Rapper Macklemore, real name Ben Haggerty, believes music has opened a discussion on gay rights.

Appearing on CNN, Macklemore discussed the inspiration behind his gay anthem Same Love with host Christiane Amanpour.

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Same Love came about actually from reading an article about a 13-year-old boy that had committed suicide after being ridiculed in school,” Macklemore said. “And his teachers didn't do anything. His classmates teased him. No one really stuck up for him. And [he] eventually ended his own life at 13 years old.”

On gay-positive lyrics, Macklemore said that “music has the power to change people. To change the way that we think. To change the topics of conversation that we're constantly having on a day-to-day basis.”

“And people like [out rapper] Frank Ocean and Barack Obama, there's been a certain level of courage that has come out in the last year that I haven't seen previously. And I think that really what it's done is facilitated an open discussion. And through those discussions, people have the power to change their viewpoints and lessen the fear that has been passed on from generation to generation around this issue.” (Watch the entire segment at CNN.)