Today I would like to honor and pay tribute to Stefani Joanne Angelina Germanotta, better known as Lady Gaga. Gaga identifies as bisexual, a group that often is misunderstood or neglected. TSM tries to focus on issues around social justice and LGBT issues; Lady Gaga falls into both categories and deserves to be celebrated for her highly visible and fierce dedication to civil rights.
Her detractors leave me nonplussed. I don’t see many 25 year olds, or many people in general today, who are willing to take serious risks and stand up for a population that is marginalized. Gaga took a very strong stand for LGBT rights. She defended Adam Lambert from a homophobic attack, and she joined the fight against the discriminatory DADT policy. She organized a rally to repeal DADT and offered a wonderful speech regarding discrimination.
I was particularly impressed with the stand she took against Target. What other celebrity would break a contract to stand by their convictions? And of course, her latest album Born This Way, which was so compelling that my husband and I actually bought the album. We have not purchased any music in years. Many of the songs on Born This Way address inequality and discrimination. The song Americano is about two women who are in love. I also love that the song addresses immigration rights and I certainly don’t see a lot of folks talking about immigration discrimination! While I like the lyrics, I have to admit I really also enjoy the music. II thank Lady Gaga for her advocacy, her visibility, and her courage.