Singer Kesha on Saturday was honored
for her gay rights advocacy.
The Human Rights Campaign (HRC), the
nation's largest LGBT rights advocate, presented Kesha with its
Kesha fought back tears as she thanked
her fans for their support.
“As many of you know, I am going
through some personal things that have been really intense and hard
lately,” she said. “I just want to say thank you for the support
I have received.”
The honor comes just weeks after a
judge denied her request to let her out of a contract with producer
Dr. Luke, whom she alleges sexually and psychologically abused her.
Dr. Luke has denied the claims.
“We are all equal. That is the
principle this country was founded on. And yet we're still not
living up to that. Even today, we have presidential candidates who
oppose marriage equality,” Kesha said.
“Here in Tennessee, right now, there
are 25 anti-LGBT bills active this session that would roll back LGBT
rights and hurt equality. Specifically, one bill that would prevent
transgender students from accessing appropriate sex-segregated
facilities consistent with their gender identity. I know people have
been talking about that all night, but that's fucked,” she said to
loud applause. “I'm not okay with it.”
“You have my love and my support
until the day I die,” she added.