Earlier this month, it was announced that Katy Perry was going to be honored for her LGBTQ advocacy from the Human Rights Campaign, the United States' largest LGBTQ civil rights organization, and it all went down in Los Angeles on Saturday (March 18).
During her 10-minute speech for the National Equality Award, the pop titan covered a ton of ground, including her Christian upbringing, debut single, "I Kissed A Girl" and how she was able to burst out of her bubble and learn to embrace inclusion for the LGBTQ community.
"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," the 32-year-old told the crowd.
"My first words were mama and dada, God and Satan. Right and wrong were taught to me on felt boards and of course through the glamorous Jan Crouch crying diamond teardrops every night on that Vaseline-TBN television screen. 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."
Perry admitted that her gift for music is what helped open her mind to other kinds of people and stimulated her heart in ways that she had never experienced before. "Most of my unconscious adolescence, I prayed the gay away at my Jesus camps," she revealed. "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. 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. They stimulated my mind and they filled my heart with joy and they freaking danced all the while doing it. These people are actually magic, and they are magic because they are living their truth. Oh my goddess, what a revelation – and not the last chapter of the Bible."
At the end of the speech, Perry dedicated the award to her longtime manager, Bradford Elton Cobb III, whom she described as "one of the greatest champions of my life."
I will never cease to be a champion, an ally, a spotlight and a loving voice for all LGBTQ-identifying people. ❤🌈💪🏻(part 1) https://t.co/Swaz38wUwr— KATY PERRY (@katyperry) March 19, 2017
Photo: YouTube/Human Rights Campaign