Dan Reynolds of Imagine Dragons, who won the award for Top Rock Artist at the Billboard Music Awards, has called for ban on conversion therapy.
In a speech after receiving the award, the rock band’s activist frontman used the opportunity to shed light on LGBTQ issues.
“I just want to take this moment to say there are 34 states that still have no laws against conversion therapy. On top of that, 58 percent of our LGBTQ population live in those states,” said Reynolds, who is an outspoken advocate for LGBTQ+ rights.
“This could change but it’s going to take all of us talking to our state legislation, pushing forward laws to protect our LGBTQ youth. We’ve seen with conversion therapy that our LGBTQ youth have double the rate of depression, triple the rate of suicide after conversion therapy. It’s not working, it needs to change,” he told the gathering at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas.
Reynolds also urged people to get involved in political issues.
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