Lady Gaga Celebrates Pride With an Empowering Speech at Stonewall Day Concert in NYC

Lady Gaga celebrated Pride Month by making a surprise appearance at the symbolic birthplace of LGBTQ rights movement: New York’s Stonewall Inn. 

The superstar took over Pride Live’s Stonewall Day Concert in New York City on Friday, taking the stage to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the Stonewall Riots, HuffPost reports.

The Oscar-, Golden Globe- and Grammy-winning icon delivered an impassioned speech to the packed crowd, reaffirming her love for and long-standing commitment to the LGBTQ community. 

Opening her speech, Lady Gaga proclaimed, “This is a historic day. You should be so, so proud of yourselves,” to which the crowd cheered with thunderous applause. 

“This community has fought — and continued to fight — a war of acceptance, a war of tolerance and the most relentless bravery,” the pop star, who has been an advocate of the LGBTQ community for years, continued. “You are the definition of courage, do you know that?”

The singer shared that she is grateful for all the community has done for her, adding that the community welcomed her “in the most beautiful ways,” which she says has changed her life, ABC News reports. 

Lady Gaga also thanked older LGBTQ advocates for flighting for representation.

“You have fought to create a safe, more tolerant space for our youth,” she said. “It used to be unheard of to even come out of the closet, or be expected in any way to declare who you are. But now, children at very young ages are saying ‘Mommy or Daddy, I’m gay. I’m a lesbian...I’m bi ... I’m not a girl, I’m a boy.’”

“They are telling their friends how to identify and speak to them,” she continued. “Many, but not all, of course, are aware of their ability to discover and name their own sexual identities, their own gender identities. They are finding themselves, and they are not as afraid, and you did that.”

She pointed out that there is still much work to be made despite the significant progress that has been made. 

“It is said that those who threw the first brick on that historic night were members of the trans community,” the singer told the crowd. “And while we have made tremendous progress, we find ourselves also at a time where attacks on the trans community are on an increasing rise each day. I will not tolerate this.” 

Lady Gaga pledged to continue to fight for more representation, equality and inclusion. 

“I denounce ostracizing people for who they are, I wish for there to be mental health provided around the country to teach people the importance of kindness and passion,” she said. “Every race, every religion, every color, every age ... every kind, you are it — you have the power!”

Lady Gaga concluded her powerful speech with a promise to kill hate with kindness. 

“This is my mothership, and you are my leaders and I will follow you. And I surrender to all hatred because, you know what, I will kill it with kindness,” she told the crowd. “True love is when you would take a bullet for someone, and you know that I would take a bullet for you any day of the week.”

According to HuffPost, Lady Gaga joins the growing list of celebrities that have visited the Stonewall Inn recently to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the historic uprising, including Madonna, Taylor Swift and “Modern Family” star Jesse Tyler Ferguson and his husband, Justin Mikita.