Ke$ha brings her glittery shine to #SpiritDay

Music icon Ke$ha will stand in support of LGBT students and against bullying as a 2013 Spirit Day ambassador.

The singer/songwriter is known for many things: her abundant use of glitter, her rap tendencies, and her commitment to promoting diversity. Ke$ha has a legacy of challenging the mainstream and of spreading a message of self-acceptance, with songs like "We R Who We R" and "Animal," which opens with the lines, "I am in love with what we are/not what we should be."

This year, the free-spirited performer added reality star to her repertoire. Ke$ha: My Crazy Beautiful Life premiered on MTV and allowed fans an inside-look as she traveled the world on her first headlining tour. In an episode, a young fan tells Ke$ha how her music quite literally saved the boy's life because it gave him hope in the face of extreme bullying. Ke$ha also opens up in the series about her own struggles with bullies in high school and in the media.

"Don't listen to the haters," she said in an interview with USA Today about the show. "Love yourself, love your life, we are who we are."

Ke$ha's messages of positivity and love, as well as her empathy for bullied youth, and her love for people, have prepared her well to be an ambassador for the fourth annual Spirit Day. Spirit Day, which will be on October 17 this year, is a united stand against bullying and show of support for LGBT teens and young adults everywhere. Participants can get into the spirit by

  • Taking the Spirit Day Pledge
  • Wearing purple on the 17th
  • Spreading the word through social media, using #SpiritDay, and turning their profile pictures and websites purple
  • Downloading the Spirit Day App
  • Educating your friends and family about bullying and the LGBT community
  • Getting your school, GSA, organization, etc. to become a Spirit Day partner

Ke$ha joins fellow MTV stars like Nicole "Snooki" Polizzi, Jenni "JWOWW" Farley, Nev Schulman, and Max Joseph in working towards creating a climate of acceptance for all students. Check out the ever-growing list of ambassadors and celebrity participants.

There's still time to become a Spirit Day participant and partner! Sign up today and spread the word.

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