Lady Gaga Speaks at Gay Pride Rally

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“Bad Romance” singer Lady Gaga has been on quite of a hiatus lately– she canceled her ‘Born This Way’ tour because of an injury that required her to undergo hip surgery. But despite all of this, Gaga reached out on June 29th to speak for the LGBT community as well as sing the National Anthem as part of the Parade’s Kick off Rally on Friday in New York City.

Gaga spoke on how much the support of her gay fans has meant to her.

“When I was in high school and grade school and younger, I was considered to be an outcast and I just couldn’t find my place,” she said. “Where did I fit in? And I look back on that time and I remember feeling that I was cut from a different mold. There was a particular crowd who did accept me,” she continued. “There was a particular crowd who made room for me at their table, who held me up when I felt I couldn’t, who loved me for exactly who I was. It was you. You saved me, my friends in the LGBT community, time and time again. And I saw God for the first real time in all of you.”

Lady Gaga continued to thank the gay community for accepting her for who she was. She praised the overturning of the Defense of Marriage Act and put down the homophobic attacks that have been happening in the city as of late.

“The violence that has taken place towards LGBTs in the past months is unacceptable here and anywhere,” she said. “We are not a niche. We are a part, a big giant part of humanity. It’s time for us to be mainstream. I demand the rights! To safe streets!”

In front of hundreds of fans, Gaga closed off her speech by singing “The Star-Spangled Banner”, substituting the lyrics: “Oh, say does that star-spangled flag of pride yet wave/ O’er the land of the free and the home of the brave.”

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