GLAAD CEO Sarah Kate Ellis told Billboard that the song was written by Justin Tranter, co-writer of several hit songs for artists including Justin Bieber's "Sorry." "Hands" was co-produced by Grammy winner Mark Ronson, who produced "Uptown Funk."
"When you hear the song, it talks about hate being the driver here," Ellis told Billboard. "That's important because we have to be able to identify what's driving these cruel acts in order to stop them. Artists using their platforms to accelerate acceptance is very powerful."