By Danielle Odiamar. Photos: FilmMagic/Getty Images, Instagram/@katyperry.
Throughout this year's contentious presidential election, Katy Perry was a vocal supporter of former Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton. But even now that the race is over and Donald Trump is the president elect, it looks like Perry remains as committed to fighting for the organizations and causes that Clinton's campaign stood for.
The singer took her first step by making a $10,000 donation to Planned Parenthood. In an essay-like Instagram post, she promised to support organizations that could face defunding in the future. Perry, along with other celebrities like Elizabeth Banks and Lena Dunham, has been a vocal supporter of reproductive rights and Planned Parenthood.
Perry dedicated the donation to her teenage self, explaining how her education about sexual health at her local clinic forever shaped her future:
"I am making a public donation to Planned Parenthood for the teenage me who made several visits to first a clinic in Santa Barbara and then Los Angeles, CA to educate myself on my sexual health, a subject I had little to no information on because of my sheltered upbringing. I had no idea how things worked down there, and had no idea how to make a plan for them.
Planned Parenthood educated me on my body and my reproductive health, so that I could focus on my dreams and using my voice until I knew the timing was right for me to make a plan to have a family. Since then, I have been able to focus wholeheartedly on bringing messages of strength and becoming a voice for others. Without this education, I may have had a different life path.
That is just my experience, but I know Planned Parenthood's broader range of services can sometimes be the only medical support low-income families ever see. I know what it's like to need help. I came from a lower- to middle-class family and never grew up with the option of health insurance. I remember having 13 cavities as a teenager, and the best option my parents could come up with was to try and take me to Mexico because we couldn't afford anything in California.
...Now, more than ever, we all need to protect and create safe places for each other. I hope I can help inspire you to make a gift as well, and become a member and an ally."
Check out her Insta and full message below:
This story originally appeared on Glamour.
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