Sports haven’t always been LGBTQ-friendly, and there’s still a ways to go in this cause. On top of that, Russia’s openly homophobic laws have caused real concern about the safety of gay athletes and tourists attending the Olympics. In response to this the band fun. has teamed up with the You Can Play Project.
The three members of fun. Tweeted:
— FUN. (@OurNameIsFun) December 2, 2013
The shows the guys talking about the sports they like and their different sets of skills.
“We love our straight fans, our bisexual fans, transgender, gay, lesbian, no matter where you’re coming from,” said Jack Antonoff, who’s spoken to MTV Act about his and the band’s work for LGBTQ rights. “We always say at a fun. show we’re all equal.”
“Every day we make a choice to do the right thing,” said Nate Ruess. “Make the choice to respect talent, heart and skill in your game, in your music, or whatever your passion might be.”
“It doesn’t matter what sport you’re playing, what language you’re singing in, what part of the world you’re from,” said Andrew Dost.
The guys all go on to say, “If you can play, you can play.” In other words, if you can play a sport, or an instrument, or whatever it is that inspires you, you can play, no matter what your sexual orientation is. Just yesterday Tom Daley came out and empowered LGBTQ athletes and allies all over the world, and like him, the You Can Play Project wants to end homophobia and prejudice in sports.
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