Embracing the spotlight

No matter what stage in your life, questioning your sexuality can be a very difficult and scary place. When you add a religious and homophobic background on top of that, contradicting your thoughts and feelings, it can be extremely hard to come to terms with. 

Starting off as a gospel singer, Katy Perry found herself in the spotlight from a young age. During her childhood, she was taught to fear and hate people who are a part of the LGBTQ+ community by her religious background and family.

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

When she first released her song ‘I kissed a girl’ in 2008, it became an instant hit. At the time, I don’t think a lot of people gave it much thought – merely a drunken memory from a party, or just something that happened out of curiosity. Not many people people would second guess the lyrics, and it’s clear now that Katy cleverly designed it that way.

Personally, I was never a big fan of her pink and over-the-top style and music videos – it all seemed to fake, like she was trying too hard to fit in. Which turns out to be exactly what she was doing. It wasn’t until she released her song ‘Part of Me’ that she stood out to be this strong, independent woman. 

Last week, Katy Perry accepted the National Equality Award at the Human Rights Campaign Gala, and gave a speech that pulled on the heartstrings of many in the LGBTQ+ community. She spoke out about how she’s struggled with her sexuality from a young age and it was in fact a group LGBTQ people that she became friends with that helped to change her life. Despite her hardships and battles to get where she is today, she is an inspiration to us all. 

It’s very important to have LGBTQ+ issues highlighted in the media – it gives many of us hope and ‘normalisation’.


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