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Lady Gaga steps out in support of LGBT community

New York, Jun 30, 2013 (PTI): 15:02 IST
FILE - This Dec. 15, 2012 file photo shows singer Lady Gaga performing at the Prudential Center in Newark, N.J. Live Nation Global Touring announced on Wednesday, Feb. 13, 2013 that the singer has canceled the remainder of her tour due to a hip injury that will require surgery. AP photo
Pop star Lady Gaga surprised fans at Gay Pride kick-off rally, where she made her first official public appearance since her hip surgery.

The 27-year-old 'Judas' singer took to the stage at the New York City event and gave a passionate speech in support of the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender community, reported Huffington Post.

Gaga has been avoiding the public eye since cancelling her 'Born This Way Ball' world tour to undergo surgery for a labral tear on her right hip in February, which left her temporarily wheelchair-bound.

Waving a rainbow flag in the air, Gaga broke into an acappella rendition of the National Anthem during her surprise on-stage appearance, which came the same day as an appeals court in California ruled that same-sex marriages in the state can begin immediately.

"I'm here tonight to honour my heroes and luckily I have many to look up to - and many to look at tonight ... We want nothing less than every other American," Gaga told the crowd.

"We are not a niche, we are part - a big giant part - of humanity. We are the continuum. We are ongoing. We continue the spirit of the first official Gay rally in 1970 in New York, one year after Stonewall.

"And although this weekend is a time for victory, I am a citizen of New York and I demand the right to safe streets; the violence that has taken place against LGBTs is unacceptable, here and anywhere. Enough is enough."

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