I first started thinking about how gay guys attack women and in particular pop stars, when pretty much the whole community turned their back on Lady GaGa a few years ago. I really never understood why anyone would attack GaGa because she has been a complete advocate for the LGBT community. Yet, in true GaGa form, she was able to win back the hearts of most of the LGBT community over the past year. It seems that this sort of cyber bullying of our pop stars calmed down for a hot minute, but low and behold, we are back to our ridiculous games. Katy Perry is now the one getting all the hate from the LGBT community and more specifically gay men.
I find this hate for Katy Perry pretty ironic because she recently accepted the National Equality Award at the 2017 Human Rights Campaign Gala. During her speech, Katy Perry opened up about her Christian upbringing and being taught to “pray the gay away at Jesus camps” while accepting an award for LGBT rights advocacy. You see, Katy Perry was raised to believe that being gay was a sin and punishable by going to HELL. Fast forward many years later, Katy wrote a #1 song about a lesbian kiss, campaigned with Hillary Clinton for LGBT rights, and has a “tribe” that is mostly made up of gay men.
As an LGBT community shouldn’t we praise ANYONE who has ever broken the cycle of archaic support of homophobia? Katy Perry was able to help her parents (who are both Protestant pastors) understand how to be more open minded and loving to the LGBT community. As far as I am concerned, that makes her an ally. Katy told Parade magazine, “I came from a different mindset growing up, and my mind has changed. My viewpoint on all these things – equality for women, the choice to love anyone you want – (has changed). “Hopefully, we will look back at this moment and think like we do now concerning (other) civil rights issues; we’ll just shake our heads in disbelief, saying, ‘Thank God we’ve evolved.’ That would be my prayer for the future.”
I hope this opens up some minds and helps our community be more loving and accepting of EVERYONE, especially our allies. If you are writing horrible things about people on the internet who are your allies, then YOU are the real problem.
You can share your thoughts about this and many more topics, on MOOVZ. Below is the video of Katy Perry’s emotional speech while accepting the National Equality Award at the 2017 Human Rights Campaign Gala.