The American indie pop band ‘fun.’ has topped the singles charts in the U.S. for the fourth straight week, and the members are using their success to highlight gay and lesbian rights.
The track We Are Young (Feat. Janelle MonÃ¡e) ascended to the #1 spot on Billboard’s Hot 100 four weeks ago and seems to be stuck there.
With total downloads now exceeding two million, We Are Young has also found a #1 home on the Top Digital Songs chart.
The New York City band, consisting of Nate Ruess, Andrew Dost and Jack Antonoff, have chosen Revel & Riot, an organisation that promotes LGBT rights, awareness and equality through art, design and education resources, as their official charity partner.
A specially designed shirt reading “It’s all fun. and gay ‘til someone loses their rights” is on sale at all their gigs as well as via the band’s official web store. All proceeds from sales of the shirt will benefit Revel & Riot.
Although the trio say that they are straight, they believe that this only adds to the strength of their message.
“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,” fun. guitarist Antonoff told Spinner.
“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.”