Making her first public appearance since undergoing hip surgery, superstar Lady Gaga helped kick off the festivities at the NYC Gay Pride Rally on Friday, celebrating the Supreme Court's overturning of the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA).

NYC Pride Rally: Lady Gaga Celebrates, Sings National Anthem
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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."

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