Ray Toro Releases Song to Honor Leelah Alcorn

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Former My Chemical Romance guitarist Ray Toro has released another new song from his solo project.
The new song is titled, “For the Lost and Brave.”

Along with the song, Toro released a message on his website about the song in which he reveals he had held back releasing the song on countless occasions, but decided to release it now that he released to honor of 17-year-old transgender teenager, Leelah Alcorn, after she committed suicide this past Sunday.

Read his statement below.

“I wrote this song about a year ago, waiting to release it on my record when it was complete. There have been many times that I’ve almost put it out, but have always found a reason to hold it back. But lately there seems to be so much hate and misunderstanding in this world.

As I’m sure many of you felt after reading the news of young Leelah Alcorn taking her own life, my heart sank. I felt sick. Yet another young life gone because of not being heard, not being understood, and not being unconditionally loved for who they truly were. After hearing her story, and reading her final Tumblr post, I finally felt it was time to share the song.

It is time we learn to accept each other for who we truly are. Being seen, heard, and truly loved as our authentic selves is something we all want, and something we all deserve.”

For those interested in an update on Leelah’s story, a private burial was reportedly held for her today because her spineless jellyfish parents were scared of all the backlash they have received from the public after her suicide and even more so after her mother went on national television and continued to refer to her by not only her given name but also using male pronouns.

As for Toro, this will be the third song he has released since announcing his plans to become a solo artist back in August.

Coldplay Donate Money to Terminally Ill Fan’s Campaign

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Say what you will about Coldplay, but one thing that you can not argue is how dedicated their fans are and how they are dedicated to them in return.

Last week, the band did something that only a handful of bands have done in the past; donated money to a fan. Members of the band donated £10,000 ($17,000) to a fundraiser organized by the family of a terminally ill fan.

Jody Duff, a long-time Coldplay fan, is battling motor neurone disease, a progressive neurological condition that has confined him to a wheelchair. Through his Just Giving page, he raises funds for the Motor Neurone Disease Association to help others who suffer the same disease as him.

Duff’s campaign which had a goal of raising £25,000, caught the attention of the band who would go on to contribute to the fundraising campaign. But, when you though having one of your favorite band contribute to the campaign was all, they didn’t stop there. Coldplay continued to tweet their many followers on Twitter, urging them to contribute to the campaign.

According to U.K, paper, The Mirror, Duff was shocked when he saw the money in the Just Giving account. This wasn’t the first encounter that Duff has had with his favorite band. When the British-based band performed at London’s Royal Albert Hall earlier this month, he got to spend sometime with frontman Chris Martin.

“Chris was genuinely interested in learning about motor neurone disease,” Duff told The Mirror. At that same show, Martin dedicated “Fix You,” Duff’s favorite song, to him while also inviting him backstage.

If Duff isn’t already a die-hard Coldplay fan than this definitely sealed his loyalty