Trans People Say They Experience Discrimination At LoveLoud Music Event

Bobbee Trans Mooremon (image via Facebook)

It seems that, although the LoveLoud LGBTQ benefit concert in Utah raised $1 million for LGBTQ youth charities, some transgender people found the experience not quite as welcoming as they’d been promised.

Bobbee Trans Mooremon, a board member at Queer Meals in Provo, spoke out about discriminatory treatment at the event including having difficulty finding gender-neutral bathrooms.

Via FOX13:

The confrontation was at Rice Eccles Stadium in an area reserved for charities and supporters affiliated with LoveLoud.

Bobbee says the man was not threatening but it still created an unsafe situation. “There’s always a fear no matter what bathroom I go in I’m going to get yelled at or beat up. Which one do I want?” said Bobbee.

After conferring with other members of Queer Meals, the organization decided to pack up and leave early. So did Provo Pride.”

LoveLoud issued this statement on Facebook:

“We were saddened to hear that a few of our LGBTQ+ community members faced discrimination at last night’s festival. We have a zero-tolerance policy toward any behavior that makes anyone feel unsafe or unwelcome.

“As an organization dedicated to creating safe and affirming events for our LGBTQ+ friends and families, our staff, volunteers, and charity partners were asked to participate in an LGBTQ+ cultural competency training.

“We are committed to learning from our mistakes and will continuously work to improve the lives of LGBTQ+ people in our community and beyond.

“If you would like to share your experience so that we know where we excelled and where we have room to grow, please send feedback to info@loveloudfest.com. We love you. We stand with you.”

AT&T’s LoveLoud Festival Raises $1 Million For LGBTQ Youth

Dan Reynolds of Imagine Dragons at LoveLoud Festival

 In an impassioned speech, Imagine Dragons frontman Dan Reynolds spoke directly to LGBTQ youth at the LoveLoud Festival Sunday night at the Rice Eccles Stadium in Salt Lake City, Utah.

Reynolds founded the festival, powered by AT&T, which supports LGBTQ youth-oriented charities.

I’ve previously written about Reynold’s work with the LoveLoud Festival here.

After the band’s first song, “Radioactive,” Reynolds addressed the LGBTQ youth in the audience:

“I wish, I wish, I wish you could understand. I wish you could see how much we care about you; how much we support you; how much we stand with you. I hope that tonight and today you know – you know – that your sexuality is pure, and it’s true and it’s clean. I hope that you know that you needed. I don’t want to hear any more stories of youth taking their lives in Utah. We must change our culture. We must change the way we see each other.”

Dan Reynolds of Imagine Dragons

And before launching into their final song, “Believer,” Reynolds reached out one more time to young people.

“We’ve got one last song for you. We love you. We love you. To our LGBTQ youth, stay with us every day. We need you, we love you, we accept you. Your love is valid, it’s pure, it’s true, it’s beautiful. We stand with you. LoveLoud will be here. We’re just going to stay here. I don’t know where we’re going from here but we just keep going. Thank you for raising over a million dollars tonight. Peace, love, equality. We’ll see you again soon.”

Reynolds, a straight Mormon, is the subject of the new documentary Believer which chronicles Reynolds journey as an LGBTQ ally trying to change the way the LDS church treats its LGBTQ members.

The funds raised by the event go directly to LGBTQ charities like the Trevor Project, the Tegan and Sara Foundation and Encircle.

The music festival also featured appearances from Neon Trees’ Tyler Glenn, Apple CEO Tim Cook, Grace VanderWaal, Zedd, Linkin Park’s Mike Shinoda, Cameron Esposito, Vagabon and A.W.

Watch the full Imagine Dragons set below. Reynold’s first speech comes at the 6:05 mark, and the last address comes at the 1:44:35. And you can watch the entire 8 hour music festival on YouTube.

Contest: Win VIP Trip To LOVELOUD Music Festival Via AT&T Thanks Program

Download the AT&T Thanks app and enter to win a full paid VIP trip to the LOVELOUD Music Festival in Salt Lake City, Utah
Imagine Dragons’ Dan Reynolds

Last month, I wrote about Imagine Dragons frontman Dan Reynolds’ annual music festival LOVELOUD which aims to raise money for LGBTQ charities and organizations like The Trevor Project and the Tegan and Sara Foundation.

This year the event takes place on July 28 featuring, in addition to Imagine Dragons, artists like Zedd, Grace Vanderwaal, Vagabon, and others  at Rice-Eccles Stadium in Salt Lake City.

“I think the LOVELOUD stage is the most important stage I will ever stand on,” the 30-year-old recently told Queerty. “The festival has helped facilitate vital conversation about what it means to truly love and accept our LGBTQ youth.”

AT&T has teamed up with Reynolds for the LOVELOUD festival as a sponsor.

A longtime LGBTQ ally, AT&T has generously donated $1 million this year to The Trevor Project, the nation’s leading organization providing crisis intervention and suicide prevention services to LGBTQ youth.

Suicide is the second leading cause of death for youth aged 10 – 24, and LGBTQ youth are almost five times as likely to have attempted suicide compared to their heterosexual peers.

In addition to the huge donation, the single largest in the 20-year history of The Trevor Project, AT&T will also donate more than $675,000 worth of AT&T products and services as well as technology & connectivity expertise.

For a chance to win a free VIP trip to the LOVELOUD festival including tickets, travel and accommodations, download the AT&T THANKS app and enter the sweepstakes on the app.

Plus, from July 11-16, 2018, AT&T THANKS will be running a Social LOVELOUD Giveaway Contest for 10 pairs of concert tickets to the show.

Customers are asked to share why they want to “Turn Up the Love” to enter for a chance to Win tickets to the LOVELOUD Festival.

Imagine Dragons’ Dan Reynolds Wants To Change How Mormon Church Sees LGBTQ Youth

LGBTQ ally Dan Reynolds, of Imagine Dragons, wants the Mormon Church to rethink how it views LGBTQ youth
Dan Reynolds of Imagine Dragons

How much do we love Grammy Award-winning Imagine Dragons frontman, Dan Reynolds?

Raised Mormon, Reynolds has spent years fighting for greater LGBTQ acceptance within the church.

Growing up, the native Utahn had a middle school friend who was Mormon and gay, and he watched how the struggles of trying to resolve the two worlds wore on his friend. Reynolds also says he’s lost high school friends to suicide.

Determined to affect change, he and former Mormon rocker Tyler Glenn teamed up last year to create the annual music festival LoveLoud held in Salt Lake City which aims to raise money for LGBTQ charities and organizations like The Trevor Project and the Tegan and Sara Foundation.

This year the event takes place on July 28.

“I think the LoveLoud stage is the most important stage I will ever stand on,” the 30-year-old recently told Queerty. “The festival has helped facilitate vital conversation about what it means to truly love and accept our LGBTQ youth.”

New documentary 'Believer' follows Dan Reynolds mission to perpetuate change within the Mormon Church and how it treats LGBTQ youth

The new documentary, Believer, follows Reynolds as he launched the music festival last year and also explores how the Mormon Church treats its LGBTQ members.

“I hope people understand the importance of fully accepting and loving our LGBTQ youth,” says Reynolds about the film. “I hope people are able to watch and feel the harsh realities that our LGBTQ youth are facing in faith-based communities. I hope it perpetuates change.”

Watch the trailer for Believer below and check out info for LoveLoud Music Festival here.