Kesha was the guest of honor at the Human Rights Campaign Equality Dinner in Nashville, TN on Saturday. She was awarded with the HRC’s Visibility Award, which according to singer Wrabel is given to “high profile individuals who use their profile to advance and advocate for the LGBT movement. Recipients are selected because they are closely aligned with HRC’s mission to ensure equality for all Americans."
The “We R Who We R” singer accepted the reward and gave a moving speech. “Fame is strange and unnatural and I’m grateful for it mainly because it has put me in the position to do something positive for the world,” Kesha said.
Later in her speech, she gave thanks to all of her supporters during her ongoing legal battle with her alleged sexual abuser Dr. Luke, a personal matter that has gotten major attention over recent weeks. Recently, Lady Gaga made a statement during this year’s Oscars by showing her support of sexual assault victims through her performance of “Til It Happens to You.”
She also shared stories of her early childhood, specifically how her mother taught her to love everyone and everything. “She taught me not only that we are all equal, but we are no different than any other animal so we should love all living things,” she said.
She broke down the progress of LGBT’s rights in the America and what’s still left to do in order for everyone to be equal. She leaves the audience with some final words: “My message to you today is don’t be afraid to speak up against any injustice you experience. Don’t let people scare and shame you in changing the things about yourself that make you unique.”
You can watch the whole thing above. Kesha’s speech starts at the 8:45 mark.