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LGBT History Month profile: Singer and performance artist Lady Gaga

via Equality Forum
Wednesday, October 12, 2011

Lady Gaga, Singer
b. March 28, 1986

“I’m just trying to change the world, one sequin at a time.”

Lady Gaga is a world-famous performance artist and singer. She is best known for her chart-topping singles and outrageous costumes. She has had three consecutive best-selling albums and one of the highest-grossing tours.

Lady Gaga

Born Stefani Germanotta, she is the first of two daughters born to working class parents in Yonkers, New York. She describes her younger self as an “artsy, musical-theatre, nerdy girl who got good grades, who learned the tricks of self-reinvention, and [had] a look that veered between a bit too sexy and a bit strange.”

Raised Roman Catholic, she graduated from Convent of the Sacred Heart School before attending New York University’s Tisch School of the Arts. She left the school after two years to work on her musical career. In 2005, she was signed by Def Jam Recording and worked as a songwriter for Britney Spears and The Pussycat Dolls.

Lady Gaga’s persona is derived from her unique, androgynous, vintage-themed fashion sense and constructing her own costumes. In 2008, Gaga produced her first album, “The Fame.” The album has two international hits, “Just Dance” and “Poker Face.” The Fame Ball Tour premiered Lady Gaga’s innovative use of performance art and glam rock to form a multimedia party.

Her second album, “The Fame Monster,” received critical acclaim. The hit song “Bad Romance” earned Lady Gaga two Grammy Awards for Best Female Pop Vocal Performance and Best Short Form Music Video. Her third album, “Born This Way,” topped the charts within days of its release. She has sold 15 million albums and 51 million singles.

Lady Gaga has won five Grammy Awards and holds two Guinness World Records. She was named 2010 Artist of the Year and the top-selling artist of 2010 by Billboard. In 2010, Time magazine named her Most Influential Artist, and in 2011, Forbes listed her among its World’s Most Powerful.

Openly bisexual, Lady Gaga is an outspoken LGBT equality advocate. She spoke at the 2009 National Equality March in Washington, D.C., calling it “the single most important event” of her career. She was a leading activist for the repeal of “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell.” Through her music, concerts and demonstrations, she continues to fight for LGBT rights.

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39 more reader comments:

  1. no, fuck this. she left out the “no matter gay straight or bi” line when she performed on good morning america.

    Posted on Wednesday, October 12, 2011 at 7:26pm
  2. <3

    Posted on Wednesday, October 12, 2011 at 7:27pm
  3. And this is when I decide to not follow this page anymore. She’s so trans-phobic. She DOES NOT REPRESENT THE ENTIRE GAY POPULATION JUST BECAUSE SHE CAME OUT WITH “BORN THIS WAY”. UGH.

    Posted on Wednesday, October 12, 2011 at 7:31pm
  4. I love her! & No, fuck YOU Nicholas . You should know that no matter what she supports her little monsters. Get over it.

    Posted on Wednesday, October 12, 2011 at 7:31pm
  5. Um, Lady Gaga is not transphobic. She loves all communities, including the trans community. The one artist who IS transphobic is Katy Perry. That’s the person who isn’t FULLY supportive.

    Posted on Wednesday, October 12, 2011 at 7:33pm
  6. She needs to come to true colors in CT!!!!

    Posted on Wednesday, October 12, 2011 at 7:36pm
  7. these poor kids don’t even know HOW to hate correctly LOL

    Posted on Wednesday, October 12, 2011 at 7:36pm
  8. no tiffany you have it wrong. she does support the entire community.. it is just some of the spoiled little bitches that do not support her

    Posted on Wednesday, October 12, 2011 at 7:37pm
  9. and you know what tiffany.. I bet Lady Gaga still supports you, and your choice to like or not like her….

    Posted on Wednesday, October 12, 2011 at 7:38pm
  10. I’m with Nicolas and Tiffany. And that’s only part of the bullshit that this woman’s done. Fuck Gaga, I’ve got better people to look up to.

    Posted on Wednesday, October 12, 2011 at 7:39pm
  11. Where is y’alls proof that she’s transphobic? Or is it just unjustifiable dislike of her? If y’all just don’t like her then don’t accuse her of hating members of the LGBT community when she clearly loves everyone in our community.

