From its inception in 2017, Dan Reynolds’ LoveLoud festival has been billed as a daylong concert festival in support of LGBTQ people around the country. This year’s festival (which took place on Saturday) successfully raised $1 million for LGBTQ charities, along with bringing a number of queer speakers and performers to the event to advocate for LGBTQ issues.
But a number of the concert’s transgender attendees said they experienced harassment at the concert due to the bathrooms they chose to use. According to a report in LGBTQNation.com, at least one trans concertgoer was confronted about using bathrooms that corresponded to their gender identity.
Bobbee Trans Mooremon, a board member with Provo, Utah’s food and LGBTQ counseling program Queer Meals, told LGBTQNation that she was confronted by a man who told her that she was using the “wrong” bathroom. “When I was confronted, saying I was in the wrong bathroom, it kind of threw me off.”
Upon hearing of the lack of inclusion in bathrooms, Mooremon’s Queer Meals group decided to leave without accepting funds from the event, as did Provo Pride, an LGBTQ nonprofit activism group. But Mooremon also said that while the encounter was frightening, she didn’t place blame on LoveLoud or its organizers. “We are not angry at LoveLoud,” she said. “We are actually trying to work with them to make sure that next year’s is even better.”
LoveLoud released an official statement regarding the reported incidents on its Facebook page, saying they were “saddened” to hear about the conflict. “We have a zero-tolerance policy toward any behavior that makes anyone feel unsafe or unwelcome,” the post reads. “We are committed to learning from our mistakes and will continuously work to improve the lives of LGBTQ+ people in our community and beyond.”
The statement also asked that for any attendees who would like to share their own experiences at the event with organizers in order to make next year’s LoveLoud more safe and inclusive, feedback emails could be sent to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Read LoveLoud’s full statement below: