Lady can-she-bail-’em? Gaga sets target, demands retailer hit it

February 20, 2011 at 9:34 am 89 comments

I must admit when I first saw the Target partnership on her website around the release of her new single, I was thinking sell-out. This turned out to be positive, in its way. -Adam

Cross-posted at Good as You

By Jeremy Hooper

Screen Shot 2011-02-18 At 7.07.28 PmGaga making a certain megastore’s big ass packs of paper towel safe for gay wallets? Yes, says the “Born This Way” singer/in-egg traveler.

This from the Advocate, quoting Billboard:

In an exclusive interview with the music publication [Billboard magazine], Gaga reveals she wasn’t comfortable with the Target partnership when it first came up as a possibility and that she met with “the entire executive staff” at the company.

“That discussion was one of the most intense conversations I’ve ever had in a business meeting,” Gaga says. “Part of my deal with Target is that they have to start affiliating themselves with LGBT charity groups and begin to reform and make amends for the mistakes they’ve made in the past … our relationship is hinged upon their reform in the company to support the gay community and to redeem the mistakes they’ve made supporting those [antigay] groups.”

Gaga Talks About Target Partnership [Advocate]

Hmm. Definitely interesting. And certainly intriguing to those boycott-happy gays who’ve yet to find a suitable, one-stop alternative for all their razor blade/”Blossom”: The Complete 1st Season/Febreze//printer ink/Starbucks-on-the-way-out needs.

And if Gaga’s powers of pro-LGBT reform do work their intended wonders? Someone send her to the Republican National Committee, stat!

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  • 1. Marc  |  February 20, 2011 at 9:37 am

    Is there anything Gaga won’t use for self-.promotion?

    That phony makes me sick.

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    • 2. AnonyGrl  |  February 20, 2011 at 10:41 am

      Self promotion? Yes. I agree completely. Music? Not so much as far as I am concerned, but that is just a matter of taste. Phony? Certainly. That persona is entirely created to be so in order to sell CDs.

      But in the end, so what?

      I love her because she does what WE do… she uses what she has to help the LGBT cause because she actually cares about it. If I could accomplish 1/100th of what she can, it would be amazing. And she can because she is a self-promoted star. So while I am not a huge fan of her music, (although I do enjoy the spectacle of the costumes, and will watch the videos with the sound off) I can only say to her “Thanks!”

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      • 3. JC (1 of the 18,000 in CA)  |  February 20, 2011 at 11:00 am

        I love it! Why not use her celeb power to pressure Target? Our boycott hasn’t exactly done much that I know of. Engagement is a valid strategy. (And kudos to Jeremy for a wonderfully written post. I laughed out loud at the description of us bereft Target boycotters ;-)

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      • 4. Rhie  |  February 20, 2011 at 1:09 pm

        Seriously. I can’t complain about a celebrity actually using that celebrity for a good cause.

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    • 5. windrider2  |  February 20, 2011 at 10:59 am

      Excuse me, but EVERY ARTIST does self-promotion for their albums. EVERY ARTIST. Aggressively promoting equality for LGBTs is not self-promotion, it’s promoting justice for all. And I see nothing wrong with telling a potential retailer that if their business practices run counter to what she believes in, they don’t get the deal. It would be wonderful if more music artists would take the same stand on their beliefs

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      • 6. Rhie  |  February 20, 2011 at 1:11 pm

        Right. Just because she benefits from promoting with Target doesn’t mean she is doing it to get benefits. Even if is she is, well, if we kicked out everyone who helped the LGBT with mixed motives we wouldn’t have anyone left.

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  • 7. Ronnie  |  February 20, 2011 at 9:53 am

    YAY!!!!!!…..Lady Gaga!!!!….That authentic advocate for Equality makes me vigorous…..<3…Ronnie:

    "No matter gay, straight or bi, lesbian, transgendered life…I'm on the right track baby…I was born to survive"

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    • 8. Ronnie  |  February 20, 2011 at 9:54 am

      & don’t forget to check the box…<3…Ronnie

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    • 9. Gregory in Salt Lake City  |  February 21, 2011 at 6:09 am

      Yay to Gaga! and Yay to Ronnie! thank you for High Quality link of this performance. I was frustrated trying to find one day after the grammys..

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      • 10. Ronnie  |  February 22, 2011 at 1:26 pm

        True, most of the vids were not the greatest quality…..You’re welcome….<3…Ronnie

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    • 11. Carpool Cookie  |  February 21, 2011 at 2:40 pm

      Hell, I don’t care if it’s a little reminiscent of Express Yourself…(which I like a bit more, musically)…but that song is decades old and this one has an even cooler message.

