Last night (Oct. 17), Justin Tranter marched their bedazzled black heels to the stage of The Sayer’s Club in Hollywood, Calif. for Beyond, a Spirit Day concert benefiting GLAAD. The showcase raised over $400,000 for the LGBTQ media advocacy group and was attended by the likes of Nick Jonas, Darren Criss, Shea Diamond, A Star Is Born breakout Willam and 13 Reasons Why’s Katherine Langford.
Throughout the night, Tranter performed tracks they had a hand in co-writing, including Halsey’s “Bad At Love,” Justin Bieber’s “Sorry” and DNCE’s “Cake By The Ocean. The night’s biggest highlight arrived when Imagine Dragons lead singer Dan Reynold joined them on stage for an inspiring rendition of the rock band’s mega-hit “Believer.”
Ahead of the performance, Reynolds talked about the influence Tranter has had on him. “I was raised Mormon in Las Vegas, Nevada in a very conservative family. There are people in the world that are a stone in the water and their ripples continue outward. Justin has been a stone in this industry,” the rocker said. “Justin has no idea of the ripples that [they] have created by living [their] truth.”
He continued: “The reason this is important for me to share is because now I’m this raging liberal in a family of Mormons and conservatives. We feel so at odds right now in the world where there’s Republicans and Democrats and we’re arch-enemies. But what I want to say is that because of people like Justin and you, you can be that stone and listen and be patient with these people who were raised with conservative mindsets because our heart is open and we just have been confused. We just have been confused.”
Tranter returned the love, thanking Reynolds for being an incomparable ally to the LGBTQ community. “I always say, the base minimum of being an ally is to listen and support. This motherfucker listened perfectly and he supports like no other white, straight male that I have met in my life. He’s raised millions of millions of millions of dollars. He is the first person to get the Mormon church to say something positive about the LGBTQ community — which literally saves lives.”
Check out Tranter and Reynolds performing “Believer” at the Spirit Day concert below.