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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

By Steve Brown

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.”