Katy Perry’s 2008 pop hit “I Kissed a Girl” has taken criticism for being a “soft” love song without an actual LGBTQ-friendly message. But in retrospect, it might have been the bravest tune she ever wrote.
The 32 year-old singer-songwriter has confessed to enduring a childhood full of intolerance and fundamentalist beliefs, enforced by her Evangelical pastor parents Keith and Mary Hudson. Perry claims that she was sent to anti-LGBTQ youth camps but found herself “curious” and unable to condemn gay people, according to an interview in Vogue released this morning.
Katy was stunned when she became a touring musician and met gay, lesbian and transgender people from around the world. “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,” she said.
The artist also commented on her personal baggage and distrust of men, a lot of which seems to stem from such an exclusionary childhood. “Misogyny and sexism were in my childhood,” she says. “I have an issue with…not being seen as equal.” The election of Donald Trump, she said, also recently brought back the “trauma” of dealing with male authority in her youth.
“No longer can I sit in silence,” she concluded to Vogue. “I have to stand up for what I feel is true and that is equality and justice for all.”