Since a judge ruled that she could not break her contract with her producer and alleged rapist, Dr. Luke, Kesha has been the subject of many a headline and think piece about sexual assault. But if having a deeply personal ordeal play out so publicly is difficult, it must take even more courage to speak out about it.
On Saturday, Kesha received Human Rights Campaign's Visibility award for her LGBT advocacy. In her speech, the singer drew from her own painful experience to deliver an empowering message about standing up to injustice.
"Fame is strange and unnatural, and I'm grateful for it mainly because it has put me in a position where I can actually do something positive for the world," Kesha began, before expressing her appreciation for the support she's had during the messy ongoing lawsuit. "I am going through some personal things that have been really intense and hard lately, and I just want to say thank you for any support I have received."
Kesha noted her close connection with the LGBT community began when she was younger, as "a very odd little kid with homemade clothes and an inability to fit in." As a "misfit" at that age, Kesha said she gravitated towards other social outsiders, many of them from the LGBT community.
"Back then we didn't know what LGBT meant. We just knew we got bullied for being ourselves, shamed for being 'different', and encouraged to hide the things that made us unique," she said. "My message for you today is don't be afraid to speak up against any injustice you experience. Don't let people scare or shame you into changing the things about you that make you unique."
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