Katy Perry took to the stage on Saturday to accept the National Equality Award at the Human Rights Campaign Gala in Los Angeles. During her acceptance speech the singer discussed what it was like growing up in a strict Christian family and what eventually led her to becoming an advocate for LGBTQ rights.
Referencing her hit song “I Kissed a Girl” Perry told the crowd, “I speak my truths and I paint my fantasies into these little bite-size pop songs. For instance, I kissed a girl and I liked it. Truth be told, I did more than that.” She then went on to ask, “How was I going to reconcile that with a 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.”
While growing up, Perry said, “Homosexuality was synonymous with the word abomination,” and it was only when she discovered her talent for singing and began to meet “people outside my bubble” that her eyes were opened to other people’s experiences. “These people were nothing like I had been taught to fear,” she said. “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 danced with joy while doing it. These people are actually magic, and they are magic because they are living their truth.”
Perry concluded, “No longer can I sit in silence. I have to stand for what I know is true and that is equality and justice for all, period.” Following the ceremony she tweeted about how thrilled she was at being honored with the award.
Below, watch a video clip of her speech.
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