HRC Gets In on the fun.
March 6, 2012 by HRC staff
The following post comes from HRC Membership Outreach Manager Zack Hasychak:
HRC is bringing the message about equality to new audiences through a partnership with the hot new band fun., in conjunction with our partners at LGBTQ rights organization revel & riot. Jack Antonoff, the band’s guitarist, recently wrote about the importance of straight allies on the Huffington Post:
“2012 is a strange time in the fight to end inequality. On paper we are closer than ever before, and although this is true, our country is also becoming more and more polarized as a byproduct of this undeniable progress. While it is important to celebrate each victory large or small, there is obviously still a great struggle ahead. Our roles as straight allies of LGBTQ Americans are becoming not only clearer but increasingly vital as we go further down the road toward change. We have reached a moment in which wavering apathy is simply a non-option, as it is an endorsement in itself of the treatment of LGBTQ Americans as second-class citizens. As straight allies, we have to realize that the time is now to take a critical look at ourselves and to question how and where we are allowing hate to exist and, therefore, to breed.
As straight Americans we have two choices: we can choose to sit back and enjoy our rights as we have them, or we can realize that it is actually not freedom at all when our friends, family, neighbors, and colleagues do not share these basic rights. We live in a time when the rights that we are accustomed to are really just the elite privileges of being born into the type of person that our government deems as ‘first-class.’”
HRC will be partnering with fun. in Orlando, Houston, Dallas, San Francisco, Salt Lake City, Denver, Kansas City, Minneapolis, Chicago, Columbus, Boston, Philadelphia, DC, Portland, St. Louis, Cleveland and New York City beginning this Thursday. For tour information and to buy tickets, visit the band’s tour site.
fun. came onto the scene in 2009 with the debut album Aim and Ignite. In 2012, fun. returned with its sophomore effort, Some Nights, and are currently on the road touring.