Katy Perry Comments on Her Sexuality at Human Rights Campaign Gala Dinner
ABC News reports that pop-star and singer Katy Perry, and she commented on her sexuality at a recent Human Rights Campaign gala dinner in Los Angeles, California on Saturday (March 18). Perry commented on her sexual fluidity and accepted the National Equality Award. Below are some excerpts from her speech.
Perry on doing a lot more than just kissing a girl: “I’m just a singer-songwriter honestly. I speak my truths and I paint my fantasies into these bite-sized pop songs. For instance, ‘I kissed a girl and I liked it.’ Truth be told … I did more than that!”
Perry on sexuality not being black and white: “What I did know was that I was curious, and even then I knew that sexuality was not as black and white as this dress. But in 2008, when that song came out, I knew that it started a conversation, that a lot of the world seemed curious enough to sing along to it.”
Perry on her religious upbringing: “When I was growing up, homosexuality was synonymous with the word ‘abomination’ and ‘hell.’ … [I] prayed the gay away at my Jesus camps.”
Perry on meeting people who were not what she had been taught to fear: “These people were nothing like I had been taught to fear. They were the most free, strong, kind, and inclusive people that I have ever met. I stand here as real evidence for all, that no matter where you came from, it is about where you are going — that real change, real evolution, and that real perception shift can happen, if we open our minds and soften our hearts.”