Pop star Katy Perry was honored with the “Hero Award” from gay teen suicide prevention organization The Trevor Project for encouraging LGBT youth to be themselves through her songs.
The gala took place in Hollywood on Dec. 2.
“The real heroes are the folks … at the call centers. [They're] incredibly inspiring,” Perry said as she received the award.
“I grew up in a very intolerant environment. For a long time, I was told that people who are lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender or questioning were an abomination. As I've grown up, I've freed myself from the mindset,” she added.
“There was some perspective growth in my family. I believe in change ... believe that sexuality is fluid - nobody introduces me as, "This is Katy Perry, she is straight. I hope in the future that we will all grow beyond labels, beyond treating gays as a novelty friend group.”
According to a previous press release, Perry was set to receive the award “for empowering youth and increasing visibility and understanding of the LGBTQ community.” Her song “Firework,” strives to let gay teens know that they have value and that they can be anything, the group says.
Lady Gaga received the award last year for helping to change the culture, Pink News reported.