Mother Monster took the podium and emphasized how the support of her gay fans and friends has meant a lot to her. Gaga then sang her own rendition of “The Star-Spangled Banner.” Watch!
In her speech, Gaga said she was an outcast in school but found a place with a “particular crowd who did accept me.” She continued, "You saved me, my friends in the LGBT community, time and time again. And I saw God for the first real time in all of you. You understood my need to hide behind the wigs, the glasses, the glamour, the clothing -- the fantasy that set me free. My passion for theatre, my passion for art, my worth as a woman."
Gaga later tweeted, "We stand tall today.#DomaStruckDown So many fought for so long. Be proud, the prejudice are now the minority."