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Katy Perry tried to pray her 'gay away' at Jesus camps

Katy Perry arrives at the 59th Annual Grammy Awards in Los Angeles.

Katy Perry arrives at the 59th Annual Grammy Awards in Los Angeles.  (REUTERS/Mario Anzuoni )

Katy Perry revealed on Saturday night that she’s done more than just kiss girls.

The pop star was honored at the Human Rights Campaign Gala in Los Angeles where she revealed she explored her sexuality as a teenager.

“How was I going to reconcile that with a gospel singing girl raised in youth groups that were pro-conversion camps?” Perry, 32, shared while accepting the National Equality Award, according to E! News.

“What I did know was I was curious and even then I knew sexuality wasn’t as black and white as this dress,” she said. “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.”

Because of her religious upbringing — both of her parents are pastors — she spent much time praying “the gay away in my Jesus camps.”

Her perspective on sexuality shifted after she made the leap from Gospel music to the mainstream. “I found my gift and my gift introduced me to people outside my bubble and my bubble started to burst,” Perry said. “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.”

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