Lady Gaga makes surprise appearance outside Stonewall Inn

Exactly 50 years to the day after the 1969 Stonewall uprising, pop icon and longtime LGBTQ advocate Lady Gaga made a surprise appearance outside the now-historic space.

“I love you so, so much. Happy World Pride,” Gaga said as she took the stage in front of thousands of New Yorkers and visitors from around the world who gathered for Pride Live’s Stonewall Day Concert on Friday afternoon. “Happy 50th anniversary of Stonewall. This is a historic day. You should be so, so proud of yourself.”

Lady Gaga speaks onstage during Pride Live’s 2019 Stonewall Day in New York on June 28, 2019.Jamie McCarthy / Getty Images for Pride Live

Gaga said she was overwhelmed and wondered how she could inspire the crowd the way they’ve inspired her.

“Look around you. Look at what you have done,” the Grammy-winning artist said. “You are the definition of courage, do you know that?”

Referring to LGBTQ veterans such as Marsha P. Johnson, Sylvia Rivera, Harvey Milk and Audre Lorde — all of whom were integral in establishing the current rights movement — Lady Gaga said she is committed to continue their fight for equality and called for others to do the same.

“It is said that those who threw the first brick on that historic night were members of the trans community,” the performer, who founded the anti-bullying nonprofit, the Born This Way Foundation, said. But, she added, “we find ourselves also at a time when attacks against the trans community” are at unacceptable levels. “I will not tolerate this, and guess what? I know neither will you,” she added.