Years & Years lead singer Olly Alexander has posted part of an acceptance speech on Instagram he originally penned for the Brits.
The band were nominated for three awards including British Breakthrough Act, but were beaten by the likes of Adele, Coldplay and Catfish and the Bottlemen.
After leaving the music awards empty handed, the 25-year-old says he didn’t want to miss the chance to raise awareness and encourage a dialogue.
“We didn’t win anything and that’s cool, but I thought I would put this here anyway and celebrate the end of LGBT+ history month”.
Part of the speech reads: “This month is LGBT+ history month, many of us -myself included , we owe a huge amount to the people that have gone before us, we owe many of our freedoms to the people who fought for our rights, who struggled through so much in the ongoing fight for equality.
“Those people, along with my friends and family in the wider community today, they are my heroes, they inspire me every day, they make me proud to be part of a community that celebrates diversity and fights for equality for all. They make me proud to be gay.”
He also announced that he is donating the rainbow necklace, worn to the Brits, to LGBT charity Stonewall for them to “do something nice with”.
Alexander’s ‘speech’ follows his recent comments when Years & Years opened up about their experiences with tackling mental health, during a visit to the Raw Material Music centre for youth in Brixton.