Dan Reynolds is getting personal for his new documentary “Believer,” which is debuting at the Sundance Film Festival.
The movie explores the treatment of LGBT individuals in the Mormon community, a subject that’s close to home for the Imagine Dragons frontman. Reynolds, he explained at the Variety Studio presented by AT&T, was expelled from Brigham Young University after he admitted to his bishop that he had sex with his girlfriend. Reynolds said he was “shamed” for the revelation, but the experience of his queer Mormon friends was even more painful.
“It was their innate sense of sexuality that was unchangeable that they were being told everyday was sinful,” he said. “So, long story short, the shaming has to stop. And the suicide rate in Utah reflects it. It’s tripled in the last four years — gone up 141%, I think, which nowhere in the nation is that happening.”