Katy Perry was honored at a Human Rights Campaign celebration last week for her work fighting for equality in the united states. During her powerful speech, she got honest about who she is now, 10 years into her career, and her struggles in her youth that made her the activist she is today. When giving her speech about her overly strict upbringing Katy had this to say:

“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 — a) I did more than that, but b) 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 that I was curious, and even then I knew that sexuality was not as black and white as this 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 discussing the LGBTQ+  community that she was taught to hate as a child she said this about finally meeting, embracing, and joining them:

“These people were nothing like I had been taught to fear. They were the most free, strong, kind, and inclusive people that I have ever met. They stimulated my mind, and they filled my heart with joy, and they danced with joy while doing it. These people are actually, magic, and they are magic because they are living their truth."

Well damn KP! Keep up the fight! Love you girl. You can watch the HRC event below with Katy's speech as well as the video for the song that started it all.