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While accepting the National Equality Award at the Human Rights Campaign Gala, singer-songwriter Katy Perry explained why she advocates for the LGBTQ community.

Perry spoke about being raised in a conservative religious community that believed in conversion therapy – a debunked practice which tries to “cure” people of homosexuality – and how becoming a singer and entertainer expanded her worldview.

When Perry says she hadn’t “always gotten it right,” she is likely referencing the criticism she received early in her career for pandering to the male gaze with “I Kissed a Girl,” and perpetuating homophobic ideals with her 2008 single “Ur So Gay.”

Perry explained what changed her way of thinking during her speech.

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While acknowledging her flaws, the singer expressed strong feelings of love and solidarity for the LGBTQ community.

Rock on, girlfriend.