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The singer talks about her sexuality growing up in a Catholic household.

Katy Perry recently picked up a National Equality Award at the Human Rights Campaign Gala in Los Angeles. She picked up her award and gave an inspiring speech about LGBTQ equality and discussed balancing sexuality with religion. The singer says that her strict Christian upbringing forced her to hide her sexuality.

Speaking about her personal experiences growing up in an evangelical Christian household, Perry told the audience: “My first words were Momma and Poppa, God and Satan. Right and wrong were taught to me on feltboards… When I was growing up homosexuality was synonymous with the word abomination.”

She went on to reference her breakthrough 2008 hit ‘I Kissed A Girl’, saying: “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.’ Truth be told, I did more than that”.

She also mentioned in her speech that after meeting multitudes of people in the LGBTQ community, Perry said that she realized her sexuality was nothing to be ashamed of, adding that she used to try to “pray the gay away” after an upbringing of strictness.

“My [closet] bubble started to burst,” 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.”

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