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Katy Perry Reveals Early Struggles About Growing Up In Religious Community; Takes Firm Stand For LGBT Support

Update Date: Mar 20, 2017 10:13 PM EDT

Katy Perry recently revealed that she came from a community where gays are being prayed away. The singer also reinstated her support for the LGBT community. 

The singer recently gave a speech at the 2017 HRC Los Angeles Gala, as she received that the National Equality Award. Katy Perry said that her 2008 hit single "I Kissed A Girl And I Liked It" was a message for the world about accepting gays, E! Online said in a report.

Katy Perry Says She Was Raised To Shoo Away Gays

"Truth be told, I did more than that!" Katy Pery added about the title of the hit song. The singer, who dated Orlando Bloom, said that when she was that girl who was raised in youth groups and was curious about truth on sexuality. "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," Katy Perry said.

The "Thinking Of You" singer, who was raised by parents who are pastors, said that she once belonged to a community who prayed the gays away from camps. She even noted that when she started getting closer to people who belong in the LGBT community, the more she became aware of the beauty in them, People reported

Katy Perry Defends LGBT Community

She said the people she met were kind, inclusive, and strong, adding that they should not be feared, like how the youth were taught in the community she once belonged. "They stimulated my mind, and they filled my heart with joy, and they danced with joy while doing it," she stressed. "These people are actually, magic, and they are magic because they are living their truth."

Despite being raised in conservative community, Katy Perry still believes that she was raised there for a reason and that she cannot choose her family, but she can actually choose her tribe.

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