From Instinct: While Mraz is known for his passionate songwriting, what is less known is his equally passionate support for equality. And after years of his quiet support for numerous LGBTQ organizations and charities—from the Trevor Project and True Colors Fund to the American Foundation For Equal Rights and many others in between—we thought it was time for this unsung ally to get a little respect.
“My weakness is seeing someone sad or seeing someone suffer. Seeing someone not have the same opportunities and privileges that I have. Whenever I see people not being given the opportunity to play, be free and love, that’s when I feel this is my problem to deal with, too. That’s something I have to figure out how to get over or channel, or I’ll spend a lot of time worrying about others,” Mraz says with a laugh.
When I moved to California, I moved to San Diego, and I was immediately embraced—mostly by the gay community first. My manager and his partner, lots of people from that community took me in, gave me a home and basically championed my career. So that always felt like my community,” he adds. “I was able to be my free self thanks to the free expression that all my gay friends seemed to live.”
From Instinct Magazine: Prepare to swoon heavily one week from tonight when we host a listening party for out artist Matt Zarley on Tuesday, November 8 at Here Bar in West Hollywood. The event will benefit Broadway Cares, Equity Fights AIDS, and Positive Young People and feature a hosted bar from Appleton Estate. More details about the event here.
As if that wasn’t enough, Matt will premiere his new single “Perfect” (which will be availble on Instinct Magazine the following day, Wednesday, November 9).