Katy Perry's Emotional Speech at Human Rights Campaign Gala

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Katy Perry opened up about her religious childhood at the Human Right Campaign Gala in downtown Los Angeles while accepting the National Equality Award.

"When I was growing up, homosexuality was synonymous with the word abomination and hell," she said. "Most of my adolescence I prayed the gay away at my Jesus camps."
"I found my gift and my gift introduced me to people outside my bubble and my bubble started to burst," she said. "These people were nothing like I had been taught to fear. They were the most free, strong, kind and inclusive people I have ever met."

"I'm just a singer and songwriter, honestly," Perry said. "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."

“Truth be told, I did more than that!” she said while accepting her award. “But how was I going to reconcile that with the gospel-singing girl raised in youth groups that were pro conversion camps? 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 teared up when she dedicated her award to her longtime manager Bradford Cobb.

-Devashree Goenka