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Katy Perry Says She Did More Than ‘Kiss A Girl’ In Powerful Speech At Human Rights Gala

Katy Perry is hitting the headlines after making a powerful speech at the Human Rights Campaign Gala where she was picking up the National Equality Award.

The singer spoke about her own experiences from her childhood and how she was afraid to explore her sexuality due to he upbringing, saying:

Most of my unconscious adolescence, I prayed the gay away at my Jesus camps. 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.

Perry then went on to talk about how her experiences had impacted upon her music, citing the 2008 track ‘I Kissed a Girl’. 

I speak my truths and I paint my fantasies into these little bite-sized pop songs, for instance: I kissed a girl and I liked it.

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?

What I did know was that I was curious and even then I knew sexuality wasn’t as black and white as this dress. Honestly, I haven’t always gotten it right, but in 2008 when that song came out, I knew that I started a conversation that a lot of the world seemed curious enough to sing along to.

Watch the full speech here.

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