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  • 12. Linda  |  February 20, 2011 at 9:54 am

    Money is power; and right now, Lady Gaga equals tons of money. So if she’s using that to our advantage as well as hers….more power to her. It will be interesting to see how this plays out.

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  • 13. tim  |  February 20, 2011 at 10:11 am

    Target is one of the most gay friendly companies around. The false outrage over a single donation is beyond moronic. Lady Gaga is speaking from complete ignorance on this topic.

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    • 14. Ronnie  |  February 20, 2011 at 10:17 am

      Target donated to an organization that is anti-LGBT on every level, an organization that supports a politician that supports a band that promotes murder of LGBT people…Lady Gaga is not the one showing ignorance on this topic….. : I …Ronnie

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    • 15. Michelle Evans  |  February 20, 2011 at 12:06 pm

      It was more than one donation by Target. That’s what the problem was. Both Target and Best Buy made large donations to anti-LGBT candidate Emmers. When the donations were made public, there was obvious outrage. The CEO at Best Buy apologized for what had occurred and made no further contributions. The CEO of Target apologized–then went out and made additional anti-LGBT contributions!! Huge difference, and thus the reason most of us decided it was time to try and send a message to Target by boycotting them.

      Lady Gaga has power, and she is using it to promote pro-LGBT issues on a rather big scale. She is getting seen and heard, and people are taking action because of her influence. Sales of her CD can amount to as lot of money for Target, and they understand this. They are now taking action to fix their past anti-LGBT actions.

      In a way, you could call this business deal as blackmail against Target, but I have no problem with that if it wakes them up that being anti-equality is bad for their business. Regardless of what anyone might think of her music, Lady Gaga is using her power to help us in a big way–and for that I will always completely give her my support in return.

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      • 16. Dave in ME  |  February 20, 2011 at 2:19 pm

        But was it really anti-LGBT donations? One thing that I have been very uncomfortable with over the past couple of decades is the notion that some people in our community think that EVERYTHING a business does MUST be done to benefit us. And if something is done that might somehow not benefit us, then the first instinct is to boycott.

        Has anyone explained why these donations were made to this candidate? Was it to keep us down or to help Target? Can we fault Target for supporting a candidate that helps it? How anti-gay is this candidate?

        The problem is that so many times all I hear is “he’s anti-gay!” or “boycott them!” without much explanation. I can look things up and find out for myself (as I have done many times in the past on these issues), but the call to arms without full explanation worries me. It’s as if we’re supposed to just blindly follow these things without asking why and without disagreeing.

        As for Lady Gaga-she seems alright. That was an interesting interview 60 Minutes had with her last week. She seems genuine and real.

        I will say that this new song reminds me of “Express Yourself” and “Vogue” an awful lot. But it has a good beat and you can dance to it!

        Dave in Maine

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        • 17. Ronnie  |  February 20, 2011 at 2:36 pm

          Target donated to a politician affiliated with a Christian rock band that promotes hanging gay people…

          “These are nice people,” Emmer said of the band, who have appeared at various Minnesota GOP functions, from statewide conventions to political candidate soirées.

          Look up the band & read the articles…”nice” is the polar opposite of what these people are…. : I …Ronnie

          Target’s $150,000 Donation To Fund Anti-Gay Politics
          http://news.change.org/stories/targets-150000-donation-to-fund-anti-gay-politics

          The Minnesota Republican Party’s Dubious Ties to Gay Bashing Musicians
          http://news.change.org/stories/the-minnesota-republican-partys-dubious-ties-to-gay-bashing-musicians

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        • 18. Rhie  |  February 20, 2011 at 2:41 pm

          Businesses don’t have to do things specifically to aid the LGBT rights cause to get my support. They DO have to not do things that HURT the LGBT cause. Boycotting companies that give money to organizations or people that hurt LGBT causes is a perfectly reasonable response. Whether the donations were given with the specific intent to hurt LGBT is irrelevant. The fact is that it did. So, we sent a message with a boycott. Lady GAGA is sending a message with her sponsorship deal.

          Public pressure gets things done. Enlightened self interest is a powerful motive. If a company feels that they will lose money by acting against certain groups, they won’t. If they feel they will gain profit by fighting for social groups they will. It’s pretty simple. It’s also entirely appropriate to take advantage of that for the side of good. Gods know the other side does it ALL the time.

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          • 19. Michelle Evans  |  February 20, 2011 at 3:00 pm

            I absolutely agree. Business is business, and as long as they are not specifically anti-LGBT, the so be it. Once they go after LGBT rights, that is a different story altogether.

