The mayor of West Hollywood announced Born This Way Day In The City Of West Hollywood
Grammy-award-winning singer Lady Gaga made an appearance in West Hollywood as local leaders gave her a key to the city as the mayor officially declared May 23 as Born This Way Day.
The honor comes at the 10-year anniversary mark of Gaga’s Born This Way album’s release, which hails a message of LGBTQ pride and self-worth.
“Thank you for decades of relentless love, bravery, and a reason to sing,” Gaga tweeted. “So we can all feel joy, because we deserve joy. Because we deserve the right to inspire tolerance, acceptance, and freedom for all.”
“You’ve been the motherf—–g key to my heart for a long time,” the A Star Is Born actor told the audience, who cheered for her. “I’ll honor this and I’ll cherish this, and I promise that I’ll always be here for this day … to celebrate with you. To feel joy with you, to cry with you, to laugh with you. Because you know what we are? We’re poets and we’re just talking to each other.”
Mayor Lindsey P. Horvath said, according to the WeHo Times, that “through her music and activism, Lady Gaga has become a cultural icon for our generation.”
It appears Lady Gaga stuck around to dance with her fans as her song Sour Candy blasted over the loudspeakers.
“The anthem Born This Way has become an out-and-proud declarative stance for countless LGBTQ people. The Born This Way Foundation fosters honest conversations about mental health with young people and seeks to eradicate the stigma around mental health struggles. I’m overjoyed to declare today ‘Born This Way Day’ and, on behalf of the entire City Council, give a Key to the City to Lady Gaga as we launch Pride this year in West Hollywood!”
Gaga later uploaded pics on Instagram from the event, showing the Born This Way street art installation and revealing more about the purpose behind her 2011 Born This Way release.
“Born This Way, my song and album, were inspired by Carl Bean, a gay black religious activist who preached, sung and wrote about being ‘Born This Way.’ Notably his early work was in 1975, 11 years before I was born. Thank you for decades of relentless love, bravery, and a reason to sing,” Gaga wrote in the caption. “So we can all feel joy, because we deserve joy. Because we deserve the right to inspire tolerance, acceptance, and freedom for all.”