Tuesday, September 21, 2010

Gaga and the Gays


Did you see the moment when Lady Gaga was given her MTV music award for Video of the Year? She hugged Jane Lynch and said, " I love you!." The thing about Lady Gaga is that she really does. She really loves the gays. Unlike some performers who tell their gay fans that they love them and nothing more, Lady Gaga puts her money where her mouth is. I saw her recently in concert and I swear, it was about the gayest show I have ever been to. Gayer than Melissa Etheridge or The Indigo Girls. Over and over in her concert she called out for gay rights, same-sex marriage and the repeal of "Don't Ask, Don't Tell."

She is one of the most popular stars of our time and she could sit back and enjoy her fame and fortune. But she's taken her cause, our cause, and spoken out about it every chance she gets. She was escorted to the VMAs by soldiers who had been kicked out of the military because of their sexual orientation. It seems like she can't open her mouth without appreciating her gay fans.

Some might write her off as just a pop singer, but I think what Lady Gaga is doing is profound. She's got the whole world watching her. Maybe just to see her meat dress or what other outrageous thing she's going to wear. But I think the impact of Gaga is monumental. As she talks about her fans, the "little monsters", the kids who are ostracized and made fun of, I can imagine a gay or lesbian teen in some podunk town tuning into her and finding validation for who they are, getting the courage to keep being themselves, staying alive because of Lady Gaga.

source: about.com

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