with the cause. Rachel Antonoff has long been active in the fight for LGBTQ equality as well and recently the company began an initiative to donate a percentage of proceeds from each collection to support various organizations with the same goal. Both have given support to a number of leading LGBTQ equality organizations, including GLAAD, Human Rights Campaign, The Trevor Project, and Freedom To Marry.