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Imagine Dragons’ Dan Reynolds donates childhood home to LGBT charity

Dan Reynolds of Imagine Dragons holds a gay pride flag

Dan Reynolds of Imagine Dragons. (Scott Legato/Getty Images)

Dan Reynolds, professional tall man and Imagine Dragons singer, has donated his childhood home worth $1 million for it to become an LGBT+ youth centre.

As part of LGBT+ advocacy group Encircle’s ‘$8 Million, Eight Houses’ campaign, the 34-year-old reflected on the difficulties queer youth face.

Reynolds, an outspoken LGBT+ ally, and his wife Aja Volkman are to donate the Las Vegas, Nevada, property to be converted into one of Encircle’s new facilities, which will offer vulnerable queer youth a crucial lifeline.

Both Reynolds and Volkman will serve as honorary co-chairs of Encircle’s new campaign, according to NME.

Dan Reynolds: ‘I’ve watched throughout my life the difficult path that LGBT+ youth have’

“Encircle is about bringing young LGBTQ+ people and their families together, by including the community and strengthening the bonds that connect us,” Reynolds and Volkman said in a joint statement.

“Being a part of this organization means so much to both of us and we know the house Dan grew up in will be a loving and supportive home to every young LGBTQ+ person who crosses the threshold.”

Appearing on daytime talk show Good Morning America Thursday (25 February), Reynolds, alongside fellow donators Apple CEO Tim Cook and Utah Jazz basketball team owner Ryan Smith, discussed the campaign.

“I’ve watched throughout my life the difficult path that LGBT+ youth have, especially coming from homes of faith,” he said.

Dan Reynolds of Imagine Dragons. (Jerod Harris/Getty Images for LOVELOUD Festival)

“Now to know, with my mum and dad’s blessing, I was able to purchase the home for them and it’s going to be the first Encircle home in Las Vegas – that’s powerful for me.”

Encircle operate various safe houses in Utah in Salt Lake City, Provo and St George, and a fourth in Heber on the way. The campaign being part of an effort to expand to Arizona, Idaho and Nevada.

“Studies repeatedly have shown that LGBT+ youth across the country struggle with depression and suicidality far more than their heterosexual peers, and the pandemic has made that sense of isolation so many feel harder than ever before,” Encircle CEO Stephanie Larsen said in a statement to the press.

“We strive to give these kids a positive and loving environment that builds support within their communities where they can realize their full potential, and it works — we have not lost a single youth to suicide.”

Schitt’s Creek star Dan Levy opens up about struggle with severe anxiety

Schitt’s Creek star Dan Levy opens up about struggle with

Dan Levy attends the 2020 Vanity Fair Oscar Party. (Getty for Vanity Fair/ Rich Fury/VF20)

Schitt’s Creek star Dan Levy has opened up about his struggle with debilitating anxiety, and described how it stopped him from coming out.

In an interview with Bustle, Levy explained that when he was young, his anxiety was so severe that he completely avoided social situations like birthday parties or summer camp.

It even resulted in a physical eye condition, iritis, and doctors said there was a chance that it would eventually take away his vision.

His self-imposed isolation, he said, “came from a deep-rooted fear of knowing that I was gay and not being able to be free”.

Levy continued: “By the time I got to high school, when your brain is starting to catch up to your physical impulses, it led to a very confusing time.

“Because on the one hand, you are now being introduced to things like self-awareness and anxiety. At the same time, you’re becoming more and more savvy when it comes to hiding it.”

Remaining closeted at school, he said he constantly felt a sense of fear: “Fear of being ridiculed. Fear of being othered. Fear of exposing something that I think a lot of high school students at the time didn’t have the tools to process properly, to make it comfortable for me.”

He found some relief through theatre, getting involved in directing, writing and acting in school plays, but he was still being bullied.

“I was starting to develop a sense of confidence by way of being able to entertain people,” he said.

“It was like a decoy version of myself that I was putting out there to not have to live with the reality that when the bullying was happening — if someone was calling me a faggot or whatever it was — they were speaking the truth.”

But this “decoy version” of himself, although effective as a distraction from his anxiety, was doing its own damage.

“Your sense of self gets chipped away,” he said. “You lose sight of your own value.”

Dan Levy explored his coming out in lesbian Christmas film Happiest Season

After years of fear, Dan Levy came out to his family when he was 18, and they wholeheartedly accepted him for who he is.

He explored the moment as the character of John in this year’s lesbian Christmas rom com Happiest Season, starring Kristen Stewart and Mackenzie Davis.

In a speech that Stewart said felt “historic”, Levy says: “Everybody’s story is different. There’s your version and my version and everything in between.

“But the one thing that all of those stories have in common is that moment right before you say those words when your heart is racing and you don’t know what’s coming next. That moment’s really terrifying.

“And then once you say those words, you can’t unsay them. A chapter has ended and a new one’s begun, and you have to be ready for that.

“You can’t do it for anyone else.”