Lady Gaga has been out of the public eye since canceling her world tour and undergoing hip surgery in February, but Friday night found her stepping back into the spotlight in a celebratory mood. In the wake of this week’s historic Supreme Court rulings in favor of marriage equality, Gaga helped launch New York’s Gay Pride Parade by speaking at a kick-off rally at Pier 26.
“I would like to thank everyone from the Supreme Court to every legislator and political leader that has ever stood with us,” she said, according to Us Weekly. “I am so fortunate to have been welcomed by all of you into the LGBT community and to this family. . . . Our evolution as LGBT citizens always continues to change and we see that the further we are able to reveal and share our lives, the further we move into the hearts and minds of other Americans.”
Lady Gaga then went on to sing an a cappella rendition of the “Star Spangled Banner,” making one stirring change to the lyrics: “Oh say does that star-spangled flag of pride yet wave. . . .”