Forty percent of homeless youth identify as LGBTQ. Yes, you read that number correctly. It’s a staggering figure, and Jack Antonoff of the bands Bleachers and Fun. believes it’s #Time2StepUp for LGBTQ equality. This is why Antonoff and his Bleachers bandmates have teamed up with The Ally Coalition, a national non-profit that works with entertainers and their fans to raise awareness, action and funds in support of LGBTQ equality, for the #Time2StepUp campaign.
Bleachers and The Ally Coalition are touring North America together this summer, raising awareness and funds for organizations that support the LGBTQ community nationwide.
We’ve made great strides in the last few years. The Supreme Court ruled the constitution guarantees marriage for all people, regardless of sexual orientation or gender identity. However, there is still a long way to go. There are currently more than 30 states that have introduced anti-LGBTQ legislation. What’s more, discrimination, hate crimes, and homelessness are affecting the community in big ways.
There are many incredible ways to get involved and support this great cause. You can rock out across the country during the Bleachers Tour this summer. You can also volunteer with The Ally Coalition at one (or more) of their tour dates and earn free tickets to the show. Or visit The Ally Coalition website to find out how you can win a chance to meet Jack Antonoff, and get Ben & Jerry’s ice cream and Pandora free for a year by donating or participating in online activities!
Check out tour dates here. For more information on how to win prizes and get involved, click here.