eight Times Imagine Dragons' Dan Reynolds Set the Standard for LGBTQ Allies


In a day and age the place LGBTQ folks the world over are demanding the acceptance and respect they deserve, there are nonetheless many straight celebrities who really feel uncomfortable lending their outspoken assist to the neighborhood. Some keep quiet in order to not upset extra conservative audiences, and lots of extra don’t converse up for worry of offending queer folks.

Dan Reynolds is just not a kind of celebrities. The Imagine Dragons frontman has been an ally to the neighborhood all through his complete profession, and lately has grow to be some of the outspoken and recognizable straight allies within the leisure business.

From internet hosting profit live shows for LGBTQ youth to working with and supporting queer artists, Reynolds has proven time and time once more that he's keen to go to bat for the LGBTQ neighborhood. In honor of Imagine Dragons’ new album Origins -- out immediately (Nov. 9) -- listed below are eight instances he confirmed his friends tips on how to be the perfect type of straight ally.

He put his cash the place his mouth is along with his annual LoveLoud Festival

Speaking up for the LGBTQ neighborhood is definitely a part of an ally’s job, however actions at all times converse louder than phrases. Reynolds confirmed that he needs to truly make a distinction when he debuted the now-annual LoveLoud Festival again in 2017. A competition devoted to elevating cash and consciousness for at-risk LGBTQ youth, LoveLoud has raised over $1 million for LGBTQ organizations like The Trevor Project and Encircle.

He spoke up concerning the plight of LGBTQ Mormon youth along with his documentary Believer

After debuting the primary ever LoveLoud competition, Reynolds determined to let the world in on what made him resolve to do one thing along with his HBO documentary Believer. The movie follows Reynolds as he meets with and talks to younger queer individuals who had been concerned in some unspecified time in the future as Mormons. The movie discusses Utah’s excessive LGBTQ youth suicide charges, the inner wrestle for stability between faith and queerness and what it means to be a real ally, exhibiting Reynolds' journey from well-intentioned performer to bonafide straight ally.

He labored with queer celebrity Justin Tranter on “Believer”

Reynolds has gone on the report to say Imagine Dragons’ smash-hit single “Believer” is supposed as an anthem for LGBTQ folks dwelling by means of darkish instances. But what many might not know is that queer songwriter Justin Tranter co-wrote the music with Reynolds, expressing his anxiousness about the way forward for the LGBTQ neighborhood in our darkish political second. Reynolds not solely labored with Tranter to make his music as genuine as doable, however he additionally acknowledged Tranter for his contribution at a live performance for GLAAD by singing the music with him as a duet.

He confirmed tips on how to give LGBTQ folks the highlight along with his “Turn Up the Love” sequence

While it's at all times nice when allies converse up for the LGBTQ neighborhood, typically the job of an ally ought to be to make use of their platform to uplift voices from the neighborhood. Reynolds did precisely that along with his “Turn Up the Love” sequence with AT&T throughout Pride Month in 2018. In his six-part video sequence, Reynolds spoke with six totally different LGBTQ entertainers and activists about necessary points the neighborhood is dealing with and tips on how to attain a larger place of acceptance, exhibiting that typically, the perfect type of allyship shines the highlight away from your self.

He demonstrated tips on how to change along with his 2017 speech at TrevorLIVE

Back in 2017, Reynolds was awarded The Trevor Project’s annual Hero Award for people who've made an effort to uplift and assist LGBTQ folks all over the place. But throughout his acceptance speech on the 2017 TrevorLIVE occasion, Reynolds took the chance to share his story of happening his Mormon mission journey, the place he taught folks for 2 years that being homosexual was a sin. Instead of creating excuses, Reynolds owned as much as these two years and apologized to the LGBTQ neighborhood at massive. “I want I may re-knock all of these doorways and inform them that I used to be flawed,” he stated tearfully. It simply goes to indicate that allyship doesn’t imply being good, it merely means taking duty for previous actions and making your self higher.

He despatched love on to the LGBTQ neighborhood in a love letter

Throughout his profession, Reynolds has been in a position to converse on to his LGBTQ followers frequently. But maybe no different assertion made by the singer was as direct or as private because the love letter he wrote to the LGBTQ neighborhood for Billboard again in June. Speaking about his Mormon upbringing and his realization that he wanted to be an advocate for the neighborhood, Reynolds made sure to inform these studying that they had been beloved endlessly. “To our LGBTQ youth. I LOVE YOU,” he wrote. “Fully. Completely. I have a good time you. You are lovely and worthy of affection. I hope you let your self discover it and discover peace and safety in that place.”

He referred to as out Eminem for his homophobic lyrics on Kamikaze

Rapper Eminem has made headlines earlier than about his use of the phrase “f----t” on earlier tracks. He made headlines once more earlier this yr when he used a censored-out model of the phrase to make enjoyable of Tyler, the Creator on his monitor “The Fall” from his album Kamikaze. While Em defended his use of the phrase prior to now -- saying he by no means used it to particularly bash queer folks -- Reynolds, certainly one of his friends and a serious voice within the music business, unabashedly referred to as him out. “I don’t care what yr you had been born in or what that means it has to you,” he wrote on Twitter. “If it contributes to hate and bigotry then it's hateful. Period.” While some merely referred to as its use “uncalled for,” Reynolds made clear why the phrase is rarely okay to make use of in any circumstance.

He wrote a brand new music about accepting folks as they're referred to as “Love”

Even on Imagine Dragons’ model new album, Reynolds despatched a message to his LGBTQ followers within the album’s closing monitor, “Love.” The music is about studying to discover a widespread floor of acceptance and love, and it matches hand-in-hand along with his fixed advocacy for LGBTQ points. “We bought the identical heartbeat/ We’re dwelling for a similar goals/ We bought the identical bloodstream,” he sings on the monitor, reminding everybody that on the finish of the day, no matter race, gender or sexuality, we’re all nonetheless human.