The Trevor Project calls Katy Perry a "hero"
Songstress Katy Perry is awarded the Trevor Hero Award for her continuing efforts to push the message that it's cool to be who you are. Was it a unanimous decision, though?
The gay-friendly stars aligned Sunday night for the annual Trevor Live show. The show was a star-studded event featuring music, speeches, and the presentation of the Trevor Hero Award to Katy Perry. Not everyone in the LGBTQ community was happy with the honoree, though.
Each year, The Trevor Project's Trevor Live show calls in a slew of famous faces to help celebrate the work they do with gay teens & suicide prevention, the help their celebrity supporters bring, and the lives they save.
They also honor one special celebrity with the Trevor Hero Award. The award goes to one celeb who is the most vocal on issues that greatly affect the lives of kids that The Trevor Project helps. Past Heroes have included Lady Gaga, Neil Patrick Harris and Daniel Radcliffe.
Upon accepting the award, Perry ended her speech by concluding, "My mantra has always been, 'Be yourself enough and you can be anything,' so I'm so proud to be honored by an organization that believes the same exact thing and I'm so active in reminding LGBTQ teens about it."
One minor problem, though. Not everyone supports the decision to honor Katy Perry.
Katy Perry's "Firework" quickly became exactly what she had hoped: An anthem that encourages young people to be themselves. That's an admirable subject area, but hardly a new topic.
One of her first hits was, "I Kissed a Girl." Sexual experimentation between two girls was hardly something many other singers had taken on. However, the song was less about gay acceptance, and more about blatant sex appeal to straight guys.
There also was "Ur So Gay," which Perry originally released in 2007. The song is rife with sarcasm, of course, but it's also rather bullying. It's aimed at an ex-boyfriend and includes lines such as, "I hope you hang yourself with your H&M scarf."
While the song isn't actually about a gay man, it perpetuates the use of "gay" with negative connotations.
Katy Perry is far from homophobic. It's a widely known fact (that she addressed, again, during her Trevor speech) that Perry was raised in a Christian environment that condemned homosexuality.
She's certainly come a long way since that time. However, many question whether the people at The Trevor Project truly did their homework when deciding to present Perry with the award. Their choice in honoree has upset a lot of people who are still waiting for an apology from Perry for "Ur so Gay," and more vocal support of the LGBTQ community.
Hopefully, Perry will continue her quest to make things right for gay and lesbian teens and help onlookers feel she's more deserving of the award.