Macklemore and Ryan Lewis will be joining singers like Ricky Martin and Yvonne Chaka Chaka in the United Nations Free & Equal campaign as “equality champions.”
As equality champions, the hip-hop duo will spread messages about the LGBT community through social media networks, according to the Rolling Stone.
“We’re so honored to be working with the United Nations and Free & Equal to help spread a message of equality and respect,” Macklemore said in a statement. “Ryan and I have always believed that human rights are for everyone – no exceptions.”
Macklemore and Lewis have been outspoken advocates for LGBT rights and have even joined the You Can Play campaign which aims to end homophobia in sports, music and entertainment.
The two don’t stop at LGBT equality, but racial equality as well.
“I want to acknowledge Trayvon Martin and the hundreds and hundreds of kids that are dying due to racial profiling and the violence that follows it,” Macklemore said during his speech at the American Music Awards. “This is really happening [to] our friends, our neighbors, our peers, our fans, and it’s time that we look out for the youth and fight against racism and the laws that protect it.”
The U.N. Free & Equal campaign seeks to end violence and discrimination as well as raise awareness about homophobia and trans-gender-phobia. It was launched in Cape Town, South Africa last July by U.N. High Commissioner for Human Rights, Navi Pillay.