Upon accepting their award for best rock group at the Billboard Music Awards, Imagine Dragons used the moment to bring up a very important topic.
“I just want to take this moment to say there are still 34 states that have no laws banning conversion therapy,” said frontman Dan Reynolds, adding “on top of that 58% of our LGBTQ population live in those states.”
Reynolds further discussed the pressures that LGBTQ youth are experiencing in the United States.
“This can change, but it’s going to take us talking to our legislation and pushing forward laws to protect our LGBTQ youth,” he added. “Lastly, we have seen with conversion therapy that our LGBTQ youth have doubled the rate of depression and tripled the rate of suicide.”
Reynolds is an active campaigner of LGBTQ rights, including an award-winning documentary he worked on that looks at how the Mormon Church treats LGBTQ members.
Fans on Twitter applauded Reynolds for his speech. You can read a few of the tweets below.