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Kesha fights back tears as she accepts LGBT visibility award

By Will Stroude

Kesha delivered an emotional speech this weekend as she accepted an LGBT visibility award from Human Rights Campaign Nashville for her work with gay youth.

The 29-year-old, who has been in headlines recently after accusing her producer Dr. Luke of rape and abuse and being controversially denied the chance to leave her record contract with him by a New York judge, fought back tears as she thanked supporters and reminded them never to stop fighting against injustice.

“As many of you know 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,” she said. “My message 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.”

Kesha – who came out as bisexual back in 2013 and has officiated not one but two gay weddings – went on to speak about her passion for LGBT equality.

“I have a very deep connection to the LGBT community since I was a little girl growing up here in Nashville,” she told the audience. “Back then I was a very odd little kid with homemade clothes and an inability to fit in. As you can see not a lot has changed.”

“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, and that is really the best part of it,” she added. “I love writing songs and I love making music, but this is the most rewarding part of it.”

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