Singer Katy Perry, accepting an award at the Human Rights Campaign Los Angeles’ 2017 Annual Gala on Saturday, said that even when growing up in a religious household she knew that the definition of her sexuality was more nuanced than simply being labeled “straight.”

“I’m just a singer-songwriter, honestly,” Perry 32, addressed the crowd, in a live-streamed video. “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,’ ” she said, quoting the hook from her 2008 song “I Kissed a Girl.”

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“Truth be told,” she continued, “A) I did more than that and . . . B) how was I gonna reconcile that with the gospel-singing girl raised in youth groups that were pro-conversion camps? What I did know is that I was curious and even then I knew sexuality wasn’t as black and white as this dress,” she said, referring to her gown. She added that “when that song came out I knew that I started a conversation that a lot of the world seemed curious enough [about] to sing along, too.”

She recalled that during “most of my unconscious adolescence I prayed the gay away at my Jesus camps. But then in the middle of it all, in a twist of events, I found my gift. And my gift introduced me to people outside my bubble, and my bubble started to burst.”

The LGBT community she said, was “nothing like I had been taught to fear. They were the most free, strong, kind and inclusive people I have ever met. They stimulated my mind, and they filled my heart with joy and they freaking danced all the while doing it. . . . Many of the people I admire and trust and work with belong to the LGBT community. And without them I’d be half of the person I am today.”

She went on to say, “No longer can I sit in silence. I have to stand for what I know is true and that is equality and justice for all, period.”