Katy Perry is one of pop music’s biggest stars now, but when she first broke onto the scene it was on the strength of her song “I Kissed a Girl.” During an acceptance speech for the Human Rights Campaign’s National Equality Award, she revealed that in reality she did a lot “more than that,” much to the consternation of her conservative Christian parents.
When I was growing up, homosexuality was synonymous with the word “abomination” and hell. A place of gnashing of teeth, continual burning of skin and probably Mike Pence’s ultimate guest list for a barbecue. No way, no way. I wanted the pearly gates and unlimited fro-yo toppings.
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 of my bubble. My bubble started to burst.
She said that her LGBT+ friends were nothing like what she had been “taught to fear,” and that they made her life more rich for having known them. She said that her friends were “a revelation” because they are “actually magic” since “they are living their truth.”
“Perry received her award from her own BFF of 11 years, actress Shannon Woodward, who said the singer ‘finds a way to act as an ally virtually every single time she performs or speaks publicly.”
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