By Amanda Wicks

Vevo’s “Why I Vote” series has been spotlighting artists from T.I. to Vic Mensa and more, asking each one to explain why they vote in the hopes of encouraging greater turnout on November 8th. Today (Oct. 12), Kesha opened up about her reasons for turning up and turning out.

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“For me, equality is everything,” she said in the latest installment to the series. “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.”

Kesha detailed how she was bullied growing up, and how that led her to question so many things about herself because her peers made her feel as though she wasn’t worthy of love. She turned to her mom, who taught her everyone is worthy and everyone is equal. “So I’ve always just known, no matter what your skin color is, what race you are, what socioeconomic background you come from, whoever you love, we’re all equal,” she explained.

She ended her brief video with a powerful message. “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 said. “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.”


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