The 28-year-old told the audience of 1,000 at the Hollywood Palladium, “I grew up in a very intolerant environment. For a long time, I was told that people, who are lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender or questioning were an abomination.”
Katy’s parents Keith and Mary Hudson has been traveling evangelists for 40 years.
“When I started to ask questions — it was hard to find an answer that made rational sense from the bubble around me,” Katy said. “As I’ve grown up, I’ve freed myself from the mindset.”
The pop star got the Trevor Hero Award from the organization that provides crisis intervention and suicide prevention services to lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and questioning youth.
“The real heroes are the folks that at the call centers,” said Katy, who made a personal visit to the lifeline in Los Angeles, calling it “incredibly inspiring.”
Katy pointed out that the LGBTQ community is “intricately woven” in her everyday life from her management to her assistant to her best friend.
And although it’s been a struggle, she said, “There was some perspective growth in my family. I believe in change and I’m not about judging its about education.
“I believe that sexuality is fluid — nobody introduces me as ‘This is Katy Perry she is straight’– i hope in the future that we will all grow beyond labels. beyond treating gays as a novelty friend group.”
Friends say Katy was so focused on her speech that she refused to drink at a party she hosted the night before. When RumorFix spoke to her at the event, she said she wrote the speech Sunday morning and was nervous.
We think — she exceeded all expectations.