Imagine Dragons Use Their BBMAs Acceptance Speech To Raise Awareness For The LGBTQ Community

Imagine Dragons won the Billboard Music Award for Top Rock Artist and gave a powerful acceptance speech.

 

The Band used their platform to address the harms of conversion therapy.

β€œI just want to take this moment to say there are still 34 states that have no laws banning conversion therapy. Thirty-four,” and on top of that, 58% of our LGBTQ population live in those states. This can change, but it’s going to take all of us talking to our state legislation pushing forward laws to protect our LGBTQ youth.”

“Lastly, I just want to say we have seen with conversion therapy that our LGBTQ youth have double the rate of depression, triple the rate of suicide after conversion therapy,” he continued. “It’s not working; it needs to change.”

Dan Reynolds spearheaded the LoveLoud Foundation, which champions LGBTQ youth and puts on an annual festival to help raise money for at-risk youth.