The pop star made her first public appearance since hip surgery at Friday night’s kickoff to Gay Pride in New York.
Just two days after the Supreme Court’s historic DOMA ruling, the pop star sang a rousing rendition of “The Star Spangled Banner” and celebrated with her gay fans.
“It’s my LGTB friends and fans who always said to me, I knew Lady Gaga when,” she told the crowd. “Well, look who the star is now,” she said as the crowd cheered.”Now I get to say that I knew you when.”
The 27-year-old talked about her difficult teenage years: “When I was in high school and grade school and younger, I was considered to be an outcast and I just couldn’t find my place. “Where did I fit in? And I look back on that time and I remember feeling that I was cut from a different mold.”
She continued, “There was a particular crowd who did accept me. There was a particular crowd who made room for me at their table, who held me up when I felt I couldn’t, who loved me for exactly who I was. It was you. And to stand here equal to you tonight.”