Lady Gaga Talks Importance of Pronouns, Gay Pride During Rousing Speech

Lady Gaga was all about pride during her SiriusXM show at Harlem’s Apollo Theater Monday night.

In between songs, the “Born This Way” pop star gave a rousing speech about the importance of asking people’s pronouns and the necessity of gay pride. She also referenced transgender activist Marsha P. Johnson who was widely credited with throwing the first brick that sparked the Stonewall riots in 1969.

“So it’s pride week. I wish it could exist 365 days of the year, but I’ll take a f–ing global week. Wow on Friday, the 50th anniversary of stonewall. Yeah, that was when our community said enough is enough,” Gaga said to cheers from the audience. “And all hail to so many including miss Marsha P. Johnson. What bravery, what courage. In the spirit of acceptance, the spirit of tolerance, the spirit of courage to be seen as you see yourself. I have learned so much over the years from all my fans. I feel so blessed, thank you for showing me and teaching me.”

“And I’ve learned something very important to those people now, and I wish to share this with everyone who’s listening, not just in this theater, but around the world,” she continued. “Ask the question: ‘What. is. your. pronoun.’ Because for a lot of people, it’s really hard, and their pronouns aren’t respected or they’re not asked, and for me I’ve grown and changed over the years in a lot of different ways — I’ve felt misunderstood in different ways. All our hardships are different; I don’t mean to compare; I just mean to say we’re in this together, and I’ve had a million reasons to want to give up, and sometimes if you’re lucky you just need one good reason to stick around.”

The concert was a special invitation-only performance for network subscribers and Pandora listeners and marks the first time the pop star has performed at the iconic venue. The show is also her first in New York City in almost two years.

14 Comments
  1. How would all you cisgender males feel if someone continually referred to you as “her”? Likewise for cisgender females being called “him.” If you’re normal, you wouldn’t like it because the incorrect pronoun describes you incorrectly. It’s the wrong term for who you are.

    Transgender and non-binary individuals can help build awareness of the pronoun issue by addressing it at the beginning of conversations with newly met people. But until children are taught correctly and compassionately about pronouns and gender identification, using non-cisgender pronouns will be unfortunately uncomfortable for many. Corrective change can often be awkward and troublesome. But once you know a person’s identified gender, if using the appropriate pronoun is something you just can’t manage and endorse, you are creating your own discomfort. You can avoid this by paying attention and choosing love.

  2. No one seems to care much anymore about sexual preference anymore, same as with “dope,” aka “medical marijauna.

  3. The gender of your pronouns is determined by your genetic karyotype,not your ego.
    Anyone who treats a transgender identity as if it were valid is a co-conspirator in a fraud.
    This “Lady” has done more than enough to prove that she is gaga…it’s important to disregard her madness,not to subscribe to it!

  4. They can use whatever pronouns they like but I wish they’d stop trying to force me to use them. It’s always all about them. They demand we respect their choices but refuse to respect ours.

    • They demand we respect their choices but refuse to respect ours. So true…ALL are accepted except ones who disagree with lgbtq agenda. For them hate and hostility. Lgbtq shout love for all.without judgement but in reality they are narrow minded, self centered/self righteous as far right groups that they condemn.

        • Well, clearly your kind have your OWN problems with tolerance, given your irrational hate on Mayor Pete at that town hall last week. Glass houses, boy.

  5. LOL…at this pronoun nonsense. How did civilization ever get along before asking everyone their favorite pronoun?

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