Indie pop band fun. has pledged to
raise $250,000 to help at-risk LGBT youth in Detroit.
Fun., which has released two studio
albums, includes singer Nate Ruess, guitarist Jack Antonoff and
multi-instrumentalist Andrew Dost, a native Detroiter.
Funds raised through its The Ally
Coalition will go to build a community health center for the Ruth
Ellis Center, the Detroit area social services agency that serves the
needs of runaway, homeless and at-risk lesbian, gay, bisexual and
transgender (LGBT) youth. The center is named after African-American
gay rights activist Ruth Ellis, who opened her home to homeless
African-American gays as early as the 1930s.
The Ally Coalition was started last
year by Antonoff's sister, designer Rachel Antonoff, with the band's
Jack Antonoff encourages homophobes to boycott their shows.)