Watch: Katy Perry Gives Moving Speech at Human Rights Campaign Gala

Watch: Katy Perry Gives Moving Speech at Human Rights Campaign Gala

During her HRC acceptance speech, the singer admits to trying to "pray the gay away."

During her HRC acceptance speech, the singer admits to trying to "pray the gay away."

Text: Ian David Monroe

Saturday night, the Human Rights Campaign gave Katy Perry the National Equality Award at its annual gala. The singer was introduced by her friend/actress Shannon Woodward, who apparently let Perry crash on her couch for a time.

During her acceptance speech, Perry admits that, despite what she sang, she’s definitely done more than just kiss a girl. She further dived into her religious upbringing, saying, "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.”

Perry is, of course, referencing her move into the music industry where she says she was introduced to LGBT people who “were nothing like I had been taught to fear. They were the most free, strong, kind and inclusive people I have ever met.”

It was a touching speech that ultimately proved that people can change. Watch the speech in full below.

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