• Years & Years frontman Olly Alexander gave an inspiring speech about pride and fear at Glastonbury over the weekend. (Getty Images, Ian Gavan)Source: Getty Images, Ian Gavan
The singer invited the crowd to say "no thank you" to fear in an inspiring speech at the Glastonbury music festival over the weekend.
Stephanie Marie Anderson

27 Jun 2016 - 3:16 PM  UPDATED 29 Jun 2016 - 10:49 AM

UK band Years & Years performed at Glastonbury Festival over the weekend, and during the set, frontman Olly Alexander took a moment to address the crowd, talking fear and pride on London's Pride weekend.

Wearing a rainbow singlet, he began his speech saying: "As you might be able to tell from the way that I'm dressed, I'm gay. In fact, really, really, super gay."

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He continued: "What I keep thinking about is that in the last year, a lot of pretty scary and messed up stuff has happened.

"As a queer person, as queer people, we know what it's like to be scared, and we know what it's like to live with fear as part of our everyday [lives], but tonight, Glastonbury, I would like you to join me, on Pride weekend, to say 'no thank you, fear'. To say 'bye, fear, bye'. To literally shove a rainbow in fear's face. Okay?"

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The polite request was met with screams of approval as the crowd waved rainbow flags and cheered Olly on.

"All I have to say to finish," he concluded, "is I'm here, I'm queer, and yeah, sometimes I'm afraid, but I am never ashamed because I am proud of who I am!"

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