Imagine Dragons Slam Gay Conversion Therapy During 2019 BBMAs Speech

Imagine Dragons’ frontman Dan Reynolds criticized the controversial practice of gay conversion therapy while accepting the band’s Top Rock Group trophy at the 2019 Billboard Music Awards on Wednesday. "I just want to take this moment to say there are still 34 states that have no laws banning conversion therapy," Reynolds said on stage. "On top of that, 58 percent of our LGBTQ population live in those states." He went on to explain, "This can change, but it’s going to take us talking to our legislation and pushing forward laws to protect our LGBTQ youth. Lastly, we have seen with conversion therapy that our LGBTQ youth have doubled the rate of depression and tripled the rate of suicide." Reynolds previously explored how the Mormon Church treats its LGBTQ members in an award-winning documentary titled Believer.

 
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