American powerhouse Kelly Clarkson covered a Tracy Chapman song this week and it was glorious.
Kelly Clarkson – the first American Idol winner – appeared on SiriusXM to cover queer music legend Tracy Chapman’s Give Me One Reason.
Clarkson has been a consistent advocate for gay rights since exploding into fame in 2002. In an interview with PrideSource earlier this month, Kelly discussed the time she realised she had gay fans, who are affectionately called ‘Kezbos’.
“One girl on tour came up and just introduced herself and was like, ‘I’m a Kezbo,’ and I was like, ‘What?!’ She was like, ‘A Kezbo – your lesbian fans.’ And I was like, ‘Wait – there’s enough of you to have a group? That’s amazing! Awesome! Go me!’ And she was like, ‘Yeah, we just love you. We’re gonna bring you to the other side.’ And I was like, ‘All right, well, keep trying!'”
Clarkson’s outspoken advocacy for the LGBT community relates heavily to Tracy Chapman’s own beliefs – though she has never come out publicly, Chapman often performs at LGBT and Aids benefits, and had a little-known relationship with feminist author Alice Walker in the 1990s.
Watch the video below:
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