Dan Reynolds Says His LGBTQ Activism Invites Backlash On All Sides, But 'Everybody Has to Do Their Part'


'People inform me they received’t enable their youngsters to go to my live shows anymore,' the Imagine Dragons frontman says.

Dan Reynolds shouldn't be afraid of alienating some in his viewers. The Imagine Dragons frontman has been a fierce and outspoken ally for the LGBTQ neighborhood for the previous few years, and has seen his justifiable share of criticism for being so vocal.

Reynolds opened up about that criticism in a current interview with Vulture. The artist stated that lots of his critics have been conservative mother and father who didn’t agree together with his message of equality. “Going into this, I knew there can be individuals on the far proper who have been going to be upset,” he stated of his activism. “People inform me they received’t enable their youngsters to go to my live shows anymore; that after I get to heaven, God’s going to be upset with me as a result of I made so many youngsters homosexual.”

But Reynolds additionally revealed that his critics aren’t restricted to spiritual conservatives who're anti-LGBTQ --  the singer revealed that there are numerous on the other aspect who disparage his work. “And there’s additionally going to be individuals on the far left who're upset. Because, who the fuck am I, mister white privileged man,” he stated. “And I get it, however for me, I've to talk my reality and what I consider is, in the case of points like this, all people has to do their half.”

While Reynolds has been an outspoken ally for years, he turned publicly recognized for his involvement when he began Love Loud, a now-annual music pageant based mostly in Utah that raises cash and consciousness for organizations serving to at-risk LGBTQ youth. He made his place unequivocally clear together with his 2017 documentary Believer, the place the singer charted his journey studying about suicide amongst Mormon LGBTQ youth, additional spurring his allyship.

“I've seen a lot injury completed to those households,” he stated within the interview. “I’ve met with so many mother and father who’ve misplaced youngsters to suicide. I've a lot hearth about it. I need change, and I do know that I may help make change.”

Reynolds additionally talked concerning the Mormon Church’s current effort to deliver extra LGBTQ individuals in by clarifying that they settle for queer individuals, simply not their conduct. “The infuriating half for me and for all these youngsters is that it’s really doing extra injury,” he stated. “What they’re doing is saying: ‘There is a spot for you. A secure place for you. Come on in. But listed below are your choices: Celibacy, blended orientation marriage — so marry outdoors your sexual choice, or lie, or inform the reality and be excommunicated.’”

Read the total interview with Reynolds about his LGBTQ activism right here.