During her monologue in RuPaul’s Drag Race, Lady Gaga said that the gay men in her life have always helped shape her own self.
“I’m not a gay woman, you know? And [it’s] that touchy sort of subject where – can you stand up for people that you are not necessarily fully part of that community in a way that you can understand what you all go through? But I have always been surrounded by incredibly intelligent, powerful gay men who have lifted me up through lots of changes in my life,” she said. “Becoming famous was very strange and it’s the gay men in my life that helped me become a woman. And I don’t know a lot of people that would understand that but it’s because of what you’ve (been) through – you survived so much that you inspire me to continue surviving.”
Lady Gaga has always been an LGBT advocate, even lounging the Born This Way Foundation in 2012, a nonprofit organization that “is committed to supporting the wellness of young people and empowering them to create a kinder and braver world.”
Recently, Lady Gaga performed at the Super Bowl half time with a subtly political show. In light of the recent immigration travel ban, Lady Gaga sang Woody Guthrie’s “This Land is Your Land,” a song that was popular in many protests after Trump took office.
“The only statements that I’ll be making during the halftime show are the ones that I have been consistently making throughout my career,” she said prior to the performance. “I believe in a passion for inclusion. I believe in the spirit of equality and the spirit of this country. It’s the one of love and compassion and kindness. So my performance will uphold those philosophies.”
Lady Gaga will also be taking the headlining spot at Coachella in light of Beyonce announcing she will following her doctor’s advice to not perform as she will be in her third trimester with twins. Coachella will take place April 14-16 and April 21-23 in Indio, Calif.