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Watch Olly Alexander’s defiant speech on LGBT pride

‘I’m here, I’m queer and, yes, sometimes I’m afraid – but I am never ashamed because I am proud of who I am’

Olly Alexander has spoken out about the growing fear in the LGBTQ community following this month’s tragic terror attack in Orlando.

The Years and Years’ frontman made a defiant speech while performing at Glastonbury yesterday (June 26). The set, which coincided with the UK’s Pride celebrations, saw the openly gay singer shared his thoughts on the “scary and messed-up stuff” that had been happening in the world over the last year.

“As you may know from how I'm dressed, I'm gay,” he told the gathered crowd at the Other Stage. “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; it's part of our every day.”

Alexander, who was wearing a multicoloured t-shirt and feathered jacket, told the applauding audience that it was time to “literally shove a rainbow” in fear’s face.

“Now, tonight, Glastonbury, I would like you to ask you to join me on Pride weekend, and say 'no thank you fear'. Just say 'bye, fear bye',” he added. “What I have to say is ‘I'm here, I'm queer and yes sometimes I'm afraid, but I am never ashamed because I am proud of who I am.’”

Watch the full speech below: