Katy Perry Used to Pray the “Gay Away at Jesus Camps”
Katy Perry has been pretty vocal about the fact that she was raised in a strict Christian home. In fact, she recently explained at the 2017 Human Rights Commission’s Los Angeles Gala that she was taught to believe that homosexuality was an “abomination.”
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While being presented with the event’s National Equality Award, she admitted that she “prayed the gay away at Jesus camps” until she met someone who introduced her to people outside of her bubble. Soon, her “bubble started to burst” and she saw that members of the LGBT community were not so different after all.
“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.”
Undoubtedly, this time period inspired her breakout 2008 hit “I Kissed a Girl.” Addressing the crowd, she elaborated: “Truth be told, I did more than that! But how was I going to reconcile that with the 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. But in 2008, when that song came out, I knew that it started a conversation that a lot of the world seemed curious enough to sing along to it.”
We’re not sure that song really started a conversation, to be honest. It seemed like just another crappy, pop tune using somewhat controversial lyrics to get attention. You know, kind of like Katy Perry in music form.