Katy Perry Admits She ‘Did More Than’ Kiss A Girl While Opening Up About Her Religious Upbringing

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This is the perfect example of using your platform for good.

Katy Perry was honored with the National Equality Award at the Human Rights Campaign dinner in El Lay on Saturday night — and the singer used the opportunity to open up about exploring her sexuality despite her strict religious upbringing.

The 32-year-old revealed:

“I’m just a singer and 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.”

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The Chained To The Rhythm singer went on:

“But how was I going to reconcile that with a 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 wasn’t as black and white as this [Rasario] dress. And honestly, I haven’t always gotten it right 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.”

While Miz Perry spent her childhood trying to “pray the gay away in my Jesus camps,” Orlando Bloom‘s ex said things started to turn around when music allowed her to leave her bubble:

“My first words were ├óΓé¼╦£mama’ and ├óΓé¼╦£dada’, ├óΓé¼╦£God’ and ├óΓé¼╦£Satan’ … When I was growing up homosexuality was synonymous with the word ├óΓé¼╦£abomination’ and ├óΓé¼╦£Hell’, a place of gnashing of teeth, continuous burning of skin and probably Mike Pence’s ultimate guest list for a BBQ. … So 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 my bubble, and my bubble started to burst. These people were nothing like I’d been taught to fear. They were the most free, strong, kind and inclusive people I had ever met. … Oh my goddess, what a revelation ├óΓé¼ΓÇ£ and not the last chapter of the Bible. Suffice to say, it’s been a long road for me and I’m sure a long road for many of you out there. I know it doesn’t always feel safe to live out who you are, but here’s the thing, though: I would not have chosen a different road. … You don’t get to choose your family, but you can choose your tribe.”

Later, the advocate added on Twitter:

What an inspiration!!! We need more strong voices like KP’s!

[Image via FayesVision/WENN.]

Mar 20, 2017 9:54am PDT

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