            Just like with churches and the thousands of religions out there. Every single person can believe exactly what they want to believe–up to the point where they start taking away my rights to believe what I want to believe and be who I am.

            The difference with Target, as I mentioned previously, is that once it was pointed out to them how they had offended the LGBT community, the CEO went out and did it again! That’s what made it bad. Best Buy did not do that, Target did. That’s when they crossed the line.

        • 20. Sheryl, Mormon Mother of a wonderful son who just happens to be gay  |  February 20, 2011 at 8:57 pm

          You make some very good points. I compare it to NOM wanting people to believe that the only reason Republicans won over Democrats in places like NH is because of same-sex marriage rights. When, in my opinion, there were most likely many other issues that were more important to voters.

          It is also how I came to support marriage equality, looking things up for myself. Evevn with a gay son, I was perfectly content with the LGBT community having CUs or DPs until I took the time to research. I then realized that there was very little that was equal. I don’t care if they give all of the same state rights, a couple has to go thru way more to get a CU or DP than a straight couple goes thru to get a marriage license and then there are still so many issues (the cost of health insurance, moving to another state, etc.). Nope, this will not do. There needs to be full equality. And for those people who are so concerned about polygamy, etc., that can easily be taken care of by the phrase, two consenting adults.

          OK, off of that soapbox. All I really know about Lady Gaga is what I’ve learned here. But if her deal with Target brings attention to the LGBT community and how unfairly the members of this community are treated, then that is terrific.

          Sheryl, Mormon Mother

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      • 21. Gregory in Salt Lake City  |  February 21, 2011 at 6:36 am

        Good insight! I support this kind of bullying!
        @In a way, you could call this business deal as blackmail against Target…

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      • 22. Jim  |  February 22, 2011 at 5:39 pm

        Target CEO Gregg Steinhafel and Steinhafel’s wife in 2010 contributed $19,600 to U.S. Rep. Michelle (gay is a “sexual dysfunction”) Bachmann. You can see the political contributions by searching for “Steinhafel” here: http://fec.gov/finance/disclosure/norindsea.shtml

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  • 23. Carpool Cookie  |  February 20, 2011 at 10:29 am

    She’s the only celebrity I’ve ever heard of who’s totally thrown herself and her career behind a cause like that. I’m rather in awe.

    I barely know her music, but I do love her dedication!

    SASSY!

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    • 24. Cat  |  February 20, 2011 at 10:53 am

      The piece on 60 minutes on Lady Gaga did change my mind about her. Although she seems quite talented I don’t care much for her music and didn’t pay attention to what she was up to, but in the interview she showed that she knows her stuff as far as the music and entertainment industry is concerned, and I like her frankness. I’m glad she’s on our side. There must be many teenagers who listen to what she has to say. And perhaps some big corporations are listening too!

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      • 25. Richard A. Jernigan  |  February 20, 2011 at 6:48 pm

        And if I remember correctly, not only does GaGa have a music degree, she also has a business administration degree. But I will have to defer to Ronnie’s vast knowledge about GaGa on that one. I have to admit, I do like Born This Way.

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        • 26. Ronnie  |  February 21, 2011 at 6:34 am

          Lady Gaga was born Stefani Joanne Angelina Germanotta in 1986. An Italian American, she grew up in New York City & attended a private all-girls Roman Catholic school. She is classically trained in piano & at the age of 13 she wrote her first ballad. At 17yo she was accepted into NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts where she studied music, art, religion, social issues & politics. Her sophomore year she decided to put the rest of her education (with the support of her father) on hold to pursue her music career. Unlike some of the pop stars of this generation who got their big start through casting calls, she worked her way up from the under ground up like bands did during the 80’s, playing in club basements, & popular local clubs all over New York City. She has written music for the Pussy Cat Dolls, Britney Spears, the New Kids on the Block & Fergie just to name a few. Lady Gaga doesn’t identify as just a Pop Star, but as an Activist, Philanthropist, & Performance Artist as well….& the woman can work an avant-garde shoe like no other….

          Cherry Cherry…Boom Boom….(lol) …..<3…Ronnie

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          • 27. Richard A. Jernigan  |  February 21, 2011 at 6:50 am

            All of that only goes to show that she is not only talented, but very intelligent. She may be Italian American (as was Connie Francis), but she is still a Yiddishe Kop! Again, I will say–GoGo, GaGa!

          • 28. AnonyGrl  |  February 22, 2011 at 7:22 pm

            Oh dear GOD… I just realized that she was probably one of my CAP21 students.

          • 29. Richard A. Jernigan  |  February 22, 2011 at 7:40 pm

            Well, your teaching must be worth something, then. Look where she is now!

