Lady Gaga has been speaking to the BBC about the threat facing LGBTI people with the election of Donald Trump as President.
The ‘Perfect Illusion’ singer was in London night to play at an exclusive gig at the Westfield shopping mall in West London – to which a lucky few fans could attend via a ticket lottery.
Interviewed before the show, she said, ‘What is very important to me is that the LGBT community in America knows that myself as well as members that love the LGBTQ community are going to do everything we can to protect the social progress we made over the last eight years.
‘The truth is that political progress cannot happen unless there is social progress.
‘We need to stay in a kind place and we need to bond during this time and be as harmonious as possible, and intelligent in the way we approach this.
‘I’ve done a lot in my career and I’m sure there’s many people that would say “Lady Gaga’s no role model. Did you see this performance? Did you see that performance?
‘But the truth is that when I was younger, I didn’t quite understand the amount of attention that I had, the amount of people that would listen to me.
‘I’m older now and I am aware of my voice in the world and I want to be as much of a role model as I can be through my music as well as my performance, and on Joanne [her recent album release], I wanted to create music that, when you hear it, it feels like a warm hug… from your sister, your friend. Somebody who is a human being who really loves you.’
Watch her comments, and a clip of her performance, below.
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Lady Gaga was a vocal supporter of Hillary Clinton’s campaign to be President, and took part in protest rallies in New York when it became apparent Donald Trump had won the election.
She has spoken out previously of her support for LGBTI rights globally, and spent last week’s Black Friday visiting and performing at the Ali Forney Center in Brooklyn: an organization that works with LGBTQ homeless teenagers.