Rock Stars Try to Change the Mormon Church in HBO's Believer Doc

Believer Documentary Opens Dialogue About Religion and LGBT People

Imagine Dragons lead singer Dan Reynolds was raised in a Mormon family and felt conflicted about the church's stance on same-sex relationships and LGBT people. He, along with Tyler Glenn, the former Mormon and openly gay singer of Neon Trees, decided to create the LoveLoud music and arts festival to address that conflict. The festival was a hit last year, attracting 17,000 people to Orem, Utah, to listen to LGBT-friendly musicians and spread the word that openly queer folks and the Mormon Church are not mutually exclusive.

Now, HBO's Believer documentary captures the creation of LoveLoud — which arrives in Salt Lake City in July, with artists like Zedd taking part — and the mission of Reynolds and Glenn. The film is a Live Nation production and premieres June 25; watch a clip below.


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