3. But on Saturday, Perry accepted the National Equality Award from the Human Rights Campaign at a gala dinner in Los Angeles and revealed the song was just the tip of the sexuality iceberg for her.
4. “I speak my truths, and I paint my fantasies into these little bite-size pop songs. For instance, ‘I kissed a girl and I liked it.’ Truth be told, I did more than that,” she told the audience.
Perry admitted she kept her true feelings hidden initially because she felt like “‘sleazy’ male journalists” were overly titillated by the story.
5. “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 … black and white.”
“Honestly, I haven’t always gotten it right,” she continued. “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.”
8. You can watch her full speech here.
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