    Posted on Wednesday, October 12, 2011 at 7:48pm
  12. Well said Matt Gracia :)

    Posted on Wednesday, October 12, 2011 at 7:50pm
  13. Posted on Wednesday, October 12, 2011 at 7:52pm
  14. I’m not crazy about someone whose response to questions about whether or not she’s a transwoman is “My vagina is offended.” Woman =/= vagina.

    Posted on Wednesday, October 12, 2011 at 7:53pm
  15. Ha, she’s doing all this sit for you people and yet you STILL find ways to be ungrateful. She’s done more work for our community than all of us COMBINED. Be grateful she cares so much for us! I hate it when someone reaches out and then stupid people try to bite the hand that feeds us. Get over your arrogant selves!

    Posted on Wednesday, October 12, 2011 at 7:54pm
  16. so you hate someone who has stood up for equal right more then you ahve Julie.. all because you didnt like a flippant answer to a stupid question? Wow – glad to see your priorities are not screwed up…

    Posted on Wednesday, October 12, 2011 at 7:55pm
  17. She’s not transphobic. Jo calderone her male alter ego is one of her ways of support for the transgender and gay ammunity as a whole she is one of the best bi entertainers and gay activists ever!

    Posted on Wednesday, October 12, 2011 at 7:56pm
  18. John dear, how do you know what I’ve done? Just curious.

    Posted on Wednesday, October 12, 2011 at 7:56pm
  19. Lady Gaga is just three-way gay.

    Posted on Wednesday, October 12, 2011 at 7:57pm
  20. I didn’t know Lady Gaga was gay.That’s awesome

    Posted on Wednesday, October 12, 2011 at 7:58pm
  21. Julie you’re an idiot. You obviously don’t understand sarcasm.

    Posted on Wednesday, October 12, 2011 at 7:58pm
  22. And no, I refuse to be grateful to a woman who cuts the line about gender and sexuality out of a performance of the so-called “gay anthem.” I refuse to be grateful to a woman who on more than one occasion (check both links, please) shown transphobic actions. I refuse to support a woman who has insulted and disrespected disabled people. I refuse to drool over a woman who has equated feminism with hating men. I refuse to fangirl about a woman who acts like some big artist but calls art “a big lie.” She is a fraud. She doesn’t support or care about us. She supports and cares about our MONEY.

    Posted on Wednesday, October 12, 2011 at 7:59pm
  23. did you ever think that maybe teh station forced her to do it??? BTW Julie, you offend my penis..

    Posted on Wednesday, October 12, 2011 at 8:00pm
  24. If we really mattered that much to her, she would have insisted on singing the song in its entirety or not at all. Money is her motivation. Not us.

    I’ve made my point. Rage on if you must. I have better things to do.

    Posted on Wednesday, October 12, 2011 at 8:03pm
  25. Julie. Please. Go away. It’s obvious that no wants you here nor cares about your uneducated opinion. You’re the reason people loath our community. Always being so politically correct and shit. Get over yourself!!!

    Posted on Wednesday, October 12, 2011 at 8:06pm
  26. And yeah like John said, they probably forced her to do that at the last minute. She would never intentionally cut that line out of her song. Why else would she have written it???

    Posted on Wednesday, October 12, 2011 at 8:07pm
  27. I don’t get gaga. I
    Mean, is she gay or just supportive?

    Posted on Wednesday, October 12, 2011 at 8:12pm
  28. I dispute the validity of Gaga’s bisexuality, its always felt like part of her act if you ask me, all about the money….

    Posted on Wednesday, October 12, 2011 at 8:13pm
  29. Ok Julie her You and I performance at this years mtv vma’s huge young audience to get her point out about equality. Yeah she’s in it for the fame she’s a master of it and yes money its her career and art is a lie its not reality “its how we wish life could be” to quote vincent minnelli she has great power fame and money but she gives back alot how can you say she doesn’t care?!!!

    Posted on Wednesday, October 12, 2011 at 8:13pm
  30. And Julie what exactly are you doing to help our community hmm?? Did you go on a world tour and donate 20,000 dollars a night to an LGBTQ youth charity? Did you meet with the president to help make a law against anti LGBTQ bullying in schools? Did you collaborate with Mac cosmetics to help raise money and awareness for the the fight against AIDS? Didn’t think so. Sit yo white ass down.

