For instance, I kissed a girl and I liked it. Truth be told, A, I did more than that. Hold up! 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 I was curious.
Honestly, I haven’t always gotten it right. But in 2008 when that song came out, I knew that I started a conversation that a lot of the world seemed curious enough to sing along to.
Perry ended her powerful speech by drawing connections between her life's path and that of the LGBT community:
We came from the same upbringing—where it was difficult to be our authentic selves.
We broke the cycle. And now we’re living our best, most authentic lives.
Head to the next page to see Perry's full acceptance speech.