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Soldiers Impacted Under 'DADT' Accompany Lady Gaga to VMAs


I snapped this screenshot a few minutes ago, as Lady Gaga appeared on the VMAs white carpet with the  Mike Almy, former U.S. Air Force Major discharged under the military's "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" policy; Stacy Vasquez, former U.S. Army Sgt. First Class discharged under DADT; Katie Miller, a top West Point cadet who resigned in August in protest to DADT; and David Hall, former U.S. Air Force Staff Sgt. discharged under DADT.

Said  Aubrey Sarvis, Army veteran and executive director of Servicemembers Legal Defense Network about the appearance:

"Lady Gaga’s recognition of these fine patriots casts a spotlight on the unjust burden that ‘Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell’ imposes upon the brave men and women who defend our country every day, and further underscores why the Senate must swiftly act to get rid of this despicable law for good. With expected votes on the Senate floor later this month, advocates of open service still have time to contact both their senators and urge them to show support for all our veterans by voting to end DADT."

Lady Gaga tweeted: "Silks, fabrics, shoes + jewels, fashion dreams + breaking rules. Real heroes on my arm, tonight, is for us monsters, and our fight. X"

Upon accepting the award for Best Female Video for "Bad Romance", Gaga again drew attention to DADT, thanking the "discharged soldiers" (below) who came with her, adding, "And thank you to all the gays for remaking this video over and over again."

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  1. Go gaga! She stands up for gay rights in public places way more than any other top music artist

    Posted by: beegee | Sep 12, 2010 9:37:43 PM

  2. What does Chris Armstrong have to do with this story?

    Kudos to Gaga for being a REAL "fierce advocate" for equal rights.

    Posted by: Jacknasty | Sep 12, 2010 9:37:43 PM

  3. She's definitely a gutsy artist: she has also stood up to speak out against Arizona's racist immigration law

    Posted by: Reg825 | Sep 12, 2010 10:04:49 PM

  4. Too bad Dan Choi couldn't have been there. Go Gaga!!!

    Posted by: terry | Sep 12, 2010 10:06:20 PM

  5. Thank you, Gaga!

    Posted by: drake onian | Sep 12, 2010 10:09:27 PM

  6. Lady gaga is my gay icon. No other artist has ever embraced our community like she has AND been so successful doing it. She knows that her "gays" helped get her to where she is! Also, she put on the best concert I have ever seen.

    Posted by: Mike | Sep 12, 2010 10:15:32 PM

  7. I'd looove to see how the "NO ONE EVER DOES ENOUGH FOR OUR COMMUNITY" group of bitter hags will spin this one.

    Posted by: Robert | Sep 12, 2010 10:24:43 PM

  8. Gaga is absolutely fantastic. I mean, look at all she's done for equality. Amazing? Agreed. :)♥

    Posted by: Nemo Wolfe | Sep 12, 2010 10:29:16 PM

  9. "Too bad Dan Choi couldn't have been there."

    He was not invited.

    Posted by: Rob G. | Sep 12, 2010 10:51:44 PM

  10. Ladies:

    This is beating a dead horse,but: One of the prime directives in achieving full civil rights is breaking down STEREOTYPES; a contrived entertainer who dresses and acts like a flamboyant,bondage themed male cross dresser doesn't achieve this.

    Show a little self-respect for yourselves and other gay men and woman.

    Posted by: ratbastard | Sep 12, 2010 10:54:39 PM

  11. oh my god, Gaga's hair style is so fashion and cute, maybe she can be the symble of the newest fashion in some aspect.

    Posted by: cheap guild wars 2 gold | Sep 12, 2010 11:06:46 PM

  12. "Show a little self-respect for yourselves and other gay men and woman"

    You first.

    Posted by: Clifw | Sep 12, 2010 11:09:31 PM

  13. THIS is who you should be applauding!! Not some dumb ass porn person...or mindless idiot who takes hot shirt off or shows his ass...this is GUTS...and heart!

    Posted by: shannon | Sep 12, 2010 11:20:44 PM

  14. Barry lets us down.

    Gaga picks us up.

    Posted by: David Ehrenstein | Sep 12, 2010 11:29:55 PM

  15. Too bad the VMA's haven't aired here in Los Angeles yet - thanks for the spoiler.

    Posted by: Craig | Sep 12, 2010 11:46:39 PM

  16. Seriously Craig, shut the fuck up. If you're that worried about spoilers for the fucking VMAs, stay off the Internet until your precious self has watched them. don't expect the rest of the world to stop spinning for you.

    Posted by: Dan | Sep 12, 2010 11:56:34 PM

  17. You totally forgot to mention she was wearing Alexander McQueen. She looked FIERCE. She totally rocked it. She is an inspiration!

    Posted by: Kyle | Sep 13, 2010 12:02:34 AM

  18. Gaga looks great. I like when she has straight (normalish) blonde hair and we can actually see her face.

    And good on her for doing this. I like that she's not afraid to bring on the politics.

    Posted by: Joe | Sep 13, 2010 12:13:46 AM

  19. Gaga looked amazing, spoke eloquently and was -as always- so very supportive of the gays. to her i have only two words: thank you.

    Posted by: NICHOLAS | Sep 13, 2010 12:15:59 AM

  20. um, Madonna did this stuff in the 1980s when it was considered taboo. CaCa is a no-talent hack using gays cause she can't make it alone on her musical skills.

    Posted by: JonTjhan | Sep 13, 2010 12:53:34 AM

  21. "CaCa is a no-talent hack using gays cause she can't make it alone on her musical skills."

    Have you sent your resume to Fox News yet?

    Posted by: Ryan | Sep 13, 2010 1:11:13 AM

  22. Also noteworthy: Her intro to her new song - I think it was something like "I was made this way". She's no flash in the pan - she's one of us! It's amazing that someone who is apparently [?] not a homo seems to understand us so well [and i dont mean as a demographic]. She has provided me with a wonderful oppportunity for me to connect with my gay son. For that I am forever grateful.

    Posted by: Ted | Sep 13, 2010 1:13:31 AM

  23. Where is John Lennon's killer when we need him? Seriously, why can't CaCa die of a drug overdose already. She can't sing and she plays the same piano bars over and over. Gays who fall for her act are pretty dumb.

    Posted by: Samore | Sep 13, 2010 1:16:13 AM

  24. Let's don't forget that CYNDI LAUPER is also been doing a LOT for Equal RIghts! Cyndi's record company decided not to promote her albums because she supports Gay Rights! Cyndi deserves recognition for standing up for us since the 80's. I love Gaga and I truly admire Cyndi for being gutsy and for supporting us for so long!

    Posted by: Josh | Sep 13, 2010 1:26:11 AM

  25. There is a difference. Cyndi Lauper has something CaCa doesn't have--it's called talent. Plus, Cyndi truly cares about Gays. For CaCa, it's all a publicity stunt.

    Posted by: Samore | Sep 13, 2010 1:36:32 AM

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