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'We stand with you': Imagine Dragons frontman Dan Reynolds gives passionate speech to LGBT youth

The band was headlining the Love Loud Festival in Salt Lake City over the weekend

2018-07-30

Imagine Dragons frontman Dan Reynolds gave a passionate pro-LGBT speech at the Love Loud Festival this weekend.

The band were headlining the festival in Salt Lake City which aims to support LGBT+ youth by donating the proceeds to LGBT+ charities and half way through their set, Reynolds stopped and addressed the crowd.

Reynolds – who identifies as straight - said: “I was just informed that we have officially raised our goal tonight of over £1 million.

“You did this by coming tonight from all walks of life [and] all sides. We’ve got one last song for you – we love you.

“To our LGBTQ youth, stay with us every day. We need you, we love you [and] we accept you.

“Your love is valid, it’s pure, it’s true [and] it’s beautiful. We stand with you – Love Loud will be here. Peace, love, equality – we’ll see you again soon.”

Back in March, Reynolds openly supported the LGBT+ community with a heartwarming post on Twitter.

He wrote: “celebrate our diversity. embrace our LGBTQ youth. to “accept” does not simply mean to “love” - it means you give true validity and fully embrace and support diverse sexual orientations and do not see ones sexuality as “incorrect” or “sinful”. love is an empty word otherwise.”