[artist id="3061469"]Lady Gaga[/artist] has long been an outspoken supporter of the LGBT community, proudly discussing her own bisexuality and accepting her Best New Artist VMA with the pronouncement, "It's for God and for the gays." This weekend in Washington, D.C., the pop star shared the stage with President Obama at a Human Rights Campaign event on Saturday night and took part in Sunday's National Equality March.
Her reasons for taking such an active role in the fight for gay rights, Gaga explained, stretch back to childhood. "All my friends growing up were gay, and tonight was a very, very special moment for all of us, and I respect and love everyone that works with HRC and wanted to be a representative for the young community of gay men and women, transgendered and bisexual, that will be coming tomorrow to march," she said in an interview with OURsceneTV after Obama's speech, in which he renewed his call to end the military's controversial "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" policy.
Asked if she believed the president would follow through on his pledge, Gaga said, "I know he will."
"[The HRC event] was about the march and about the future and about reform and legislation, and President Obama gave us an incredible, incredible speech where he really, really took a stand against hatred and inequality," the singer explained.
Earlier in the evening, Gaga performed a cover of John Lennon's "Imagine," changing some of the lyrics and delivering a tribute to Matthew Shepard, the slain gay college student whose murder spurred on the movement for hate-crime legislation.
Gaga also addressed her VMA speech in the interview. Who did she thank more, God or the gay community? "I thank them both equally because they made one another," she said. "For me, the gay community has been the most loyal and wonderful support of not only my career, but as friends to me my entire life."