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article imageGay people vote Aguilera ‘most inspirational pop act’

By Andrew John     Apr 7, 2011 in Entertainment
A social media poll in the UK has voted Christina Aguilera as the most inspirational act for gay people, with her song "Beautiful" being voted the most empowering pop song of the last decade.
The informal poll was carried out by the gay-rights lobby group Stonewall, and Gay UK News says Aguilera beat Lady Gaga, Boyzone and Katy Perry, among others, to the top spot.
There were 1,007 responses to the online poll, and Aguilera’s “Beautiful” scored 33 percent of the vote, followed by Boyzone’s “Better” (25 percent), Lady Gaga’s “Born This Way” (17 percent), Gossip’s “Standing in the Way of Control” (16 percent) and Katy Perry’s “Firework” (9 percent).
Gay UK News quotes the veteran broadcaster Paul Gambaccini as saying: “Recently many of the United States’ leading female vocalists have recorded anthems of self-empowerment as a response to bullying, homophobia and misogyny in schools and society. Several of these have become major hits.
“The one that has registered most with Stonewall’s online supporters has been the out lesbian Linda Perry’s song ‘Beautiful’, popularised by Christina Aguilera. This recording lives up to its title. As a song and as a performance, it is a major achievement that has inspired millions of young people around the world.”
And Aguilera herself says: “I’m delighted to have been voted the most inspirational pop act by Stonewall’s supporters – my gay fan base is so important to me and this continues my special relationship with them.”
The video for “Beautiful” featured people who could well find themselves ostracised in society, including a gay couple.
Stonewall runs a campaign called It Gets Better . . . Today, which Aguilera supports. It aims to reassure young people that their lives can be good and they don’t have to tolerate bullying.
The campaign’s website says that two-thirds of lesbian, gay and bisexual young people have experienced homophobic bullying in the UK. “However, where schools have said homophobic bullying is wrong gay pupils are sixty percent less likely to have been bullied.”
And the site quotes Katy Perry as saying, referring to the title of her song “Firework”: “Everyone has the spark to be a firework – whether they’re lesbian, gay, bisexual or straight. That’s why I dedicate my new song ‘Firework’ to anyone experiencing homophobic bullying across the world.
“Just like the spirit of Stonewall spread from America to Britain, I’m making my empowering message global. Stonewall is doing an amazing job tackling homophobic bullying in Britain – please show them your support so it can get better – today.”
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