Monday evening, pop star and longtime LGBT activist, Lady Gaga joined thousands of mourners in Los Angeles at City Hall, honoring the victims of the Pulse nightclub tragedy.
This past Monday evening, pop star and longtime LGBT activist, Lady Gaga joined thousands of mourners in Los Angeles at City Hall, honoring the victims of the Pulse nightclub tragedy.
The iconic and outspoken performer gave an emotional speech and read off each of the names of the victims, while she fought back tears. Gaga directed her words at the entire LGBT community and said, “I hope you know that myself and so many are your allies. Not only me, but everyone here. We represent the compassion and the loyalty of millions of people around the world that believe in you. You are not alone, you are not alone.”
In addition to Gaga's heartfelt speech at Monday’s vigil, she also posted on Instagram the photo below:
It’s no surprise to Gaga fans that she came out to support. She’s been a long-standing advocate for the LGBT community for years.
In 2009, Gaga appeared on the cover of Out magazine and she used the cover interview as an opportunity to discuss her stance on LGBT culture. Gaga revealed, “I very much want to inject gay culture into the mainstream. It's not an underground tool for me. It's my whole life. So, I always sort of joke the real motivation is to just turn the world gay.”
In 2012, she created a video message and addressed Maine, Minnesota, Washington, and Maryland about the vote for marriage equality. She says in the clip, “I just wanted to remind those of you who live in Maine, Minnesota, Washington, or Maryland that you can actually vote for marriage equality on the ballot this year,” using her fame as a popular musician to get the word out. Check out the video here:
When the U.S. Supreme Court passed marriage equality in 2012, Gaga took to Twitter with a photo and captioned it, “#Lovewins over prejudice.”
Gaga's Grammy nominated song, “Born This Way,” sends clear messages of acceptance and appreciation for the LGBT community. “Born This Way” was the first top hit on Billboard charts to include the word “transgenders” in the lyrics.
In March 2011, the pop star made a deal with Target stores in which she would only allow them an exclusive release of the Born This Way album if they ended dealings with anti-gay groups, and contributed to LGBT charities. She stated, "Part of my deal with Target is that they have to start affiliating themselves with LGBT charity groups and begin to reform and make amends for the mistakes they've made in the past ... our relationship is hinged upon their reform in the company to support the gay community and to redeem the mistakes they've made supporting those [antigay] groups."
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