LDS Church lauds pro-LGBTQ+ music festival

The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints today released a statement lauding the upcoming LoveLoud Festival to be held in Orem next weekend. Founded this year by Imagine Dragons frontman Dan Reynolds, the website calls the event, “A music festival celebrating love for our LGBTQ+ community.”

“We applaud the LoveLoud Festival for LGBTQ Youth’s aim to bring people together to address teen safety and to express respect and love for all of God’s children,” says the statement released by the LDS Church. “We join our voice with all who come together to foster a community of inclusion in which no one is mistreated because of who they are or what they believe.”

“We share common beliefs, among them the pricelessness of our youth and the value of families. We earnestly hope this festival and other related efforts can build respectful communication, better understanding and civility as we all learn from each other.”

Reynolds was awarded earlier this year by the Trevor Project, a group focused on the problem of LGBT youth suicide. In his speech, he apologized for saying that being gay is bad while on an LDS mission.

In his statement on why he started the LoveLoud Foundation, Reynolds said he wanted to “help ignite the relevant and vital conversation of what it means to unconditionally love, understand, accept and support LGBTQ+ youth in an effort to keep families together.”

“I want LOVELOUD to engage a passionate and supportive audience in the fight against teen suicide and to bring communities together to start a conversation that focuses on recognizing individuality,” he said.

The Festival will take place August 26 at the Brent Brown Ballpark at the Utah Valley University campus.

In addition to Imagine Dragons, music will be heard by Neon Trees, Krewella, Nicholas Petricca of Walk the Moon and Joshua James.

The planned capacity for the event is 18,000, but organizers are working with fire marshals to potentially increase the capacity to more than 20,000.

Tickets start at $11 at loveloudfest.com

The Festival benefits the Trevor Project, Encircle: LGBTQ Family & Youth Resource Center, GLAAD and STAND4KIND.

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