Cher appears at NYC gay club to thank LGBT community for “always being there”

Cher made a brief appearance at Marquee in NYC, watching drag queens perform her songs, lip-syncing along to them, then warmly thanking gays for keeping her “in sequins forever.”

Matthew Rettenmund of Boy Culture has the details:

After 2:30 a.m., Cher magically appeared not on stage but up in the mezzanine, accompanied by her/Madonna’s publicist Liz Rosenberg and Andy Cohen. She looked fantastic, and was wearing an outfit strongly reminiscent of Madonna’s Super Bowl get-up. She did some photo ops and then watched the stage below as drag queens and others paraded in Susanne Bartsch-curated outfits and lip-synched to a bevy of Cher’s greatest hits, including “Half Breed,” “Gypsies, Tramps & Thieves,” “Strong Enough” and “Believe.”

Charmingly, Cher—beaming!—was mouthing the words to her imitators and flashing devil horns (she’s still so rock ‘n’ roll, even when in disco-diva guise). After the show, she came down the stairs like a normal person (a normal person who was being photographed by every device known to man) and re-emerged, this time on stage with a DJ. Cher thanked us all, said it was great to be back in NYC and then told the gays:

“From the bottom of my heart, I mean this: I’ve had ups and downs in my career, and you guys have never left me. I was out, I was uncool, I was—whatever—a has-been. Whatever! But you guys have always been there, y’know?”