If anyone understands the importance of being “who you R,” it’s Kesha. The singer has publicly supported LGBTQ rights for years, and it’s the driving force behind why she makes her voice heard by voting.
In the latest installment of Vevo’s short film series “Why I Vote,” Kesha highlights her connection to the LGBTQ community, explaining that she votes to protect their rights.
“For me, equality is everything,” she says. “In this election especially, I feel like you’re choosing between someone who is promising to build walls and someone who is hopeful. And if those are my two options, I definitely want to go with hope.”
The video features footage from Kesha’s childhood, her concerts, and her visits to the Los Angeles LGBT Center. She recalls personally marrying two of her same-sex friends, and calls on voters to protect the “groundbreaking” and “progressive” laws that ensure equal rights.
“Living your truth, whatever that is, and being yourself in your skin, in your body, in your sexuality, in your life, and feeling safe — that’s freedom,” Kesha says. “Using your voice, and your truth, and standing up, and talking about what you believe in, and voting — that is your power. You need to utilize that.”
Vevo’s “Why I Vote” series, which debuted in September, features celebrities sharing stories about why they’re going to the polls on November 8 to vote in the U.S. presidential election. In the inaugural episode, Vic Mensa spoke about police brutality in his hometown of Chicago, and in the second one, T.I. discussed mass incarceration. You can see both of those videos here.