Sunday, June 30, 2019

Lady Gaga @ Stonewall Day

Lady Gaga (right) delighted crowds on Friday when she appeared at a New York City celebration commemorating the 50th anniversary of the Stonewall riots, a gay rights watershed moment. 

"I really, really hope you celebrate every inch of who you are today", said the pop superstar, long beloved by the LGBTQ community, at the bash in Manhattan, NYC in the US of A. 

"You were born this way and you are superstars", she shouted to applause, referencing the title of her 2011 hit Born This Way that became a gay rights anthem. 

The June 1969 riots, sparked by repeated police raids on the Stonewall Inn – a well-known gay bar in Christopher Street in the Greenwich Village neighborhood of Lower Manhattan – proved to be a turning point in the LGBTQ community's struggle for civil rights. 

"I look at the older generation and how you have fought to create a safe, more tolerant space for our youth", said Gaga, clad in thigh-high glittering rainbow platform boots, denim booty shorts with rainbow fringe and a rainbow jacket over a black bandeau bra. 

"It used to be unheard of to even come out of the closet", the 33-year-old continued, saying that today many children "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". 

She acknowledged: "You did that! You created that space". 

Stonewall Day comes before a weekend featuring performances by Madonna, Alicia Keys and Grace Jones, along with appearances by Donatella Versace, Chelsea Clinton and Whoopi Goldberg – they’re all part of World Pride NYC, which culminates on June 30 with the annual NYC Pride March on Fifth Avenue. 

It will be the sixth edition of World Pride, which began in Rome in 2000 and brought together droves of people from across the world.

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