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Katy Perry On 'I Kissed a Girl': 'Truth Be Told, I Did More Than That'

Katy Perry (photosKaty Perry photos) opened up rebelling out of her religious upbringing while accepting the National Equality Award at the Human Rights Campaign Gala in Los Angeles over the weekend.

The 32-year-old singer explained she often took inspiration from real-life events for her music.

"I speak my truths and I paint my fantasies into these little bite-size pop songs," she told the audience. "For instance, 'I kissed a girl and I liked it.' Truth be told, I did more than that."

"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 dress," she continued.

"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."

Perry said was taught to "pray the gay away at Jesus camps" but eventually her "bubble started to burst."

"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," she said.

"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."

March 20, 2017 |

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