In a cover interview with Vogue,
singer-songwriter Katy Perry reveals that her parents kept gay people
from interacting with her while growing up.
The 32-year-old Perry grew up in a
strict evangelical household.
Perry, born Katheryn Hudson, has been a performer since childhood,
the self-confessed “black sheep” daughter of evangelical
Christian pastors who carefully sheltered her from the pernicious
modern world in “a bubble beyond the bubble” of like-minded
community and schooling. “The schools were really makeshift,”
Perry recalls. “Education was not the first priority. My education
started in my 20s, and there is so much to learn still.” She was
not, for instance, “allowed to interact with gay people,” she
remembers, and “there is some generational racism. But I came out
of the womb asking questions, curious from day one, and I am really
grateful for that: My curiosity has led me here. Anything I don’t
understand, I will just ask questions about.”
Perry also said that President Donald
Trump's victory brought up “a lot of trauma.”
“I was really disheartened for a
while; it just brought up a lot of trauma for me,” Perry said.
“Misogyny and sexism were in my childhood: I have an issue with
suppressive males and not being seen as equal.”
Perry: Sexuality isn't black and white.)