      • 30. Gregory in Salt Lake City  |  February 21, 2011 at 6:13 am

        links for interview:

        60 mins. Anderson Cooper:
        http://www.cbsnews.com/video/watch/?id=7346544n

        back story to above interview:
        http://www.cbsnews.com/8301-504803_162-20031573-10391709.html

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    • 31. Carpool Cookie  |  February 21, 2011 at 3:02 pm

      I should also point out that Tim Robbins has extended himself a GREAT deal, politically…to the detriment of his big budget, studio career.

      But La Gaga goes even further : )

      I’d like to see Tim Robbins in a Gaga outfit. Maybe they can do a project together?

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  • 32. Kathleen  |  February 20, 2011 at 10:53 am

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    • 33. JonT  |  February 20, 2011 at 3:41 pm

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    • 34. AB  |  February 21, 2011 at 12:24 am

      Hey Kathleen…
      The CA SC docket indicates that Theodore Olson filed an application to shorten time from the original CA SC time line. Three questions:
      1) Given your expertise in California law, was it a good move?
      2) Given your expertise on California courts, is it likely to succeed?
      3) What does this say about their intentions to challenge the stay? What are the perks of this application? The risks?

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      • 35. Kathleen  |  February 21, 2011 at 12:42 am

        Don’t consider myself an expert in either California law or the CA courts, and really don’t know the likelihood of success of the application. I do think it’s a good move, though. It makes sense that Plaintiffs should do anything available to them to get a decision in the case sooner rather than later.

        I haven’t read the application yet (trying to locate a copy now), so don’t know what arguments they’re making, other than the obvious, i.e., this delay extends time plaintiffs suffering harm. It seems it *might* be a preliminary move toward asking the 9th Circuit to lift the stay, but that’s just wild speculation. Frankly, I’m not sure how realistic an option that is for plaintiffs to request.

        Sorry I can’t be more help; might be able to add more when I read the application. And maybe there are other people who could offer more concrete information.

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        • 36. AB  |  February 21, 2011 at 12:52 am

          I look forward to reading the brief too. And I understand what you are saying about not being an expert; but you’re the closest thing we have!
          As for my question on the stay and the 9th Circuit, I think part of it is wishful thinking. To open up and be a bit more emotional than perhaps I should on a message board: I feel genuinely betrayed by Judge Hawkins. He voted to stay the lower court decision, saying that it was only because of an expedited schedule. Then he participates in a decision to take the case on a lengthy detour. I am very angry and very hurt. I feel like the 9th Circuit court really let us down in acknowledging that there is hurt and suffering as a result of Prop 8, making sure the schedule was shortened for that very purpose, and then selling us up the river.
          Anyway, let’s hope that this filing in the CA SC works to speed things up. I’d like to see this resolved sooner rather than later.

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  • 37. Ray in MA  |  February 20, 2011 at 12:03 pm

    This out this little GAGA Darling!

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    • 38. Ray in MA  |  February 20, 2011 at 12:06 pm

      That was supposed to be “Check out this little GAGA Darling!”

      What a TYPO!!!! (Typo of the year award anyone?)

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      • 39. Gregory in Salt Lake City  |  February 21, 2011 at 6:19 am

        Funny…I didn’t notice typo until you pointed it out.

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        • 40. Gregory in Salt Lake City  |  February 21, 2011 at 6:21 am

          talented CUTE girl : D

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    • 41. Ronnie  |  February 20, 2011 at 1:38 pm

      Gaga surprised Maria with a phone call at a radio interview she (Maria) was doing about the YouTube video…they sang a few lines together, talked about her wardrobe & the House of Gaga….& she invited her to sing a duet with her on stage at the concert Maria is going to in Toronto…SWEEETTTT!!!…..<3…Ronnie:

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      • 42. Ray in MA  |  February 20, 2011 at 3:03 pm

        Maria has her own YouTude Channel:

        My videos are made for entertainment only, so there’s no copyright infringement intended! :)

        Hey guys. WHAT UP?! Nothing much I’m guessing…

        My sister made this channel to put up a very very old video of my dad and my brother making sound effects of dogs and other animals…so years later I’m using this channel to share to everyone my gift of music and the talent that God gave me. I sing, I giggle, I laugh…I love to entertain.

        In this channel I show you who I really am because when I see you in person I’ll be really really shy! I’m only hyper to people I’ve known for a long time. But I want to thank you for your support so far!

