We love you, Kesha.
Kesha, who’s been a staunch and powerful fighter for LGBT equality throughout her career, gave an emotional, tearful speech at Saturday night’s 2016 Nashville Equality Dinner where she received the Human Rights Campaign Visibility Award.
She was presented with the Visibility Award because she is someone who uses her platform to speak out against bullying of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender youth.
Kesha, whose ongoing sexual assault legal battle against Dr. Luke has garnered the support of many artists and celebrities from Lady Gaga to Adele to Taylor Swift, choked up during her speech in which she thanked fans for their support, especially in light of the latest developments in her case.
Last month, the 29-year-old singer lost her initial bid for an injunction to be freed from her contract with Dr. Luke, who has since denied her claims of sexual, emotional and physical abuse.
“Fame is strange and unnatural,” she commented, “and I’m grateful for it mainly because it has put me in the position where I can actually do something positive for the world. And that is really the best part of it.”
She continued to cheers from the crowd,
I love writing songs and I love making music, but this is the most rewarding part of the entire process for me.
And I just want to address, thank you, for 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.
Watch her full emotional speech in the video below in which she talks about her connection to the LGBT community, feeling like a “misfit,” and the importance of loving yourself just as you are:
She wrote on Instagram, “Thank you @humanrightscampaign for having me tonight and for my visibility award. Tonight was incredibly special to be awarded for something I care so deeply about. I will fight for equal human rights till the day I die. Love always wins!”