Emotional Lady Gaga Makes Special Tribute at Stonewall Inn

Emotional Lady Gaga Makes Special Tribute at Stonewall Inn

Lady Gaga is paying a special visit to New York City’s Stonewall Inn, helping mark 50 years since the uprising that catalyzed the modern LGBTQ rights movement in a way that only the versatile and colorful global superstar can. 

Gaga dropped by the legendary tavern Friday afternoon — exactly five decades to the day of the infamous NYPD raid that ignited tensions and fiery protests in city streets for days and ultimately spurred the birth of the movement for gay rights both in the United States and around the world. 

“It makes me cry. I am so emotional today,” a visibly teary Gaga, wearing jean shorts, a rainbow jacket and glistening red thigh-high boots, told the crowd. 

“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.” 

Gaga was just one of a handful of celebs and public figures to make an appearance at the event commemorating the uprising that sparked the gay rights movement. Chelsea Clinton, Donatella Versace and Chirlane McCray all spoke to the crowd, and Alicia Keys teamed up with “RuPaul’s Drag Race” winner Bob the Drag Queen for a performance of “Girl on Fire.”

Taylor Swift made her own surprise appearance at the Greenwich Village bar earlier this month, singing “Shake It Off” and her new single “You Need to Calm Down.” Democratic presidential candidate and former Vice President Joe Biden also paid a visit to Stonewall ahead of the 50th anniversary commemoration. 

In 2016, days before the 47th anniversary, then-President Barack Obama named the iconic Stonewall Inn a national monument for gay rights, the first ever such designation for an LGBT site. He said the monument would “tell the story.”

On Saturday, the night before NYC’s famed Pride Parade steps off along Fifth Avenue, tune into News 4 at 7 p.m. for a 30-minute special on what happened at Stonewall, what has happened since — and where we go from here.

Published at Fri, 28 Jun 2019 22:54:10 +0000