“It’s our win. Doesn’t it feel nice to win for a change?” Lady Gaga screamed to a crowd of LGBT celebrators on Pier 26 for New York City’s Pride Kick Off Rally.
Gaga made her first public appearance since her hip surgery back in February. She told her LGBT fans that it is finally time for them to become “mainstream.” She also thanked the LGBT community for all of their love and support ever since she was in “grade school.” She said she always felt like she was in a place of love when she was within the community.
“And I saw God for the first real time in all of you. You were sent to me like angels to protect me and to save me. It was you who understood my need to hide behind the wigs, the glasses, the glamour, the clothing.”
After the crowd chanted for the “Born This Way” artist to sing, she said the LGBT community used to say “I knew Lady Gaga when.” But now she can 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.”
Gaga performed The Star Spangled Banner; but her rendition had a different ending to it. Instead of finishing the number with “and the home of the brave” she ended it with, “And a home for the gays.”