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Pop Star Kesha to Headline San Diego Pride Music Festival

The singer will perform at the San Diego Pride Music Festival in Balboa Park on July 16 and July 17

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    Pop singer Kesha will be the headliner at this summer’s San Diego Pride Music Festival, event organizers confirmed Thursday. 

    The music fest – right in the middle of three days of San Diego Pride celebrations – takes place July 16 and July 17 at Marston Point in Balboa Park, from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. and 11 a.m. to 8 p.m., respectively.

    Organizers say this year’s event includes 96 acts across a main stage, Latin stage, Hip Hop stage and 1980s and 1990s stage.

    The “We R Who We R” singer is known for her open support of the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender (LGBT) community and LGBT issues, including the fight for equality.

    “I am beyond excited to perform at San Diego Pride this year. We have come a long way with the equal rights movement, but we have so much more work to do,” Kesha said in a statement released by San Diego Pride Festival organizers.

    “In my home state of Tennessee they recently passed anti-LGBT legislation - it's another reminder that groups like Pride are so important, and I'm honored to be part of San Diego Prides event on July 16. I'll never stop fighting for people who just want to be able to express themselves freely for who they are,” she added.

    San Diego Pride executive director Stephen Whitburn said the festival is honored to have Kesha as not only a performer, but as an advocate at this year’s event.

    Tickets to the San Diego Pride Music Festival are available online and start at $15 for an early bird weekend pass. Kids 14 and under are free.

    This year’s event will also feature a free area called the “Rainbow Zone,” which will include booths from many non-profit organizations that help connect LGBT community members with vital resources, including HIV testing.

    Kesha has been making headlines lately for her battle with music producer Dr. Luke. Kesha claims the producer drugged and sexually abused her.

    Dr. Luke denies her accusations and has not been charged with any crime. Her abuse claims against the producer were dismissed by a New York City judge earlier this month. Kesha has been vocal about trying to free herself from a contract with Dr. Luke, but he has filed ongoing breach-of-contract claims against the singer.

    Kesha fans have called on Sony to sever ties with Dr. Luke, and Kesha has gotten an outpouring of support from fans and fellow celebrities.