By Travis Clark
For one night only, some of the top talent in the entertainment industry will assemble for The Ally Coalition’s Talent Show on December 2 at New World Stages in New York City. The Ally Coalition was co-founded by the Grammy-winning band Fun. and designer Rachel Antonoff, and works with members of the music, fashion and entertainment worlds to raise awareness and funds in support of LGBTQ equality.
Entertainers already announced for the show include Bleachers, “Girls” creator Lena Dunham, comedian Janeane Garofalo, singer Andrew McMahon of Jack’s Mannequin and Something Corporate, and singer-songwriter Ingrid Michaelson. More special guests will be announced soon.
The proceeds from the show will be donated to The Ally Coalition’s local partner organizations across the country. One of these organizations is New Alternatives for LGBT Homeless Youth in New York City, which aims to increase the self-sufficiency of homeless LGBT youth to enable them to go beyond the shelter system and transition into stable adult lives. It provides many valuable services, ranging from education to community building activities to build self-esteem and form a friendly community environment.
“We’re excited to bring together the talents of so many people we respect for an amazing night,” says Jack Antonoff, one of the founders of TAC and a founding member of the bands Bleachers and Fun. “There are so many local organizations across the country helping LGBTQ youth in their community and we are grateful to bring attention to their important work.”
The Ally Coalition is currently working on several different projects like collecting winter hats, providing hot meals and raising funds for Detroit’s Ruth Ellis Center to build a community health center that to provide medical and mental health services for runaway, homeless and at-risk gay, lesbian and transgender youth.
To learn more about The Ally Coalition and to find tickets for the Talent Show, check out its Facebook page.