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.
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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."
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?"
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!"
Years and Years will be touring Australia in October opening for Ellie Goulding.