12 Reasons Lady Gaga Deserves Our 'Applause'
BY Jase Peeples
August 20 2013 5:00 AM ET
I Knew You When…
Shortly after the U.S. Supreme Court made two historic rulings, striking down both Proposition 8 and a key part of the so-called Defense of Marriage Act, Gaga made an appearance at New York’s 2013 Pride celebration, where she spoke passionately about LGBT equality before belting out a retooled version of the national anthem as she clutched a rainbow flag. “It’s my LGBT friends and fans who always said to me, ‘I knew Lady Gaga when.’ Well, look who the star is now,” she said, gesturing toward the cheering crowd. “Now I get to say I knew you when you suffered. When you felt unequal. When you felt there was nothing to look forward to. I knew you then and I knew you when, but I really know you now.”
Mother Monster Versus Mother Russia
While performing in Russia last year, Gaga bucked the country's growing movement toward “gay propaganda” laws (first passed regionally, and this year nationally) and spoke out against the antigay climate. “Tonight this is my house, Russia,” she proclaimed before a crowd of Russian fans. “You can be gay in my house.” Authorities have threatened her, but have so far ended up accusing her only of violating a technicality in her visa. Still, Gaga has continued to support LGBT Russians, who have faced ever more serious troubles recently. “The rise in government abuse is archaic," she wrote on Twitter. “Hosing teenagers with pepper spray? Beatings? Mother Russia? The Russian government is criminal. Oppression will be met with revolution. Russian LGBTs you are not alone. We will fight for your freedom.”