Lady Gaga Makes First Public Appearance Following Surgery, Sings National Anthem At NYC Pride

Lady Gaga made her first public appearance on Friday since being sidelined by a hip surgery in February (which forced her to cancel her tour).

The “Born This Way” singer, 27, stepped out to celebrate a cause near and dear to her heart: Gay Pride Parade’s Kick Off Rally in New York City.

Gaga wore a sleek, sleeveless, black bodysuit with her shoulder-length blond hair parted in the center as she delivered a speech to the crowd.

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“I would like to thank everyone from the Supreme Court to every legislator and political leader that has ever stood with us,” she said. “I am so fortunate to have been welcomed by all of you into the LGBT community and to this family… Our evolution as LGBT citizens always continues to change and we see that the further we are able to reveal and share our lives, the further we move into the hearts and minds of other Americans.”

Gaga also thanked the LGBT community for helping her find her spirituality, after years of being an “outcast” at school had left her in pain.

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“I’ve always had… this strange relationship with God. I didn’t know if God was real or what God meant,” she said to the crowd. “I certainly didn’t know what he meant to America and it was because I felt so damaged, so destroyed, so degraded by those kids at school, by my own psychological struggles. My body. The men in the business who only wanted me for sex, money, as I tried to keep a famous face and carry on.

“But then it was you that saved me. You saved me, my friends in the LGBT community time and time again,” she continued. “And I saw God for the first real time in all of you. You were sent to me like angels to protect me and to save me. It was you who understood my need to hide behind the wigs, the glasses, the glamour, the clothing … I get to see God every day when I’m with you.”

After her speech, the singer waved a pride flag and sang the National Anthem.

-- Erin O’Sullivan

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