Words: Jamie Tabberer; picture: wiki
Imagine Dragons frontman Dan Reynolds has donated the house he grew up in to an LGBTQ organisation.
The ‘Thunder’ singer’s former home, which is worth over $1 million (£723,185), will go to Encircle, a group creating resource centres for LGBTQ youth in Arizona, Idaho, Nevada and Utah.
The donation will go towards the non-profit’s ‘$8 Million, 8 Houses’ campaign.
“That’s powerful for me”
Announcing the news on Good Morning America on Friday, the star said: “To know, with my mom and dad’s blessing, I was able to purchase the home for them and it’s going to be the first Encircle home in Las Vegas — that’s powerful for me.”
Apple CEO Tim Cook and Utah Jazz owner Ryan Smith are also backing the cause.
Dan added in a statement with wife Aja Volkman: “Encircle is about bringing young LGBTQ+ people and their families together, by including the community and strengthening the bonds that connect us.
“Being a part of this organization means so much to both of us and we know the house Dan grew up in will be a loving and supportive home to every young LGBTQ+ person who crosses the threshold.”
Cook meanwhile said on GMA: “This is why I came out. I was getting notes from kids. Kids who were contemplating suicide, kids that are being bullied. I wanted to share a part of my life, and being involved with this with Dan and Ryan – and taking it to a new level – is what it’s all about.”