When Katy Perry went up on stage Saturday night and accepted the National Equality Award at the Human Rights Campaign Gala, she said, “I’m just a singer and a songwriter, honestly.” But being a singer and a songwriter, she found a way to start the more important conversation on acceptance and equality.
She continued her speech by talking about her music career and the songs she’s written before, “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,'” she said, referring to her 2008 pop hit that put her out there into the world of music.
Her 2008 single “I Kissed a Girl” became a hit
“Truth be told, I did more than that. However, 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 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.”
It’s important to know that when the song was released, Katy‘s career benefited a lot from the song, which obviously didn’t hit it off with everyone. Critics claimed that the song was just a way to appeal to the male gaze. Her debut album also had a song in it called “Ur So Gay,” which was rightfully called out for being homophobic. Since then, she’s come a very long way and has been an active part of the team, in what she called a more “purposeful pop.”
Katy added that “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 of my bubble. My bubble started to burst.
“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 freaking danced all the while doing it. These people are actually magic, and they are magic because they are living their truth.”
She also went on to talk about feminism and the Latinx and Muslim communities, reminding everyone that the world that needs to be done is very intersectional. And she also talked about Vice President Mike Pence and his record on the LGBTQ rights which is point of concern.
The “Chained to the Rhythm” star, whose campaign was fulled with Hillary Clinton throughout 2016 presidential race, said, “It’s time to lead with empathy and grace and compassion now more than ever to find the unity we need now. I’ll never cease to be a champion, an ally, a spotlight, and a loving voice for all LGBTQ-identifying people.”
It brought her to tears, and will hopefully inspire you to live your “best, most authentic” life, too.