This passionate speech by Lady Gaga about correct pronouns is everything: ‘We’re in this together’

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Lady Gaga is, as we know the ultimate ally, and once urged fans to asks people what pronouns they use in an impassioned speech about LGBT+ equality.

The long-time supporter of LGBT+ rights made the comments in a fired-up and articulate speech at a concert in New York City back in 2019; it’s an amazing, important message that has stood the test of time, and it’s well worth remembering.

Lady Gaga: Ask people what pronouns they use

She said: “I have learned so much over the years from all my fans. I feel so blessed, thank you for showing me and teaching me.

“I’ve learned something very important to those people now, and I wish to share this with everyone who’s listening, not just in this theatre, but around the world.

“Ask the question: ‘What is your pronoun?’

“Because for a lot of people, it’s really hard, and their pronouns aren’t respected or they’re not asked, and for me I’ve grown and changed over the years in a lot of different ways — I’ve felt misunderstood in different ways.

“All our hardships are different; I don’t mean to compare; I just mean to say we’re in this together, and I’ve had a million reasons to want to give up, and sometimes if you’re lucky you just need one good reason to stick around.”

Most people use the pronouns “he/him,” “she/her” or “they/them,” but it’s always better to ask people about the pronoun they prefer, rather than just make a guess based on their assumed gender presentation.

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