Years & Years singer Olly Alexander asked fans at the Glastonbury Festival to join him in solidarity with the gay and queer community in light of recent events, presumably the Orlando massacre, and tell fear to shove it.
“As you might be able to tell by the way that I’m dressed, I’m gay. And in fact, I’m really really super gay…What I keep thinking about is how in the last year a lot of pretty scary and messed up stuff has happened. Now, as a queer person, as queer people we know what it’s like to be scared. We know what it’s like to live with fear. As part of our every day. But, tonight at Glastonbury, I would like to ask you to join me on Pride weekend, and say ‘no thank you fear.’ To say, ‘bye fear, bye.’ To literally shove a rainbow in fear’s face. And all I have to say to finish is, I’m here, I’m queer, and yeah sometimes I am afraid but I am never ashamed because I am proud of who I am!”
Watch the inspiring speech:
— BBC Radio 1 (@BBCR1) June 26, 2016