(Photo: Dan Reynolds)
Dan Reynolds, the frontman for the rock group Imagine Dragons, used his band’s acceptance speech for the top rock artist award Wednesday at the Billboard Music Awards to advocate for the LGBTQ community and speak out against conversion therapy, reports NBC News.
“I just want to take this moment to say that there are still 34 states that don’t have laws banning conversion therapy,” Reynolds said. “On top of that, 58 percent of our LGBTQ population live in those states. This can change, but it’s going to take all of us talking to our state legislature, pushing forward laws to protect our LGBTQ youth.”
“And lastly,” he added, “we have seen with conversion therapy that our LGBTQ youth have double the rate of depression, triple the rate of suicide after conversion therapy. It’s not working and needs to change.”