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Here's What Most People Don't Know About Imagine Dragons

I am a convert.

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BEFORE WE BEGIN, I want you to know that I too was once like you, I once thought of Imagine Dragons as that group that sang about lightning and the thunder. I knew nothing. I was dumb and ignorant.

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First off, Dan Reynolds is a straight Mormon dude who has made it his *life's mission* to change the way the Mormon church views and treats LGBT people. It's cool.

celebrate our diversity. embrace our LGBTQ youth. to “accept” does not simply mean to “love” - it means you give true validity and fully embrace and support diverse sexual orientations and do not see ones sexuality as “incorrect” or “sinful”. love is an empty word otherwise. https://t.co/ACaIZyNrX0

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That's when he realized: "I had many friends who were LGBTQ and Mormon that lived with constant anxiety and guilt because they were being taught that their innate sense of being, their most beautiful and sacred right to love, was flawed and sinful. I saw how hard they fought every day to hide it from their Mormon families. To try to force themselves to change their identity, but of course they could not."

Now, Dan is an unapologetic and outspoken LGBT rights activist...

I will not spend my lifetime trying to explain myself to others. I am confident in my path. I know my intentions and heart. I don’t need to convince anyone. When you know your truth so deeply that it becomes a part of you, then you are truly free from the worlds evaluations.

...and boy, do we love an ally.

I have never been mocked for my sexuality. Never held back because of the color of my skin. Never beaten for my unchangeable state of being. I am privileged. Others have fought this fight for decades before me. My efforts are small but my voice is loud. And I will use it.

But side note: He's also funny.

there are some mistakes that you can only appreciate when you get older. For instance. In middle school my aol instant messenger screen name was “dandaladiesman” needless to say I didn’t have a single girlfriend in middle school. sometimes u have to learn things the hard way

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He told Billboard: "One of the reasons I’ve felt such a need to speak out on this is I’ve gotten countless emails and letters from fans around the world who said, 'I’m gay, but I know you’re Mormon so that probably means you don’t accept my lifestyle, but I love ‘It’s Time’ and your music.” That was devastating and it broke my heart to get letters like that. I’ve written back to these people to tell them, 'No, I do support you and I’m here for you.'"

"As I got older and found the courage and agency to follow my own heart and mind, I let myself follow and speak MY truth that I've known since I was old enough to understand love: that being gay is perfect and in fact beautiful, as is all love."

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Dan also said this about my people (gays): "To be gay is beautiful and right and perfect; to tell someone they need to change their inner-most being is setting up someone for an unhealthy life and unhealthy foundation."

He's just great.

this girl will be raised to know that we are all equal, even when our government says otherwise.

Basically, the point of this is that I just had no idea the "Radioactive" guy was chill as hell.

I’d rather be hated and loved then have people be ambivalent. It look me a lot of years to make peace with that though. You must offend and irritate some in order to live a life of truth and meaning.

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I am forever converted, a true Imagine Dragons fan.

would u condemn someone 4 their: height? hair? skin color? no? then never. ever. condemn someone for being lgbt. it is a gift. unchangeable.

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"I spent far too many years as a confused Mormon. I am no longer confused. I am still a Mormon, but I am one with open eyes and open arms. I give you my word that I will do all I can to create dialogue that leads to change within communities of faith, for that is where change needs to happen most."

You can read Dan's full letter to the LGBT community here.