Pop sensation Katy Perry knew from a young age that her own sexuality was more complex than just being defined as “straight.” Even though she grew up in a religious household, as both of her parents are pastors, Katy explored her sexuality throughout her teenage years.
In her emotional National Equity Award acceptance speech at the 2017 Human Rights Commission Gala, Perry talks about her religious upbringing and – referencing her hit song “I Kissed a Girl” – how she “did more than that.” The singer described how she “prayed the gay away” as an adolescent, before discovering what she describes as “the most free, strong, kind and inclusive people I have ever met.”
Perry, 32, goes into detail about her hit song, “I Kissed a Girl:”
“Truth be told, A) I did more than that and . . . B) how was I gonna reconcile that with the gospel-singing girl raised in youth groups that were pro-conversion camps? What I did know is that I was curious and even then I knew sexuality wasn’t as black and white as this dress,” she said, in reference to the gown she had on. She went on to add, “when that song came out I knew that I started a conversation that a lot of the world seemed curious enough [about] to sing along, too.”
Perry further recalls,
“Most of my unconscious adolescence I prayed the gay away at my Jesus camps. But then in the middle of it all, in a twist of events, I found my gift. And my gift introduced me to people outside my bubble, and my bubble started to burst.”
She further expresses that the LGBT community was “nothing like I had been taught to fear. They were the most free, strong, kind and inclusive people I have ever met. They stimulated my mind, and they filled my heart with joy and they freaking danced all the while doing it. . . . Many of the people I admire and trust and work with belong to the LGBT community. And without them I’d be half of the person I am today.”
Having started her career as a gospel singer before transitioning into the world of mainstream pop music in 2008, Perry began to change her mind about the gay community when she became a pop star. She reveals that the upbeat pro-gay anthem was very personal to her.
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