Fun. to Headline Trevor Project Event: Exclusive
"We are honored to be supporting the Trevor Project in every way we can," said Fun.'s Jack Antonoff in a statement to Billboard.com. "In the current state in which LGBTQ citizens are denied basic rights, it's absolutely vital to have resources like the Trevor Project available to kids as a support system to help them understand that there is nothing wrong with them."
The group has long advocated LGBTQ rights, previously teaming up with Revel & Riot to design a T-shirt that reads, "It's all Fun. and gay 'til someone loses their rights." In May of this year, the three heterosexual members of Fun. told the Washington Post that they hope to establish a nonprofit organization to support same-sex marriage.
Abbe Land, executive director and CEO of the Trevor Project, said that Fun. is "a perfect fit" for the event, as they've been actively promoting LGBTQ awareness for months. "We are looking forward to their performance, as well as their continued work in the LGBTQ community," she said.
Antonoff, who will perform with frontman Nate Ruess, added, "As a band of allies who are doing everything in our power to help ensure LGBTQ rights, aligning with the Trevor Project is thrilling and inspiring for us." Andrew Dost will not be joining his bandmates for the show.
The "Trevor Live" event, presented by Audi of America and Wells Fargo, will take place at NYC's Pier 60 on June 25, with a wide range of celebrities expected to appear. "Smash" director Michael Mayer will guest direct the show, which has previously honored stars like Lady Gaga, Neil Patrick Harris and Daniel Radcliffe.
"Smash's" Debra Messing will also appear at "Trevor Live," alongside her former "Will and Grace" costar Eric McCormack. Tony Award winner Steven Kazee will be featured in the show, and MTV president Stephen Friedman will be on hand to accept the Trevor 2020 Award.