Kate Perry may have received many awards, including four Guinness World Records, a Brit Award, and a Juno Award, and been included in the Forbes list of "Top-Earning Women In Music" (2011-2016), but she was born into a Christian family. In fact, both her parents were not only born-again Christians but they are also pastors. Katy even started off as Katy Hudson where she released a Christian album prior to her secular fame. Recently, Perry speaks about her Christian upbringing and how that influenced her to pray against the LGBTQ community.
On March 19, the Human Rights Campaign's Los Angeles presented Perry the organization's highest honor, the National Equality Award. During the ceremony, Perry expressed regrets about how her Christian upbringing have taught her to believe that homosexuality was an "abomination."
"My first words were 'mama' and 'dada,' 'God' and 'Satan,'" she related. "Right and wrong were taught to me on felt boards and, of course, through the glamorous Jan Crouch crying diamond teardrops every night on that Vaseline-TBN television screen. When I was growing up, homosexuality was synonymous with the word 'abomination' ... and hell. A place of gnashing of teeth, continual burning of skin and probably Mike Pence's ultimate guest list for a barbecue. No way, no way. I wanted the pearly gates and unlimited fro-yo toppings."
As a result of the anti-homosexuality education she received, Perry turned toward prayer. "Most of my unconscious adolescence, I prayed the gay away at my Jesus camps," she revealed. "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 who came to fame with the hit single "I Kissed a Girl," confessed that her dalliance with lesbanism goes far deeper than a mere kiss. "Truth be told: A) I did more than that," Perry purred. "But B) How was I going to reconcile that with the gospel singing girl raised in youth groups that [was] pro-conversion camps? What I did know is that I was curious, and even then, I knew that sexuality wasn't as black and white as this dress."
With no more of her evangelical residue left in her, Perry thanked the LGBTQ community. "There's no other community that has done more to shape who I am today, and there is no other community that I believe in more than you."