Katy Perry, who received the Human Rights Campaign's 2017 National Equality Award, speaks at the LGBTQ group's gala dinner in Los Angeles on March 18.
Katy Perry shared the journey from her evangelical Christian upbringing to her LGBTQ-activist present, explaining Saturday night that she used to "pray the gay away" at Christian camps when she was a child.
"My first words were mama and dada, God and Satan ...," the "Roar" singer said while accepting the Human Rights Campaign's 2017 National Equality Award at its gala dinner in Los Angeles over the weekend.
"When I was growing up, homosexuality was synonymous with the word abomination, and Hell," she said. Right and wrong were taught to her courtesy of felt boards and the Trinity Broadcast Network. She wanted to wind up at the pearly gates, she said, so she did as she was taught.