Lady Gaga Pride Gay Rights Speech Transcript National Equality March 2009
Lady Gaga gave a speech on LGBTQ rights at the National Equality March on October 11, 2009. Read the transcript of her speech here.
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Lady Gaga: (00:22)
Hello, my friends. I have seen and witnessed so many things over the past two years, and I can say with such certainty that this is the single most important moment of my career.
Lady Gaga: (00:45)
I am humbled to stand before all of you here today. I know that some of you have been fighting and doing advocacy work that stems all the way back to the Stonewall riots, and I salute you. And do you know, I love Judy Garland?
Lady Gaga: (01:13)
I am also inspired by the masses of all the young people here today, the younger generation, my generation. We are the ones coming up in the world and we must continue to push this movement forward and close the gap. We must demand full equality for all. They say that this country is free and they say that this country is equal, but it is not equal if it’s sometimes.
Lady Gaga: (01:59)
Obama, I know that you’re listening. Are you listening? We will continue to push you and your administration to bring your words of promise to a reality. We need change now. We demand actions now. And to Barney Frank, we are putting more than pressure on this grass, and today this grass is ours.
Lady Gaga: (02:45)
We will come away today and continue to do the work in our own backyards with our local politicians. And as for my backyard, as a woman in pop music, as a woman with the most beautiful gay fans in the whole world, to do my part, I refuse to accept any misogynistic and homophobic behavior in music, lyrics, or actions in the music industry.
Lady Gaga: (03:30)
I am so very honored to have this platform here today and I will continue to fight for full equality for all. I love you all so much. Bless God and bless the gays.