Imagine Dragons frontman Dan Reynolds advocated for LGBTQ youth during his Sunday night (July 29) appearance at his LoveLoud music festival in Salt Lake City, Utah. Prior to the big festival, the rocker had a goal of raising $1 million to donate to LGBTQ-geared foundations and the music affair did just that.
The festival, which was started after Reynolds jumpstarted the LoveLoud foundation in 2017, had a specific goal of reaching $1 million dollars, a ballpark that the singer himself admitted might be "overly ambitious." "I think that we went into this shooting for the stars, and that's been kind of what LoveLoud has been about from the very beginning – doing something that is maybe a little overly ambitious, but somehow we pull it off," he told Billboard before LoveLoud's all-day affair.
Still, the goal was reached and his final speech during his Sunday set surely put the accomplishment on the frontlines. "We've got one last song for you. We love you. We love you. To our LGBTQ youth, stay with us every day. We need you, we love you, we accept you. Your love is valid, it’s pure, it’s true, it’s beautiful," he told the audience before launching into their final track, "Believer." "We stand with you. Love Loud will be here. We’re just going to stay here. Thank you for raising over a million dollars tonight. Peace, love, equality. We’ll see you again soon."
Contributions from the festival ticket sales and donations will benefit organizations like The Trevor Project, Encircle and Tegan and Sara Foundation.
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