By Michelle Garcia
Originally published on Advocate.com December 11 2012 12:20 PM ET
Last week, pop singer Katy Perry accepted an award for being an ally for LGBT youth from The Trevor Project in Los Angeles during the organization's annual gala, Trevor Live.
In the video, she describes how her own thoughts about the LGBT community have evolved, and she explains how meaningful her time spent volunteering for The Trevor Project has been.
"I grew up in a very intolerant environment," she said. "For a long time, I was told that people who were lesbian, gay, bisexual or 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."
Watch her acceptance speech below: