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Video: Pop music sensation fun. at the #glaadawards in SF
Jack Antonoff, Andrew Dost and Nate Ruess from the indie-pop band fun., joined GLAAD at the GLAAD Media Awards in San Francisco on Saturday, June 2. This spring, fun.'s hit single, "We Are Young," spent six consecutive weeks in the number one spot on Billboard's Hot 100 chart.
The band members came to the GLAAD event directly from another gig they had across town, and put on their black-tie best to introduce an opening montage reel that kicked off the show for the more than 600 guests at the San Francisco Marriott Marquis.
Antonoff, Dost and Ruess are strong allies for LGBT equality. In February, Antonoff penned an op-ed for the Huffington Post about why he and his bandmates see fighting homophobia as a basic human rights issue. In May, Antonoff also participated in HRC's Americans for Marriage Equality video campaign.
Antonoff went on to tell Spinner Magazine, "Being part of a band of three straight men, we felt there was an inherent power in the fact that we aren't gay, and yet we still care and we have a voice -- there's a responsibility there. There are moments in history where it's vital [to have a voice] and anyone that is not standing up for the LGBT community is a huge part of what's holding them back."
The group recently produced a t-shirt with a pro-LGBT equality message in conjunction with the Montreal-based group Revel & Riot whose objective is to "promote LGBTQ rights, awareness and equality through new media, graphics, writing, and products on the internet." Proceeds from the t-shirt sales will help Revel & Riot continue to create bring awareness about LGBT issues through art.
fun. joined host Dianna Agron (Glee); Rita Moreno (Happily Divorced); Adam Pally (Happy Endings); Kerry Washington, Guillermo Diaz, Katie Lowes (Scandal); Shonda Rhimes (Grey's Anatomy, Private Practice, Scandal); Sean Maher (Much Ado About Nothing); Jordon Todosey, Annie Clark, Linda Schuyler (Degrassi); Mario Lopez (Extra); MSNBC's Thomas Roberts; People.com editor Janet Mock; John Gidding (Curb Appeal: The Block); author and advocate Zach Wahls; comedians Fortune Feimster and Chris Franjola; and GLAAD President Herndon Graddick.
Guests also enjoyed a performance by Beverly McClellan, a finalist on season one of The Voice, as well as Mystère by Cirque du Soleil.
The GLAAD Media Awards help fund GLAAD’s work to share culture-changing stories that build support for equality.
The 23rd Annual GLAAD Media Awards were presented nationally by Ketel One and Wells Fargo, and presented locally in San Francisco by Southwest Airlines.