“I kissed a girl and I likeddddd it! The taste of her cherry chapstick.”
LALALALA, how often have we all sang that song? The 2008 hit was everywhere and essentially put Katy Perry on the map. However, it turns out she did more than just kiss.
Katy Perry accepted the National Equality Award on Saturday night at the 2017 Human Rights Commission Los Angeles Gala, and gave what’s probably one of the best speeches I’ve ever heard. declared.
According to People, Perry said,
“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 that sexuality was not as black and white as this dress. But in 2008, when that song came out, I knew that it started a conversation that a lot of the world seemed curious enough to sing along to it.”
Perry, who grew up super religious said she “prayed the gay away at Jesus camps.”
Eventually however, she opened up her eyes:
“These people were nothing like I had been taught to fear. They were the most free, strong, kind, and inclusive people that I have ever met,” she said. “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.”
Perry ended by saying:
“No longer can I sit in silence. I have to stand up what I feel is true and that is equality and justice for all, period.”
Check out the speech below:
— Chris Gardner (@chrissgardner) March 19, 2017