Lady Gaga discussed the meaning of Pride Monday at the Apollo Theater in New York City.
“So it’s Pride week. I wish it could exist 365 days of the year, but I’ll take a fucking global week. Wow. On Friday, the 50th anniversary of Stonewall. Yeah, that was when our community said enough is enough,” the bisexual singer told the crowd at the invitation-only performance from SiriusXM and Pandora, reports Variety.
In the speech, timed to the eve of WorldPride, Gaga paid tribute to the transgender pioneer Marsha P. Johnson, whose "bravery" and "courage" paved the way for the LGBTQ community in the present day. The "Born This Way" singer also praised her fans for "showing me and teaching me" lessons in acceptance.
Gaga even imparted one of these messages to the audience at the historic Harlem venue.
“I wish to share this with everyone who’s listening, not just in this theater, but around the world,” she said. “Ask the question: ‘What is your pronoun?’ Because for a lot of people, it’s really hard, and their pronouns aren’t respected or they’re not asked."
"For me, I’ve grown and changed over the years in a lot of different ways — I’ve felt misunderstood in different ways," Gaga continued. "All our hardships are different; I don’t mean to compare; I just mean to say we’re in this together, and I’ve had a million reasons to want to give up, and sometimes if you’re lucky you just need one good reason to stick around."
In 2009, Gaga publicly came out as bisexual in an interview with Barbara Walters. Then she revealed that her attraction to women inspired the song “Poker Face.” Since then, the singer has rarely discussed her queer identity in public, which makes her remarks at the Apollo Theater notable.
Regardless, Gaga has made the fight for LGBTQ equality a cornerstone of her career. In a recent poll conducted by BuzzFeed and Whitman Insight Strategies, 53 percent of respondents considered the Star Is Born actress to be a gay icon.