Katy Perry "Prayed the Gay Away"


Katy Perry’s hit song, “I Kissed A Girl,” was inspired by her own sexual experiences as a young woman. 

Katy attended the Human Rights Campaign Los Angeles Gala on Saturday night, where she got the National Equality Award. During her acceptance speech, she talked about the song she recorded at 23 years old and said, "Truth be told, I did more than that! But how was I going to reconcile that with the gospel-singing girl raised in youth groups that were pro-conversion camps?"

She said, "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."

The 32-year-old singer said, "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."

Katy had a very strict religious upbringing thanks to her parents, who are both pastors. She described how she "prayed the gay away at Jesus camps."

But soon her 'bubble started to burst' and she discovered people who were different from her.

Katy said, "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. 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."

"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. No longer can I sit in silence," she says. 

"I have to stand up for what I feel is true and that is equality and justice for all, period."

Source: Daily Mail 

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