Imagine Dragons Frontman Dan Reynolds's LGBTQ+ Youth HBO Documentary 'Believer' Gets First Trailer

Dan Reynolds, the frontman for Imagine Dragons, is a Mormon on a mission. In his HBO documentary Believer, named after one of the band's popular tracks, Reynolds tackles the touchy subject of what he calls spiritual abuse LGBTQ+ young people experience.

"I'm not doing this for any purpose other than my heart and the universe tells me to do this," he told Entertainment Weekly who got the exclusive trailer drop. "I can't say that there was one event or one day where I suddenly woke up and said, 'I wanna be a [LGBTQ] ally'. I think it was a lot of events over the course of my life that led me to be naturally very impassioned and feel like I could do something in a real way that could maybe help."

Imagine Dragons Frontman Dan Reynolds's LGBTQ+ Youth HBO Documentary 'Believer' Gets First Trailer

He continued, telling EW about how he was kicked out of Brigham Young University for having sex for his girlfriend, but said his experience was nothing compared to what some deal with.

Believer chronicles Reynolds' establishment of Love Loud, a pro-LGBTQ music festival in Utah that aims to raise money for charity organizations like the Trevor Project and the Tegan & Sara Foundation.

19 FEBRUARY 2018, Ziggo Dome, Amsterdam: Concert of Imagine Dragons
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"I think the most infuriating thing about this process [are] people who stand on the sidelines and say, 'This is so stupid. Religion is stupid. These kids should just leave religion,'" he continued. "That's such an uneducated approach to this because that's actually a very dangerous thing to say to a kid who's in a religious household, because you're potentially going to get them kicked out of their home and put them in a more dangerous position than they're already in."

Believer will premiere  on HBO on June 25th, 2018.

About Mary Anne Butler

Bleeding Cool News Editor Mary Anne Butler (Mab, for short) has been part of the fast-paced world of journalism since she was 15, getting her start in album reviews and live concert coverage for a nationally published (print) music magazine. She eventually transitioned to online media, writing for such sites as UGO/IGN, ComicsOnline, Geek Magazine, Ace of Geeks, Aggressive Comix (where she is still Editor-in-Chief), and most recently Bleeding Cool.

Over the past 10 years, she’s built a presence at conventions across the globe as a cosplayer (occasionally), photographer (constantly), panelist and moderator (mostly), and reporter (always). 

Interviews, reviews, observations, breaking news, and objective reporting are the name of the game for the founder of Harkonnen Knife Fight, a Dune-themed band with an international presence. 

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