Lady Gaga--who famously revealed to Barbara Walters in her 2009 "Most Interesting People" interview that she herself is bisexual, and whose hit "Poker Face" dealt with that topic--has long been an outspoken advocate for the LGBT community. She's appeared on the cover of Out magazine, marched for gay rights in D.C., received a GLAAD Award for Outstanding Musical Artist, and headlined/hosted a benefit concert for marriage equality, among other activist activities. When she picked up her moonman at last year's MTV Video Music Awards, she proudly held it aloft and declared, "This is for God and the gays," and at this year's VMAs, she revealed that the title of her next album will be Born This Way. And now Gaga is getting even more political, addressing the U.S. government's "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" military policy in an outspoken new video posted this week on her website.
"I am here to be a voice for my generation," Gaga declares in the video, in which she appears in an uncharacteristically sedate suit and tie (a far cry from her notorious VMAs "meat dress") in front of an American flag. "Not the generation of the Senators who are voting, but for the youth of this country, the generation that is affected by this law and whose children will be affected."
Gaga--who, incidentally, appeared with members of the Servicemembers Defense Legal Network on the VMAs white carpet last Sunday--directly addresses Senators John McCain of Arizona, Mitch McConnell of Kentucky, James Inhofe of Oklahoma, and Jeff Sessions of Alabama in the clip, as well as Senate majority leader Harry Reid, with whom she conversed about "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" on Twitter earlier this week. "We are not asking you to agree with or approve the moral implications of homosexuality, we're asking you to do your job, to protect the constitution," she explains. "As majority leader Harry Reid said, anyone who is willing to fight for this country should have the same civil opportunities to do so as anyone else."
At the end of Gaga's passionate plea, she unsuccessfully tries to phone New York Senator Charles Schumer, then says, "I will not stop calling until I reach them and I can leave them this message: 'I am a constituent of the Senator, my name is Stefani Joanne Angelina Germanotta, also known as Lady Gaga. I'm calling to ask the Senator to vote with Senators Reid and Levin to repeal 'Don't Ask, Don't Tell' and oppose John McCain's shameless filibuster. We need to do this for our gay and lesbian soldiers, and finally repeal 'Don't Ask, Don't Tell.'" She concludes by asking her fans to call their own Senators.
"Don't Ask, Don't Tell," a law that went into effect in 1993 under the Clinton administration, prevents gays from serving openly in the U.S. armed forces. The Defense Authorization Bill is now up for vote in the Senate, and Senators McConnell and McCain have decried it because its includes of a repeal of "DADT."
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