Imagine Dragons used Billboard Awards speech to condemn ‘gay cure therapy’

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Imagine Dragons called to ban conversion therapy during their acceptance speech at the Billboards Music Awards as they won the Best Rock Group nomination. Imagine Dragons lead singer and longtime LGBT+ ally Dan Reynolds called out the more than 30 states in the US in which it is still legally possible to impose different harmful practices on people with a n aim to change their sexuality or gender identity. ““I just want to take this moment to say that there are 34 states that have no laws banning conversion therapy. 34! And on top of that 58% of our LGBTQ population live in those states,” said the singer, urging all people to address their local legislators with a request to protect the rainbow community. “We’ve seen with conversion therapy that our LGBTQ youth have double the date of depression, triple the rate of suicide, after conversion therapy. It’s not working, it needs to change,” he concluded.

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