Watch Lady Gaga Kick Off U.S. Tour With Fiery Messages About Abortion, LGBTQ Rights

Lady Gaga kicked off the U.S. leg of her Chromatica Ball Tour this week with some pointed messages for lawmakers.

The pop icon paused her Monday evening live performance at Nationals Park in Washington, D.C., to precise her assist for abortion rights following the Supreme Court docket’s June overturn of Roe v. Wade.

Shortly earlier than launching right into a piano-driven efficiency of her 2011 smash, “Edge of Glory,” Gaga informed the gang that she hoped “to dedicate this song to every woman in America” who “now has to worry about her body if she gets pregnant.”

A video of Gaga on stage on the D.C. present sharing her ideas on abortion rights was broadly circulated on social media.

“I pray that this country will speak up, that we will stick together,” she mentioned, as seen within the clip. “We will not stop until it’s right!”

The 13-time Grammy winner, nonetheless, didn’t cease there.

“What about all the women who are raped?” she requested the viewers moments later. “What about all the women that are dying giving childbirth?”

She went on to clarify why she took a second to handle these points throughout her efficiency.

“I didn’t mean to be like a downer,” she continued. “But there’s some shit that’s more important than show business.”

The Supreme Court docket’s ultraconservative rulings on abortion and gun management as of late have sparked justifiable fears amongst many People that LGBTQ rights, together with same-sex marriage, may quickly be rolled again on the federal degree.

Such considerations prompted Gaga, a longtime LGBTQ rights advocate, to make use of a portion of her set to share her ideas on the prospect of the Supreme Court docket reconsidering its stance on marriage equality.

Lady Gaga is presently touring in assist of her 2020 album, “Chromatica.”

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“This might not be the national anthem, but it’s our national anthem,” she reportedly declared earlier than segueing into 2011’s “Born This Way,” a monitor lengthy embraced as a rallying cry for the LGBTQ neighborhood. “They better not try to mess with gay marriage in this country!”

Gaga launched the pandemic-delayed Chromatica Ball Tour earlier than a sold-out crowd in Düsseldorf, Germany, final month. She is going to return to the live performance stage Wednesday with a efficiency at MetLife Stadium in East Rutherford, New Jersey, earlier than hitting San Francisco and Los Angeles, amongst different cities.