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It’s no secret that bisexual queen Katy Perry used to be a gospel-singing, Christian girl. The daughter of not one, but two pastors, Perry has been forced to reconcile her current, in-your-face sexuality with her past.

The “I Kissed a Girl” singer recently received the National Equality Award and opened up about her past struggles to come to terms with her sexuality.

“Most of my unconscious adolescence, I prayed the gay away at my Jesus camps.”

Perry added,

“But then in the middle of it all, in a twist of events, I found my gift and my gift introduced me to people outside of my bubble. My bubble started to burst. These people were nothing like I had been taught to fear.

[They] were the most free, strong, kind, and inclusive people I have ever met. They stimulated my mind and they filled my heart with joy and they freaking danced all the while doing it. These people are actually magic, and they are magic because they are living their truth.

She also said,

“I speak my truths and I paint my fantasies into these bite-sized pop songs. For instance, ‘I kissed a girl and I liked it.’ Truth be told, I did more than that.

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 and even then I knew sexuality wasn’t as black and white as this dress. And honestly, I haven’t always gotten it right, but in 2008 when that song came out I knew that I started a conversation and a lot of the world seemed curious enough to sing along, too.”

Perry has been such an inspiration to so many people and proven that no matter where you come from, you can still live your truth. We are so proud of her for all that she’s accomplished, and for, of course, winning this award. Well-deserved, Katy!

Lena Finkel is the editor of Femestella. She’s currently obsessed with Vanderpump Rules, lipstick, and her kitty Tom.