January 11, 2013 By Erika Reichelscheimer |
The Used, an Orem-Utah-based rock band that has been described as everything from “emo-metal” to “screamo-tinged post-hardcore,” can add another descriptor to their bio: advocates for LGBT youth. The band is headlining a 33-city tour that will raise awareness and funds for the It Gets Better Project, a group that encourages LGBT teens in the face of bullying and harassment. Throughout the whole Take Action Tour, which will also feature We Came As Romans, Crown The Empire, and Mindflow, 10% of all ticket purchases will go to the charity.
The It Gets Better Project was created in response to an alarming increase in in the number of bullied young people in the LGBT community taking their own lives. They are probably best known for the “It Gets Better” videos. Over 50,000 individuals nationwide filmed a message to struggling LGBT teens including loads of celebrities.
Check out this one from The Used’s Bert and Jeph:
Stephanie Laffin, who is on the board of directors at It Gets Better Project, stated “[We are] thrilled to collaborate with The Used and Hopeless Records on the upcoming Take Action! tour. The Used are powerful voices for young people, well known for their community involvement and outreach, and for encouraging young people to embrace their individuality.”
Even if you can’t make it to one of the Take Action Tour shows, there are ways to support the cause while rocking out. Check out this compilation CD, proceeds of which also go to charity.