Semi Precious Weapons singer joins board of GLAAD
Justin Tranter, the lead singer of Semi Precious Weapons, has joined the board of LGBT charity GLAAD.
The out, gender non-conforming rock star, who has collaborated with musicians including Britney Spears, Gwen Stefani, Selena Gomez, Justin Bieber, and Fall Out Boy, was confirmed to be joining the LGBT media advocacy charity.
Tranter, whose credits include Justin Bieber’s massive hit Sorry, explained to Billboard: “Music is a big part of media and culture, so I thought I could really lend my voice and expertise and as much money as I can give.”
“I feel like there is a lot of homophobia and misogyny in the music business, and I feel like I’ve gotten to a place where I’ve broken down a lot of those doors.
“I’ve had the experience of going through homophobia in my work and I can share my experiences so future generations don’t have to deal with what I’ve dealt with.”
He added: “I won’t do press anymore unless I can talk about the homophobia and let queer people know our ideas are mainstream.”
Tranter is a long-time activist, initiating of an annual AIDS benefit while attending high school at the Chicago Academy for the Performing Arts. His advocacy continued while attending Berklee where he founded Musicians With a Mission, a scholarship fund for LGBTQ youth education
In 2016, after flying to Orlando to help in the aftermath of the 2016 Orlando nightclub shooting, Tranter helped orchestrate the release of charity single ‘Hands’ – raising funds for Equality Florida Pulse Victims Fund, GLAAD, and the GLBT Community Center of Central Florida.
Sarah Kate Ellis, GLAAD President & CEO, said: “Justin Tranter’s impact on the music industry is far reaching and dynamic.
“By harnessing the power of song, he is able to share beautiful stories that change hearts and minds. Justin’s work on ‘Hands’ helped a nation cope with tragedy and we are honored to add his vision and voice to the GLAAD National Board of Directors.”
He is joined by Ariel Foxman, the former editorial director of leading fashion media brands InStyle and StyleWatch.