Everything was coming up Lady Gaga on Sunday (May 23) in West Hollywood when the town celebrated its new official holiday, “Born This Way Day.” The official civic holiday celebrating the cultural impact of the landmark album the singer released on May 23, 2011, including a street mural and the presentation of a key to the city by W. Hollywood mayor Lindsey P. Horvath.
“Born This Way, my song and album, were inspired by Carl Bean, a gay black religious activist who preached, sung and wrote about being ‘Born This Way,'” Gaga wrote in an Instagram post celebrating her new holiday. “Notably his early work was in 1975, 11 years before I was born. Thank you for decades of relentless love, bravery, and a reason to sing. So we can all feel joy, because we deserve joy. Because we deserve the right to inspire tolerance, acceptance, and freedom for all.”
The kick-off the the city’s Pride season included Horvath handing Gaga a commemorative key and telling the singer, “Thank you for encouraging us to love ourselves and be proud!” The ceremony included the unveiling of a block-long street mural celebrating the LGBQIA+ with a colorful rendering of the album/song title in rainbow colors.
“Thank you for this key, you’ve been… I’m sure this will sound cheesy to some people, not to me, but you’ve been the motherf—ing key to my heart for a long time,” a dark-haired Gaga told the cheering crowd upon excepting the city’s honor. “I’ll honor this, I’ll cherish this and I promise that I’ll always be here for this day.
Check out Gaga’s post below.
Born This Way, my song and album, were inspired by Carl Bean, a gay black religious activist who preached, sung and wrote about being “Born This Way.” Notably his early work was in 1975, 11 years before I was born. pic.twitter.com/92oIuPQYHs
— Lady Gaga (@ladygaga) May 24, 2021
Lady Gaga is currently giving a speech about Born This Way in West Hollywood. pic.twitter.com/zt9WODGvF1
— Lady Gaga Now ☕️🥄 (@ladygaganownet) May 23, 2021