        Love you guys so much!
        Be blessed & God bless,

        Maria :)

        http://www.youtube.com/user/rojuanearagon#p/a/u/0/xG0wi1m-89o

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      • 43. Gregory in Salt Lake City  |  February 21, 2011 at 7:10 am

        tx Ray and Ronnie for videos of this cute girl : D

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      • 44. Ronnie  |  February 22, 2011 at 1:29 pm

        Maria was on today’s episode of Ellen for an interview & a performance of “Born The Way”…..<3…Ronnie:

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        • 45. Ray in MA  |  February 22, 2011 at 4:05 pm

          Thanx Ronnie! What a great kid!

          (You’re really on top of these vids!!!)

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  • 46. Michelle Evans  |  February 20, 2011 at 12:14 pm

    Here are the lyrics from her he “Born This Way” song:

    It doesn’t matter if you love him, or capital H-I-M
    Just put your paws up
    ‘Cause you were born this way, baby

    My mama told me when I was young
    We are all born superstars
    She rolled my hair and put my lipstick on
    In the glass of her boudoir

    “There’s nothin’ wrong with lovin’ who you are”
    She said, “‘Cause He made you perfect, babe”
    “So hold your head up, girl and you you’ll go far,
    Listen to me when I say”

    I’m beautiful in my way,
    ‘Cause God makes no mistakes
    I’m on the right track, baby
    I was born this way

    Don’t hide yourself in regret,
    Just love yourself and you’re set
    I’m on the right track, baby
    I was born this way
    (Born this way)

    Ooo, there ain’t no other way
    Baby, I was born this way
    Baby, I was born this way
    (Born this way)
    Ooo, there ain’t other way
    Baby, I was born this way
    I’m on the right track, baby
    I was born this way

    Don’t be a drag, just be a queen
    Don’t be a drag, just be a queen
    Don’t be a drag, just be a queen
    Don’t be!

    Give yourself prudence and love your friends
    Subway kid, rejoice the truth
    In the religion of the insecure
    I must be myself, respect my youth

    A different lover is not a sin
    Believe capital H-I-M (hey, hey, hey)
    I love my life, I love this record and
    Mi amore vole fe yah

    I’m beautiful in my way,
    ‘Cause God makes no mistakes
    I’m on the right track, baby
    I was born this way

    Don’t hide yourself in regret,
    Just love yourself and you’re set
    I’m on the right track, baby
    I was born this way

    Ooo, there ain’t no other way

    [ From: http://www.metrolyrics.com/born-this-way-lyrics-lady-gaga.html ]

    Baby, I was born this way
    Baby, I was born this way
    (Born this way )
    Ooo, there ain’t other way
    Baby, I was born way
    I’m on the right track, baby
    I was born this way

    ( Queen ,
    Don’t be , Queen )

    Don’t be drag, just be a queen
    Whether you’re broke or evergreen
    You’re black, white, beige, chola descent
    You’re lebanese, you’re orient
    Whether life’s disabilities
    Left you outcast, bullied or teased
    Rejoice and love yourself today
    ‘Cause baby, you were born this way

    No matter gay, straight or bi
    lesbian, transgendered life
    I’m on the right track, baby
    I was born to survive
    No matter black, white or beige
    chola or orient made
    I’m on the right track, baby
    I was born to be brave

    I’m beautiful in my way
    ‘Cause God makes no mistakes
    I’m on the right track, baby
    I was born this way

    Don’t hide yourself in regret,
    Just love yourself and you’re set
    I’m on the right track, baby
    I was born this way, yeah!

    Ooo, there ain’t no other way
    Baby, I was born this way
    Baby, I was born this way
    (Born this way )
    Ooo, there ain’t other way
    Baby, I was born this way
    I’m on the right track, baby
    I was born this way

    I was born this way, hey!
    I was born this way, hey!
    I’m on the right track, baby
    I was born this way, hey!

    I was born this way, hey!
    I was born this way, hey!
    I’m on the right track, baby
    I was born this way, hey!

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    • 47. Michelle Evans  |  February 20, 2011 at 12:19 pm

      We LGBT people always try to explain to those like Brian and Maggie, and all the rest of their ilk that we are who we are–we are born this way! Imagine how many people have and will listen to this song of Gaga’s, and maybe for the first time, really start getting the message that they may not have heard before. Music has a power to move people. People who hear this will have this tune running around in their heads, and the words “Born this way” will keep reverberating.

      This is also the very first song in the entire history of Billboard to make number 1 and to use the word “transgendered” in the lyrics. Go Gaga!!!

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    • 50. Carpool Cookie  |  February 21, 2011 at 11:16 am

      Don’t have time to study these lyrics right now…but I’m glad younger generations are getting exposed to vocab-building words like boudoir.

