In the latest episode of Vevo’s “Why I Vote” series, Kesha explains how her passion for gender equality motivates her to vote. “In this election especially, I feel like you’re choosing between someone who is promising to build walls and someone who is hopeful,” the singer says. “If those are my two options, I definitely wanna go with hope.”
Showing clips from home videos, Kesha recalls her childhood in Nashville where she was repeatedly bullied by her classmates and peers for being “different.” She struggled with her sexuality, fearing that she may be gay, which would make her ability to fit in even more difficult. Kesha said her mother, Nashville songwriter Pebe Sebert, always told her: “every single person is equal.”
Kesha’s support of LGBT rights has been a lifelong passion. Her mother’s career in the music industry kept her surrounded by gay men while growing up. During a visit to the Los Angeles LGBT Center during the clip, she tells those present at the community center that she is part of the fight, which means protecting the recently passed marriage equality act and protecting transgender rights.
“Using your voice and your truth and standing up and talking about what you believe in and voting is your power,” she adds towards the end of the video. “You need to utilize that.”
Vevo’s “Why I Vote” campaign aims to empower young voters in time for this year’s presidential election. Previously, rapper T.I. spoke about how the war on drugs hurt his family growing up and rapper Vic Mensa reflected on his traumatizing experiences with police brutality.