Katy Perry Says She Used to ‘Pray The Gay Away’ at ‘Jesus Camp’

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Accepting the Human Rights Campaign National Equality Award on Saturday night, Katy Perry told a crowd, “I kissed a girl and I liked it. Truth be told, A. I did more than that, but B. How was I gonna reconcile that with a gospel-singing girl raised in youth groups that were pro-conversion camps?”

Perry continued, saying “What I did know is that I was curious, and even then I knew sexuality wasn’t as black and white as this 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 that a lot of the world seemed curious enough to sing along to.”

She then said, “Let’s take a trip down memory lane,” and she talked about her religious upbringing where the word homosexuality went along with words like “abomination and hell.” She said that she spent a lot of her upbringing “Trying to pray the gay away at [her] Jesus Camps.”

Then, she “found [her] gift,” and that gift led her to the LGBTQ community, and she says she’s met people who have “Filled [her] heart with joy and they freakin’ danced all the while doing it.”

Watch the entire speech above.

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