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  • 51. Sheryl, Mormon Mother of a wonderful son who just happens to be gay  |  February 20, 2011 at 2:19 pm

    scribing

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  • 52. Martin Pal  |  February 20, 2011 at 2:35 pm

    I just read this:

    NOM ordered to disclose donors

    “A federal judge upheld Maine’s campaign finance laws in a lawsuit brought by the anti-gay marriage organization, the National Organization for Marriage (NOM).

    The judge issued a summary judgment requiring NOM, and any other group that raises more than $5,000 to influence elections, to register with the state and disclose their financial donors. This ruling is being heralded as a victory for gay-rights organizations and activists.

    NOM donated approximately $1.9 million to the Maine referendum on a bill legalizing gay marriage in 2009. Gay marriage was legalized by the state government, but was later repealed by a voter referendum. Gay-marriage opponents garnered 53 percent of the vote.

    It is not known whether NOM will appeal the federal judge’s ruling on the constitutionality of the state’s campaign finance laws.”

    http://qsaltlake.com/2011/02/20/nom-ordered-to-disclose-donors/

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    • 53. Michelle Evans  |  February 20, 2011 at 3:03 pm

      No matter what the courts say, they will continue to hide who finances them until someone goes in there with a shovel and overturns their rock. Can’t wait for the day when Brian and Maggie are actually and truly exposed to the light of day. They will probably shrivel up and disappear.

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      • 54. Lesbians Love Boies  |  February 21, 2011 at 4:49 am

        100% Agreed. They will burn down their offices before disclosing anything.

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    • 55. grod  |  February 21, 2011 at 5:42 am

      @Martin Pal
      Here the link to the decision thanks to Kathleen
      NOM v. McKee – Decision and Order

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      • 56. Dave in ME  |  March 3, 2011 at 5:25 am

        This just in (http://www.pressherald.com/news/NOM-appeals-ruling-allowing-release-of-donor-list-.html):

        March 2
        Group appeals ruling allowing release of donor list
        David Sharp, The Associated Press

        PORTLAND — A national group that opposes gay marriage is appealing a federal judge’s decision to uphold Maine’s campaign finance disclosure law that could force it to reveal its list of donors.

        Lawyers for the National Organization for Marriage filed their notice of appeal with the 1st U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Boston, which already is considering another constitutional challenge of Maine’s campaign finance law by the Virginia-based organization.

        The National Organization for Marriage, or NOM, sued after the state ethics commission found that it could be required to disclose the identities of its donors.

        Last month, U.S. District Judge D. Brock Hornby granted a summary judgment upholding Maine’s campaign disclosure laws as they pertain to ballot committees.

        Maine law says groups that raise or spend more than $5,000 to influence elections must register with the state and disclose their donors. NOM donated $1.9 million to Stand for Marriage Maine, a political action committee that helped repeal Maine’s same sex marriage law.

        The Maine Commission on Governmental Ethics and Election Practices still must conduct an investigation to determine whether NOM must turn over its donor list, the disclosure of which NOM feels would stymie free speech, said Josiah Neeley, an Indiana-based lawyer for NOM.

        “Our view is even the investigation, or the possibility that these requirements would be enforced, creates a chilling effect on the First Amendment rights, not only of the National Organization for Marriage, but of other political groups that might want to get involved in a ballot campaign,” Neeley said.

        Jonathan Wayne, executive director of the ethics commission, said he was pleased that the state’s disclosure laws pertaining to ballot committees stood up to scrutiny. “It lets the public know who’s influencing them when the vote on ballot questions,” he said.

        Already pending before the Boston appeals court is a separate appeal brought by NOM of election law governing political action committees, independent campaign contributions and other attribution and disclaimer elements required by Maine’s election laws.

        In that case, Hornby upheld most of Maine’s reporting regulations applying to political action committees. But he agreed with NOM that a state regulation requiring 24-hour disclosure of any independent expenditures over $250 is unconstitutionally burdensome.

        NOM opposes same-sex marriage and has been involved in campaigns in Maine and other states. Maine voters repealed the state’s same-sex marriage law in 2009.

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  • 57. Sagesse  |  February 20, 2011 at 3:39 pm

    MAC Cosmetics just launched this year’s Viva Glam program, which features Lady Gaga for the second time. Say what you like about her music (I’m with Thumper’s mother on this one), she does put her star power behind LGBT rights.

    As most of you here probably know, 100% of the proceeds from Viva Glam lipstick sales go to the MAC AIDS Fund, which donated $190 million to AIDS relief around the world between 1994 and 2010.

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    • 58. Ray in MA  |  February 20, 2011 at 3:41 pm

      Wow!

