On the 50th anniversary of the Stonewall Riots, Lady Gaga – dressed in militant Pride gear – hit a stage erected on the corner of Waverly and Christopher St. in New York City to pay a hearty tribute to the queer community she’s long been an ally of during WorldPride.
The “Born This Way” singer mentioned that “True love is when you would take a bullet for someone,” addressing the LGBTQ community. “And you know I would take a bullet for you any day of the week.” She also spoke about the need “to change the system of an extremely oppressive administration” and asked the crowd to think of the progress people can make in the next 50 years if they keep “inject[ing] the world with this message of unity and passion.”
After Gaga, the Pride Live Stonewall Day Concert brought out RuPaul’s Drag Race winner Bob the Drag Queen, whose lip sync of Alicia Keys’ “Girl on Fire” included a massive reveal – Alicia herself. Keys delivered stirring covers of Cyndi Lauper‘s “True Colors,” Crystal Waters’ “Gypsy Woman (She’s Homeless)” and her own classic ode to NYC, “Empire State of Mind.” Overall, the event was considered a success for the LGBTQ+ community and served as a reminder of the continuing work that all people should be taking part in.