Katy Perry was honoured at Saturday's Human Rights Campaign gala with the organisation’s National Equality Award. While accepting her award, she used the platform to talk about her religious background and and the need for LGBTQ equality.
“It's time to lead with empathy and grace and compassion now more than ever to find the unity we need now,” Perry said. "I'll never cease to be a champion, an ally, a spotlight, and a loving voice for all LGBTQ-identifying people."
Perry, whose father was a minister, also touched on transitioning from "the gospel singing girl raised in youth groups that (was) pro-conversion camps" where her first words were "mama and dada, God and Satan" to singing her first hit, "I Kissed a Girl."
"Most of my unconscious adolescence, I prayed the gay away at my Jesus camps,” she remembers. “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."
See the full speech below.