American singer Katy Perry has spoken in support of LGBTQ Equality at the Human Rights Gala.

Perry, a staunch LGBTQ Ally, delivered a passionate speech at the 2017 Human Rights Campaign Gala on Saturday. Perry was accepting the organization’s National Equality Award and, during her speech, called for LGBTQ equality.

The singer recalled being raised in a conservative Christian family and said that she was taught that “homosexuality was synonymous with the word abomination.” She went on to talk about how, when introduced to LGBTQ friends and colleagues, that “bubble started to burst.”

“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.

“I have to stand for what I know is true and that is equality and justice for all people – period,” she continued.

“It’s time to lead with empathy, grace and compassion, now more than ever,” she said in conclusion. “I’ll never cease to be a champion, an ally, a spotlight and a loving voice for all LGBTQ-identifying people.”

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