Pop superstar Katy Perry opened up about her religious upbringing during the Human Rights Campaign’s annual gala dinner in Los Angles Saturday night, explaining that she felt “curious” about her sexuality while attending Christian youth groups as a child.
Though her 2008 breakout song “I Kissed a Girl” includes the lines, “I kissed a girl and I liked it/I kissed a girl just to try it,” Perry admitted that she “did more than that” while accepting an award at the Human Rights Campaign Gala Dinner in Los Angeles Saturday night.
“Truth be told, I did more than that,” she said, according to the Hollywood Reporter. “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 I was curious, and even then I knew sexuality was not as black and white as this dress. But in 2008, when that song came out, I knew that I started a conversation, and a lot of the world seemed curious enough to sing along, too.”
“These people were nothing like I had been taught to fear,” she said. “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 goodness, what a revelation… and not the last chapter of the Bible.”
Katy Perry, — who was previously married to Russell Brand and recently split from Orlando Bloom — admitted she tried to “pray the gay away” as a teenager but meeting LGBT people when she got older helped change her perspective.
“I found my gift and my gift introduced me to people outside my bubble and my bubble started to ,” 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.
“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.”
The Human Rights Campaign ‘represents more than 1.5 million members and supporters nationwide. ‘As the largest national lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer civil rights organization, HRC envisions a world where LGBTQ people are ensured of their basic equal rights, and can be open, honest, and safe at home, at work, and in the community.’