The LoveLoud Foundation Offers Hope To Youth Struggling with Suicide, Bullying and Intimidation
The LoveLoud Music Festival kicks-off today at Rice-Eccles Stadium with Imagine Dragons, Zedd, Tyler Glenn of Neon Trees, Grace VanderWaal and more.
The Utah Lt. Gov. Spencer Cox read a formal proclamation denouncing bulling, intimidation, and acknowledged the state’s high youth suicide rates while at a kickoff event for the LoveLoud festival while marking July 28, 2018 as “LoveLoud Day in Utah”. Cox read from the proclamation and said “you’re not different and we love you anyway. We love you, period. Full stop, end of story.”
Dan Reynolds, frontman of Imagine Dragons and the founder of the LoveLoud Foundation, became emotional as the proclamation was being read. Reynolds said, “I was always taught at church and my home, above all follow your heart. Above all, follow your heart.”
The event was held at what will become the Salt Lake City home of Encircle, which is a support center for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender youths. Encircle is located at 331 S. 600 East and will be the second location for the organization. They also have plans to open a location in St. George.
The festival gates open today at 2pm with the first acts hitting the stage around 3:30pm. Performers include: Imagine Dragons, Zedd, Tyler Glenn of Neon Trees, Mike Shinoda from Lincoln Park, Grace VanderWaal and more.
If you are struggling with suicide or suicidal thoughts, you have hope. Please call the Lifeline at 1-800-273-8255.
TODAY IS @LOVELOUDfest 🌈❤🌈
we celebrate our LGBTQ youth from around the world. if you can’t attend you can livestream it.
— Imagine Dragons (@Imaginedragons) July 28, 2018