Singer Katy Perry says she escaped from the anti-gay mindset of her childhood.

Last Sunday, The Trevor Project honored Perry with its Trevor Hero Award for her gay rights advocacy at its annual Trevor Live event at the Hollywood Palladium in Los Angeles.

The Trevor Project is the California-based organization centered on crisis and suicide prevention efforts for gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) youth. The non-profit runs the nation's only 24-hour, toll free confidential suicide prevention hotline for gay and questioning youth.

Perry, 28, dedicated the video to her 2010 single Firework to the It Gets Better Project, which supports The Trevor Project.

In accepting the award, Perry said she grew up in an intolerant environment.

“I grew up in a very intolerant environment,” she said. “For a long time, I was told that people who are lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender or questioning were an abomination. But when I started to ask questions, it was hard to find an answer that made rational sense from the bubble around me.”

“As I've grown up, I've freed myself from that mindset,” she added to cheers from the audience. (The video is embedded on this page. Visit our video library for more videos.)