|(Photo: Tim Soter for Pride Live)|
International pop star and LGBTQ ally Lady Gaga made a surprise appearance at Pride Live’s Stonewall Day Concert on Friday afternoon.
Taking the stage in front of thousands of celebrants from around the world who gathered for WorldPride and the 50th anniversary of the Stonewall riots, Gaga told the exuberant crowd, “Happy 50th anniversary of Stonewall! This is a historic day. You should be so, so proud of yourself.”
Continuing, she said:
“Look around you. Look at what you have done. You are the definition of courage, do you know that? … This community has fought, and continued to fight, a war of acceptance, a war of tolerance — and the most relentless bravery.”
“You are the definition of courage, do you know that? This is a celebration of all of you in every single way. I really, really hope you celebrate every inch of who you are today.”
Also appearing at the event were Alicia Keys, who performed Cyndi Lauper’s “True Colors,” Bob the Drag Queen, Wilson Cruz, Whoopi Goldberg, Chelsea Clinton, Donatella Versace, Geena Rocera, and Mayor Bill de Blasio.
The entire event was live-streamed, and you can watch the full video here.
“Black people, brown people, trans people, gender expansive people, women, bi people, immigrants, the disabled—we had stories, too, and we hungered to tell them. It’s overwhelming for me now to see those stories begin to be told, and to be told by us, in our own voices. That didn’t just happen. It happened because we dared to be powerful in the service of that vision for those that came after us, for YOU.” @wcruz73 @Z100NewYork @United #stonewallday