Julianne Hough Dances for LGBT Acceptance in Mormon Capital
Raised Mormon, the dancer choreographed an energetic performance to "The Greatest" at LoveLoud, which sent a message supporting queer youth.
Julianne Hough was raised Mormon. But that did not stop the dancer from appearing last Saturday at the LoveLoud music festival supporting LGBT youth.
The festival -- launched by Imagine Dragons frontman Dan Reynolds in response to the anti-LGBT policies of the Mormon Church -- did not receive the endorsement of the church's religious leaders this year.
Nevertheless, Hough traveled to Salt Lake City and wowed the sold-out Rice-Eccles Stadium with a choreographed dance to Sia's "The Greatest." The song choice is significant, as its music video is a tribute to the 49 victims of the Pulse shooting in 2016. Moreover, the dancers conclude their performance with the waving of rainbow streamers -- a symbol of LGBT Pride.
This year, LoveLoud featured performers like Imagine Dragons, Zedd, Tyler Glenn, and Grace Vanderwall. It raised over $1 million for organizations like Encircle, The Trevor Project, and the Tegan and Sara Foundation.