Stephanie Rice is a breakout star on the 2017 season of NBC’s The Voice. She sang a beautiful, painful, version of Kelly Clarkson’s hit “Piece by Piece” for her blind audition and blew the judges and the audience away with her amazing raw talent. Along with that, though, comes a very painful story.
Stephanie Rice is gay, and her father is a pastor in a small town in Texas. When she was eighteen years old, he gave her a choice: Either get dropped off at her small community college and be left alone forever, or go to conversion therapy. Her father even threatened her with violence. Rice chose to live in her truth, and somehow managed to make it on her own after being disowned at such a young age.
Rice’s story is quite fitting at the moment, because it is International Women’s Day. While it is important to celebrate and empower ALL women on this day, it is also important to tell the unique stories of LGBTQ women as well. Often, we get brushed under the rug in mainstream narratives, and these uniquely painful and often damaging narratives are forgotten.
Thank you, Stephanie Rice, for your bravery. I’ll definitely be watching The Voice this year – just so I can hear you sing.
Watch the video of her emotional audition below:
And here is the interview with this amazing young woman from Access Hollywood Live:
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