Artist Spotlight: “We Are Young” rockers fun. fight for the freedom to marry
October 10, 2012
For the past year, indie pop band fun. has been reigning at the top of the music charts. Their No. 1 hit "We Are Young"
became one of the songs of the summer, and it's been on Billboard's Hot 100 chart for the past 41 weeks, while their newer single "Some Nights" has continued charting as one of the most popular singles in the country.
fun. has been directing some of their newfound spotlight to the freedom to marry, speaking out whenever they can about why marriage matters to same-sex couples and why allies should stand up for same-sex couples. They're the headliner on the REVERB Campus Consciousness Tour, which is designed to educate and mobilize students across the country to take positive action toward LGBTQ equality. They've recorded videos for the Human Rights Campaign and Ben & Jerry's about why they support marriage for same-sex couples. And now, they're one of the bands involved with our Freedom to Love Now! concert
, which will benefit Freedom to Marry and our campaign to win marriage nationwide. You can buy tickets to see fun. at the concert in New York City HERE.
At the end of the month, nearly a dozen musical acts, including fun., will join together in New York City for the Freedom to Love Now! concert. In addition to fun., the concert event will feature superstar performers like Rufus Wainwright, They Might Be Giants, and The National. All of the proceeds from the October 30 event, which will take place at New York City's Beacon Theatre, will benefit Freedom to Marry. BUY TICKETS HERE
, and check out our VIP PACKAGES HERE
In addition to playing at our show, fun. has been supporting marriage for same-sex couples in other ways, too. They released a T-shirt this year
that reads, "It's all fun. and gay 'til someone loses their rights," and all three members of the band have spoken out consisently about why it's such an important issue. In an article in The Washington Post, for example, guitarist Jack Antonoff said, "We're firm believers in the idea that if you're not talking about it, you're part of the problem. We realize we have an audience, and it would be a real shame to waste it."
He's also talked about his band's integral role as allies to the LGBTQ community. He said, "It is the responsibility for allies to support LGBTQ causes and fight against discrimination through education, awareness and advocacy."
Join fun. at Freedom to Love Now!, which hits New York City on October 30. The full line-up of performers also includes John Cameron Mitchell and Stephen Trask, Justin Vivian Bond, Toshi Reagon, and Doveman. Make sure you buy your tickets! You won't want to miss out on this great way to hear wonderful music and support the freedom to marry.