Imagine Dragons frontman Dan Reynolds is speaking out against his Mormon faith's treatment of LGBTQ youth, saying that their anti-LGBTQ beliefs are "contributing to increased suicide rates, depression and anxiety for our LGBTQ youth."
"This isn't something up for debate. The statistics are staggering," he wrote in an essay on Rolling Stone. "LGBTQ youth are eight times more likely to take their lives when not accepted in their home or community. How can they feel accepted when they are being taught that their innate sense of being is flawed? When they are told that something that is unchangeable should be changed?"
"As a heterosexual white man of privilege, I promise to do all I can to change my broken community, for truly we are broken. The number one reason for death among teenagers in Utah is suicide. This is not my opinion. That is a fact. I have been given a platform from God, or the universe or maybe just by chance, and I intend to use it to help create change. I will not apologize for speaking my truth. I hope you speak your truth with the platform you have been given."
"To the people of orthodox faith that believe being gay is a sin when practiced upon, I hope you feel my heart. I hope you know that I respect your faith, but I cannot stand by and sit with one more parent as they weep and confide in me that they lost a child to suicide because they were LGBTQ and could not find acceptance within their community of faith. We must be better. We have to be better. If our leaders won't change, we must change. We must Loveloud."
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