This weekend, popstar Katy Perry received an award at the Human Rights Campaign Gala in Los Angeles for her tireless advocacy for the LGBT community.
While receiving her award, she admitted: “I’m just a singer-songwriter, honestly. 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.”
Katy Perry grew up in a very religious, strictly Christian family. She admitted that while growing up, her expanded view of the world was hard for her to reconcile with her upbringing. “Homosexuality was synonymous with the word abomination,” said Perry.
When she started her path to success, she began to meet people “outside her bubble.”
“These people were nothing like I had been taught to fear,” she said with surprise. “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.”
She added: “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.”
Katy Perry followed up her speech at the Gala with the following tweet:
“I will never cease to be a champion, an ally, a spotlight and a loving voice for all LGBTQ-identifying people,” she wrote.