After the recent wave of news coverage related to LGBT bullying and LGBT suicides, celebrities and politicians from Hillary Clinton to President Obama to Adam Lambert made videos for the “It Gets Better” project. Some of these videos come from known advocates of the LGBT community, while others come from less expected supporters.
One recent supporter of the project may be expected by many, but surprising to others. Katy Perry has thrown her support to the initiative by devoting her most recent music video to the project. This is certainly not the first time that one of Perry’s music videos has addressed LGBT issues — but is it the first time that it’s done so in a respectful way?
I, for one, am not a huge fan of Katy Perry, finding her songs “I Kissed a Girl” and “Ur So Gay” to be offensive and homophobic. Both songs have received significant criticism from some activists, too.
Given the issues with these lyrics (although, I admit, her songs are quite catchy), it may seem unlikely that Perry could redeem herself. But it looks as if she’s doing just that.
Perry’s song, “Firework,” is focused on personal acceptance. The video urges people to be themselves. Unlike her previous LGBT-specific songs, this one sends an important message to LGBT people and is touching and thoughtful. Check out Perry’s video below.
While most of us don’t have the musical talent or platform to reach out and help LGBT youth with a music video, it’s important that everyone work together to combat anti-gay bullying and LGBT youth suicides. Help support the “It Gets Better” project by signing the pledge to spread the message of hope and acceptance.
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