Katy Perry Reveals She’s Done More Than Just “Kiss A Girl”

Erika Liberati, News Editor

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On Saturday, March 18th, Katy Perry attended the Human Rights Campaign Gala Dinner in Los Angeles to accept the National Equality Award. HRC President Chad Griffin said that the campaign was “thrilled to honor Katy Perry for using her powerful voice and international platform to speak out for LGBTQ equality.”

As Katy Perry took the stage to accept her award she revealed that her own sexuality wasn’t just black and white and that it has always been something she struggled with. Perry addressed this while talking about her 2008 hit “I Kissed a Girl” saying, “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 [Rasario] 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.”

When the song first hit airwaves Perry denied that “I Kissed A Girl” was based on her own experiences. Three years later she told Vanity Fair that she actually had kissed a girl and only denied it because of “sleazy” male journalists who made her uncomfortable. While accepting the award Saturday, Perry revealed more about her experience with girls, 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.”

Perry has made her support for the LGBTQ+ community well known over the years. In 2010 Perry dedicated her “Firework” music video to the It Gets Better Project and in 2015, after the legalization of gay marriage nationwide, Perry took to Twitter to express her support. Perry also joined Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton (both are supporters of the LGBTQ+ community) on the campaign trail.  

At the Gala, Perry credited her music career for allowing her to learn more about the LGBTQ+ community and break out of her “bubble.” She also said that she will continue to fight for the rights of LGBTQ+ people. “No longer can I sit in silence,” she said. “I have to stand up for what I feel is true and that is equality and justice for all, period.”

HRC is the “largest civil rights organization working to achieve LGBTQ equality.” Show your support and donate at hrc.org.  

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Katy Perry Reveals She’s Done More Than Just “Kiss A Girl”