Mar 272017

Katy Perry


In March 2017, Katy Perry accepted Human Rights Campaign‘s National Equality Award with a great speech that outlined her right-win Pentecostal upbringing in the state California.  This is a fact that so many in the audience can relate to – how right wing Christians see so much ‘sin’ in everyone!

The HRC – Human Rights Campaign

This is one of the world’s largest lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer civil rights organizations.  Their goal is to continue to fight for equal basic rights for LGBTQ people.   At this gathering the HRC  praised Kathy for her positive influence in the lives of young LGBTQ and straight kids.

Growing Up Pentecostal

Kathy who is 32 years of age revealed that she was sent to Pentecostal youth groups that covered the topic of sex and sexual orientation.  It was difficult for her to look at Jesus and the Gospels and how Pentecostal counsellors tried to “pray sin away” in these areas.  Kathy admitted to the audience that she knew that sexuality wasn’t ‘black and white.”  Then, in 2008 she recorded, “I Kissed a Girl” (and I liked it).  She admitted that this song started a conversation around the world.  She admitted that many people would be surprised that she “prayed the gay away.” (I presume they were praying for the sins of others who were gay).

Using her Gift as a Singer

Kathy went on to tell her audience the the “gift’ of singing brought her to meet LGBTQ persons who were the complete opposite of the images she had been taught in Bible camp.

She said, “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.”

I Did More than That!

“I’m just a singer-songwriter, honestly. I speak my truths and I paint my fantasies into bite-sized pop songs,” she said in her speech, bringing up her debut mega-hit “I Kissed A Girl.” As she revealed, the song is more than an ear-worm. “Truth be told, I did more than that.” 

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