This past weekend was the second year of LOVELOUD Music Festival created by Imagine Dragons frontman Dan Reynolds! The fest was created as a way to raise awareness of equality for ALL people of all sexualities. As promised the second year was even bigger, with a pretty big introduction of the band's set from Apple CEO Tim Cook himself!
Cook walked onto the stage to the music of Panic! At The Disco's and offered some really great words to the crowd before Imagine Dragons' BIG set!
“I stand before you tonight as an uncle, a sports nut, a CEO, a lover of the beautiful Utah outdoors, and a proud, gay American. I come to deliver a simple message that I want every LGBT person to here and to believe.
You are a gift to the world. A unique and special gift, just the way you are. Your life matters. … My heart breaks when I see kids struggling to conform to a society or a family that doesn’t accept them. Struggling to be what someone else thinks is normal. Find your truth, speak your truth, live your truth.
Let me tell you, ‘normal’ just might be the worst word ever created. We are not all supposed to be the same, feel the same, or think the same. And there is nothing wrong with you.
I know that life can be dark and heavy, and sometimes might seem unreasonable and unbearable, but just as night turns to day, know that darkness is always followed by light. You will feel more comfortable in our own skin, attitudes will change. Life will get better and you will thrive.”
Love that! Take a look at his full speech below: