6 Moments Kelly Clarkson Showed Love to The LGBTQ Community
Kelly Clarkson’s new single may be called “Love So Soft,” but over the course of her career, she has loved so hard on her LGBTQ fans. In her Love Letter to the LGBTQ Community, Kelly wrote, “It should be a no-brainer to lift, and support everyone, in every community, and encourage people rather than fear or judge what is different...” As we look forward to her upcoming album Meaning of Life (in stores Oct. 27), we’re reflecting on the meaning she’s brought to the lives of her gay fans and all of the moments (like this – see what I did there?) she role-modeled acceptance and what it means to be an ally.
1. That moment when she encouraged a contestant on The Voice singing “Piece By Piece.”
Contestant Stephanie Rice gave a stirring rendition of “Piece By Piece" after telling her story of how her religious parents disowned her for coming out at age 18 – unfortunately a story many LGBTQ youth experience. Kelly took to Twitter to send Stephanie words of encouragement.
Can't. Stop. Crying. -- Her vulnerability and her story ....just wow. Steph, I hope ur parents open their hearts 2 the beautiful person u r! https://t.co/p6FKPBnvKU— Kelly Clarkson (@kelly_clarkson) February 28, 2017
2. That moment when she told us she doesn’t care about her child’s sexual orientation.
“Oh, I don’t care,” is what Kelly said when Pride Source asked Kelly how she would feel if her daughter River came out to her. “I just hope she finds love. As long as she's happy, I don't care either way, and neither does my husband. And we have two other kids as well, and we don't care either way for all of them."
3. That moment when she included a gay couple in her video and showed support for same-sex marriage.
Kelly had previously endorsed same-sex marriage, but like a good ally, she knows representation and visibility matters – and it mattered that she included images of same-sex couples at their weddings in her music video for her country single “Tie It Up.”
4. The moment she embraced her “Kezbos.”
Did you know Kelly’s lesbian fans called themselves “kezbos?” Neither did she. A woman told Kelly about the fan base backstage while meeting Clarkson on tour. Kelly’s response: ““Wait – there’s enough of you to have a group? That’s amazing! Go me!”
5. The moment she perfectly handled a fat-shaming Internet troll.
When the Grammy winner posted a kind message thanking men and women in uniform for their service on the 4th of a July, a Twitter user was unkind and called her fat. Kelly retweeted the shallow criticism with a simple response: “…and still fucking awesome.”
....and still fucking awesome -- https://t.co/LvFgIITaTX— Kelly Clarkson (@kelly_clarkson) July 5, 2017
Being strong and fierce in the face of bullies is another reason why LGBTQ communities adore Kelly. She has a track record for having no tolerance for the haters and doesn’t let words bring her down. Her fans draw strength from her words – rather they be tweets or lyrics in her tunes.
6. The moment she helped a gay fan propose to his boyfriend – sort of.
When Alex Malerba took his boyfriend Justin Blake to see Kelly perform in Las Vegas, Alex arranged for them to meet Kelly backstage. During the meeting, Alex quickly got down on one knee and popped the question to Justin who said “yes” in front of a beaming Kelly standing there like a proud mother. Although Kelly didn’t organize the moment, the fact that the couple wanted to create a moment like this in front of their idol is a testament to the impact Kelly has had on the gay community.
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