    Posted on Wednesday, October 12, 2011 at 8:13pm
  31. she is self confessed bi. She has slept with women, but never been in love with a woman…

    Posted on Wednesday, October 12, 2011 at 8:15pm
  32. LOL these bitches will never understand. Don’t bite the fucking hand that feeds you!

    Posted on Wednesday, October 12, 2011 at 8:15pm
  33. Lady Gaga talked about it in an interview with Gaultier.. you may still be able to find that interview…

    Posted on Wednesday, October 12, 2011 at 8:17pm
  34. I agree with Matt and John and Kelley. She speaks of love for everyone, and I really dislike people who try to make her out as a bad person because they don’t like her. She’s one of our greatest LGBTQ allies, and hell, I don’t understand why she would be transphobic, especially when she adds “No matter gay, straight or bi, lesbian, TRANSGENDER life.” Why would she put it in if she was transphobic? People, think. If you’re just gonna hate on Gaga then you’re on the wrong post. And if you hate her, why read about her anyways?

    Posted on Wednesday, October 12, 2011 at 8:22pm
  35. People here are really are being ungrateful, she had a HUGE part in my opinion of the repeal of DADT. She had freaking state senators posting on her Twitter. She has influenced an entire generation, and you just don’t like her cause of what you see. Shame on the LGBT here for judging the book for it’s cover. Maybe if you actually watched some of her interviews it’s not all about meat dresses and crab claw high heels.

    Posted on Wednesday, October 12, 2011 at 10:20pm
  36. <33

    Posted on Wednesday, October 12, 2011 at 10:22pm
  37. Haters will be haters I suppose…But I don’t give a damn what people say, Lady GaGa has done ALOT for the LGBT community and this is coming from a Trans person. Get over yourselves, if you don’t like her, don’t read it.

    Posted on Thursday, October 13, 2011 at 2:49am
  38. I am so very disappointed with the posts on here. When the LGBTQ “community” (of which none I see here) is working to educate, to promote equality and ACCEPTANCE, you are here swearing at people who have a different opinion than you and telling them they aren’t wanted here. When someone finds a quote try disagree with, you twist it up and throw it back in their face in a blatant effort to offend and anger them. You all are acting exactly like those we are trying to educate. When someone has a viewpoint different than yours, rarer than being close-minded and hurtful, why don’t you try engaging them in a conversation? “Julie, do you think Gaga could have been joking when she made her vagina comment? Why do you think he is transphobic?” that will get you a lot farther than shutting someone down and ganging up on them. And I must point out that Gaga has donated more money to the cause and was a big public figure it a lot of LGBTQ things, but that’s because she is rich and famous. Not all of us have her status or her money. But ALL of us make a difference in the
    fight; no matter what we do, there is no act greater than the other if we are doing it to defend and raise awareness. We couldn’t fight without public figures like Gaga and she couldn’t do it with out everyday people like us. My point is this: live the message you preach–if you want acceptance, you must give it. And do your part, no matter how small it may seem.

    Posted on Thursday, October 13, 2011 at 8:50am
  39. hey Lady Gaga
    Hey Guys and Gals
    i just want to say that she is an artist and a lot of LGBT people look up to her so stop being ungrateful. if any of you can i would like to ask you to tweet or tell her that one way she could help people is posting a site that young LGBT TEEN can talk freely and maybe meet each other later cause it’s hard being alone and harder coming out or being oneself with homophobic family!!!
    And maybe leave a line where young LGBT teen can call for help or just talk. it’s way easier to live through all the hardship in life if you have someone you feel like you can talk to freely and can give you advices.
    but she should be careful of the site she posts cause some people might try to find a fault in it to put her on dirt

    I don’t want to tweet cause i want to say anonymous for personal reasons.
    there is a site some people give me it might be helpful so here it is :
    http://www.wikihow.com/Deal-With-Homophobic-Parents

    if you want you can post this or tweet this to celibrities or people you know who can help or want to help LGBT people, nobody should have to do everything by themself.
    just in case any of you do post this to others tell them they can give more help by working together then by working individually

    Posted on Tuesday, October 18, 2011 at 10:17am