Katy Perry

America Ferrera and Katy Perry's passionate HRC speeches reveal their journey toward activism

America Ferrera and Katy Perry's passionate HRC speeches reveal their journey toward activism

Onstage accepting the Human Rights Campaign’s Ally for Equality Award, America Ferrera shared a personal story about searching for representation as a young Latina in America. “I didn’t grow up seeing a lot of examples of short, brown, chubby, poor daughters of immigrant parents [who] grow up to be successful actresses and loud activists,” Ferrera said. “I had to use my imagination most of the time.”

Thankfully for Ferrera, she found friends and mentors who encouraged her to use her talent and find her own voice. “One of those teachers is in the room with us tonight,” the actress revealed, flashing a huge smile at the audience. “My high school drama teacher, Sue...

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