Panic! At The Disco’s Brendon Urie Launches Charity

    Brendon Urie of Panic! at the Disco in concert at Emo's, Austin, Texas, 12 Feb 2014. Photo by Manuel Nauta/NurPhoto/REX/Shutterstock (3571635h)

    Panic! At The Disco frontman Brendon Urie has always been an inclusive kind of guy.

    The band’s 2013 album Too Weird to Live, Too Rare to Die, included a song titled “Girls/Girls/Boys,” an anthem about different sexual orientations, and in 2014, when the Westboro Baptist Church recorded a parody of PATD’s hit song “I Write Sins Not Tragedies” (renaming it “You Love Sin What A Tragedy”)  and threatened to protest outside one of the band’s concerts, Brendon decided to donate $20 to the Human Rights Campaign for every protester that showed up.

    Now, he’s taking it one step further and launching his own charity – the Highest Hopes Foundation – named after a song from Panic!’s new album  Pray for the Wicked, “High Hopes.”

    “Every single day, all of you show me strength, courage and motivation, and as a result it felt important to create something to show you that I see all of the wonderful things you’re doing out there in the world. With that being said, I want to join in on the fight for those who cannot fight for themselves,” Brendon wrote on the band’s Facebook page.

    The foundation, he said, was “created to support the efforts of non-profit organizations that lead, develop, and advocate support for human rights.”

    “This is dedicated to all people + communities who are subject to discrimination or abuse on the basis of gender, race, religion, sexual orientation + gender identity,” Brendon added.

    To start it off, Brendon pledged $1 out of every ticket sale for the band’s upcoming Pray for the Wicked tour in the US to the foundation.

    Learn more about the Highest Hopes Foundation here.