When Kelly Clarkson won the first season of American Idol in 2002, the world fell in love with her. And how could they not? Between her powerful voice and her warm, relatable vibe, it kind of felt like everyone's best friend had won, so it's no surprise that 15 years later, she's still making hit after hit as she continues to wow the world. Musical talent aside, it has to be noted that Clarkson's heart seems to be just as big as her voice. She's recently teamed up with the It Gets Better Project, a nonprofit founded by activist and journalist Dan Savage and his husband Terry Miller in response to the suicides of teenagers who were bullied because they were gay, and has released a new video that supports LGTBQ youth.
Clarkson wants LGBTQ youth to know that she supports them.
“Hey this is Kelly and I’m making this video to tell LGBTQ youth that I support them and believe in them,” she said.
In a world where it’s so easy for the LGBTQ community to feel isolated and marginalized, it’s refreshing and encouraging for a celebrity to use their voice and art to speak up.
It's not just about creating a safe space for the present, but also for the future and what that means for the generations growing up right now.
“I want my kids to grow up in a world where everyone is accepted for who they are and that includes those who are LGBTQ,” Clarkson explained.
It’s easy to feel disheartened and cynical about the future, but there’s always hope.
If you're feeling down or lost or sad, it's always important to remember that it won't last forever.
“While my story might be different that yours, I know what it’s like to feel alone,” Clarkson said.
“But trust me, there is so much potential for you to achieve your dreams and find people like you. It does get better!”
Clarkson is partnering with It Gets Better Project, whose mission is "to communicate to lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender youth around the world that it gets better, and to create and inspire the changes needed to make it better for them."
It Gets Better Project began in 2010 when author Dan Savage created a YouTube video with his partner Terry Miller.
The video’s purpose was to inspire hope for young people who face harassment, and was in response to the amount of lives that were taken because they faced bullying in school.
Since its launch, It Gets Better Project has inspired more than 50,000 user-created videos to inspire and tell LGBTQ youth that it will get better.
“That’s why I’m working with the It Gets Better Project on a fan art contest to celebrate my new album Meaning of Life,” Clarkson said.
So how does one enter the contest?