Rock star Brendon Urie has pledged to give $1 million to an LGBTI rights group to help it establish support clubs in schools across the US.
The Panic! At the Disco frontman has teamed up with the Gay, Lesbian and Straight Education Network (GLSEN), an advocacy group focused on creating safer environments in schools for students regardless of their sexuality or gender identity.
Urie’s generous donation is part of a newly announced alliance that will see the lead singer of the rock band establish Gender & Sexuality/Gay-Straight Alliance (GSA) clubs led by students in every high school across America.
‘For years my fans have inspired me with their determination and creativity as they have created a safe and inclusive community,’ Urie said in a statement.
Star launched Highest Hopes Foundation
‘I felt the time had come for me to join them boldly, to bring that energy and power to bear on the huge challenges facing our whole society.’
The 31 year-old star has pledged the $1m gift to GLSEN through his Highest Hopes Foundation. The money will be used to help the schools provide resources, training and support to students need in order to get the programs up and running.
Urie’s Highest Hopes Foundation was launched last week, and aims to help non-profit organizations that lead, develop and advocate support for human rights.
‘Launching the Highest Hopes Foundation with GLSEN as our first cause feels natural to the DNA of P!ATD, I am beyond excited to see what we can do together,’ Urie said.
‘Some of the most inspiring leaders out there right now have come from GSAs. Working firsthand with GLSEN, student leaders everywhere, and all my fans, I want to make sure that every one of our future leaders out there has the support they need to form their own GSA and begin their work to make a better world.’