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  • 59. Rhie  |  February 20, 2011 at 3:40 pm

    100%? Seriously? Those cosmetics aren’t exactly cheap. Wow.

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    • 60. Sagesse  |  February 20, 2011 at 5:03 pm

      And they still sell all the colours, so the product is sold all year long, not just as a promotion during the launch.

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      • 61. Rhie  |  February 20, 2011 at 5:48 pm

        That is completely amazing. I’ve always liked MAC as a company but couldn’t justify the expense. I’ll make an exception if they have a shade in this collection that flatters me :)

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        • 62. Sagesse  |  February 20, 2011 at 6:42 pm

          There’s a Viva Glam colour for everyone. You’ll find something you like. Check out the website.

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          • 63. Ray in MA  |  February 20, 2011 at 7:58 pm

            I just might do that!!!!

          • 64. Sagesse  |  February 20, 2011 at 8:28 pm

            Ok, Ray, I have to ask… just what shade of lipstick are you partial to?

          • 65. Ray in MA  |  February 21, 2011 at 5:14 pm

            Saggie, …not sure about my lipstick tone…spring, winter, fall or spring… I need a professional evaluation. My gut instinct goes with BLACK.

          • 66. Richard A. Jernigan  |  February 21, 2011 at 5:59 pm

            Then wear black. Now all you have to decide is whether you want basic black, matte black, semi-gloss black, patent leather shiny black, sparkle black, glitter black or shimmer black. Or you could get one of each and rotate through the list!

          • 67. Sagesse  |  February 21, 2011 at 7:00 pm

            Sorry Ray, just messing with you.

        • 68. Ray in MA  |  February 21, 2011 at 6:41 pm

          LOL Richard… iI’ve never been asked about my lipstick pref… I don’t even like Chapstick!!!

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          • 69. Richard A. Jernigan  |  February 22, 2011 at 6:42 am

            I’m just glad you caught the humor in my post.

    • 70. Carpool Cookie  |  February 21, 2011 at 11:24 am

      MAC makes good cosmetics. I have one friend who thinks the lipsticks don’t “stay” as long as some other brands, but reapplying isn’t really sooo big an effort, is it?

      The colors are beautiful and you will not find more knowledgeable salespeople. And if you bring in 10 (?)empty product containers for recycling, you get a free lipstick.

      They’ve always been my favorite brand….but I hate change and am very product loyal, so I don’t have a lot to compare them too.

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  • 71. Sagesse  |  February 20, 2011 at 3:52 pm

    This story is disturbing. Joseph Rocha testified in the LCR case.

    AP’s Misleading Report on Navy Reversal: I Did Not Ask for Anti-Gay Hazing

    http://www.huffingtonpost.com/joseph-rocha/gay-exsailor-disputes-ap-_b_825752.html

    I read the original AP article, which says “Toussaint’s lawyer, Aaron Rugh, said that his client will receive an honorable discharge at current rank and that his notice of discharge will not mention hazing.”

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  • 72. Sarah  |  February 20, 2011 at 4:31 pm

    This is OT, but I have been meaning to share this with you all. There is an article in the Feb 7 Newsweek magazine called “Meet My Real Modern Family” about a gay man and his unconventional family, by many standards. I will point out the last 2 paragraphs of the article, and give you the link to the rest of it:

    “Even the most liberal courts note, apparently in approval, that gay people do not make their children gay. If one suggests that black people should be able to reproduce so long as the kids are white, one sees how much prejudice is enmeshed in even ostensibly pro-gay arguments about family. It’s disorienting to recognize that the more conventional our choices are, the more radical we are, that my days of party hopping and sexual adventuring were tolerable, but that our arguing about how much to babyproof, thinking about preschools, buying a swing set, and joining a church constitute an assault on family values. There’s a bizarre and hateful inversion in this. American modernity is built on our liberation from a pernicious 1950s model of the nuclear family that was never true in the first place, and those who attempt to preserve that model are not conservatives, but regressives.

    The change has already happened; it’s only the law that lags. The road less traveled, as it turns out, leads to pretty much the same place.”

    I found those words so true and they have been running through my head for a week now. I can say that I have thought that was a good argument as well, as probably many of us have. Put it in a slightly different light and it becomes almost gross. Just something more to think about, I suppose. I hope you enjoy it.

    Full article here: http://www.newsweek.com/2011/01/30/meet-my-real-modern-family.html

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  • 73. Sagesse  |  February 20, 2011 at 4:57 pm

    Apologies if this has been posted before. An essay from HRC on the difficulties the DOJ will have defending DOMA in the 2nd Circuit. I’ve read articles about it, but have not read the full document before.

