Imagine Dragons' Dan Reynolds asks religious leaders to condemn conversion therapy, accept LGBT kids
I plead with our religious leaders across the world to stand up for equality together. true equality - not empty words of love - but statements and actions thats show our LGBTQ youth that they are “sinless” and perfect just as they are.— Dan Reynolds (@DanReynolds) March 20, 2019
until these changes are made within the doctrines of orthodox faith, we will continue to see increased rates of suicidality and depression/anxiety amongst our LGBTQ youth.— Dan Reynolds (@DanReynolds) March 20, 2019
it is a false notion that LGBTQ youth are more likely to have emotional vulnerabilities because of who they are/how their brains are programmed.— Dan Reynolds (@DanReynolds) March 20, 2019
the truth is that the leaders of our communities have created societal rules that leave no room for our LGBTQ youth to be healthy.
it is a flawed system, not a flawed individual.— Dan Reynolds (@DanReynolds) March 20, 2019
until the leaders of all orthodox faiths denounce conversion therapy and accept our LGBTQ youth into full fellowship I believe we will continue to see a great exodus from all orthodox faith.— Dan Reynolds (@DanReynolds) March 20, 2019
we are not a generation that will stand for intolerance, homophobia or racism.
and to those that say the simple answer is for our youth to just leave religion - it isn’t that simple. many of these LGBTQ youth will be kicked out of the home and put into a more dangerous situation if they denounce the faith of their family.— Dan Reynolds (@DanReynolds) March 20, 2019
also many find peace in their faith. they love it. it brings them comfort in a sad and oftentimes scary world.— Dan Reynolds (@DanReynolds) March 20, 2019
it is now up to our leaders to LEAD.
how many more children will be lose before we practice true love in our churches?
· Imagine Dragons singer Dan Reynolds, who is straight and Mormon, has made it his mission to see LGBT youth accepted in religious communities. The 2017 documentary Believer followed him as he established the Love Loud music festival, a Salt Lake City music festival meant to draw attention to high suicide rates among Mormon youth. The festival benefits LGBT charities. Yesterday he took to Twitter and called on religious leaders to denounce homophobia.
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