Voice for Equality: Nelly Furtado

Nelly Furtado is a Canadian singer-songwriter, record producer and actress of Portuguese descent. She has sold 20 million albums worldwide.  Furtado came into the public eye in 2000 with the release of her debut album Whoa, Nelly!, which featured her breakthrough Grammy Award-winning single "I'm Like a Bird". After becoming a mother and releasing the less commercially successful Folklore (2003), she returned to prominence in 2006 with the release of Loose and its hit singles "Promiscuous", "Maneater", "All Good Things (Come to an End)" and "Say It Right". In 2009, she released her first full-length Spanish album Mi Plan, which won a Latin Grammy Award in 2010.  Learn more here.

As reported on ontopmag.com in December of 2010, Ms. Furtado said she's proud to live in a country [Canada] that supports the freedom to marry.  The 32-year-old entertainer and mother said there is nothing wrong with gay couples marrying.

“'I'm proud to live in Canada, a country that supports gay marriage, because I can speak openly about it to my child,' Furtado says in an interview with Brandon Voss published in South Florida gay monthly She magazine. 'Children shouldn't be raised in a bubble. There's nothing wrong with it, so why wouldn't I treat it as normal?'

"The I'm Like a Bird singer also speaks out on the recent rash of gay teens bullied to death.

“'Nothing makes me more brokenhearted than seeing people who feel they can't be themselves. It's such a crime. God, it's so hard and horrible to be a teenager, and the virtual way young people communicate nowadays makes them feel even more disconnected. My advice [to troubled gay teens] is to reach out and find somebody you can relate to, because human interaction can heal those wounds.'”  [Link]

Freedom to Marry salutes Nelly Furtado as a Voice for Equality!

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