    Obama Administration Faces Critical Question in Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) Litigation

    http://www.hrc.org/documents/DOMA.pdf

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  • 74. Richard A. Jernigan  |  February 20, 2011 at 5:50 pm

    GoGo, GaGa! You Rock, Lady!

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  • 75. Straight Ally #3008  |  February 20, 2011 at 7:06 pm

    Imagine the legions of Lady Gaga gaga fans who would have had absolutely no idea about the DADT repeal debate in the Senate without her influence. I imagine many of them called their Senator for the first time in their lives. She did her part to help turn the tide – as Barney Frank said, two down, two to go (Byrd-Shepard Act and DADT repeal; ENDA and DOMA repeal/marriage equality).

    Not only that, Lady Gaga can actually play an instrument and sing without being autotuned, for example:

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    • 76. Ray in MA  |  February 20, 2011 at 7:24 pm

      I’m liking her more and more I see.. I admire and LOL at her extravagance!

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      • 77. Richard A. Jernigan  |  February 20, 2011 at 7:30 pm

        I agree. So far, of the songs I have heard Lady GaGa sing, the only one I was not all that thrilled with was her performance of John Lennon’s “Imagine.” Her heart was in it, but she did not come anywhere near using all of her vocal power on that one. I would like to hear her really tear into that one again, and really cut loose on it. And I love the fact that she is using her celebrity as a tool to end discrimination! GaGa, add this baby boomer to your legion of fans!

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        • 78. Ray in MA  |  February 20, 2011 at 7:56 pm

          Richard, iIf she’s catching the eyes and ears of us old farts she must be on to something!!!

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          • 79. Richard A. Jernigan  |  February 20, 2011 at 8:43 pm

            This is true! And it really takes something different to bridge the gap between the age groups! I really like Speechless!

        • 80. Santa Barbara Mom  |  February 20, 2011 at 8:28 pm

          I like Lady Gaga’s music, and having seen her interviewed three times in the past week, I have gained more of a sense of who she is. Her flamboyance reminds me of Elton John in his younger years. Actually, her music is currently my ringtone ~ makes me want to dance everytime my phone rings :o)

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  • 81. Sagesse  |  February 20, 2011 at 7:29 pm

    Well, this is going to be interesting….

    On a Mission
    The new Broadway musical by the creators of South Park isn’t anti-Mormon. Like all of their work, it’s anti-stupidity.

    http://www.slate.com/id/2284692?wpisrc=newsletter_tis

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  • 82. Richard W. Fitch  |  February 20, 2011 at 8:14 pm

    I am not a fan of “Lady GaGa”. I’m a bit old for her styling. I AM a BIG fan of Stefani Germanotta!! I have seen her interviews enough to say that the person behind the artiste is authentic even if the persona is patently outrageous. Her campaign leading up to the vote on DADT convinces me she is a true LGBT ally and will hold the top brass at Target accountable for the agreements made.

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  • 83. Straight Ally #3008  |  February 20, 2011 at 8:36 pm

    Also, props to Jeremy for the pun on Lady Antebellum in the post title.

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  • 84. chris from co  |  February 20, 2011 at 10:15 pm

    Just like Eminem, she is out there a bit and contriversial but she is good at what she does the arts are just that when you are great you are great. I loved her from the beginning. And Iam growing to respect her more. Go GaGa.

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  • 85. Kalbo  |  February 21, 2011 at 12:23 am

    I wish she would shine the spotlight on DOMA repeal — especially for the sake of us bi-national couples.

    Lady Gaga, Kalbo and Poknat love you! ^_^

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  • 88. Phil L  |  February 21, 2011 at 5:48 am

    Before reading the article and the subsequent comments, I really didn’t care that much about Lady Gaga. I knew that she was campaigning for DADT repeal and that she released “Born This Way” but I largely ignored most of it. I had thought that, though she is extremely talented, that she was doing most of it to be noticed. I realized that HER doing these things would shed more light on our plight but I didn’t know that she was doing SO MUCH MORE for our cause!

    As for the NOM disclosure ruling; sure they’ll try to repeal it, but they are probably running out of “Look Behind You – There’s Something Distracting!” signs. They’ll have to pony up willingly or be forced to (and probably by the Supreme Court).

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  • 89. Ronnie  |  February 21, 2011 at 6:02 am

    I posted this in the past, but here is Lady Gaga speaking at The National Equality March in Washington, D.C. October 11th, 2009…..I was at the march…It was a beautiful day filled with passion & empowerment from the march to the speeches…….<3…Ronnie

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