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Vy Trinh – 9E3.

Why Lady Gaga? Lady Gaga is a well-known American pop


singer and songwriter. In my point of view, she is one of the
inspirational people who has moral courage and stand up for the
rights, against the social attitudes, prejudices and stereotypes about
LGBT (which stands for Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender).
History in the past also has shown that the social’s discrimination
towards to gay community. Many people considered that
homosexuality is a sin and they are often harassed, insulted,
rejected and even killed by their co-workers, their friends, family
and a range of people who are homophobia. Homophobia is a range
of attitudes that discriminated against homosexuals. Homophobia
exists because their strong belief in a particular religion, social’s
prejudices that being gay is not natural. Besides the discrimination
and violent acts towards LGBT, they also have to conceal their
sexuality, for the fear of social’s negative and consequences by
revealing the truth. Some people who are forced to believe that
homosexuality is wrong, the realization might causes the shame and
self-loathing leading to low self-esteem. This also increases the risk
of suicide and bullying of young people around the world. But Lady
Gaga and many people share the belief that: Gays have no choices
because homosexuality is something that already attached to them
since birth. She believes in the equality towards LBGT, we are all
human beings and human beings are deserved to be treat equally.
Gay people have rights to do what they want, to be themselves and
to be proud of themselves. They have rights to get involve in the
community without being discriminated or facing with hatred. She
expresses her morality not only in her music but also public
speeches such as National Equally March rally occurred in October
2009 to called for equal protection for LGBT all over the US. The
reason for this national political rally was the death of a gay student
Matthew Shepard that brought up national attention and action to
expand hate crime laws. Lady Gaga also involved in repeal of Don’t
Ask Don’t Tell policy by her speeches to the senates on Youtube,
which was a significantly success in October-December 2010.

What is Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell? In 1993, the US military


declared Don’t Ask Don’t Tell policy, prohibiting gays to serve in the
military but banning homosexual activity with a stereotyped reason
that: their presence would create an unacceptable risk to the high
standards, good order and disciplines. The term “Don’t Ask” means
that superiors shouldn’t try to investigate one’s sexual orientation
even though there is obviously evidence. The term “Don’t Tell”
indicates the prohibition that people are not allowed disclosing their
sexual orientations while serving in the US military. This
“discriminated’’ policy has led to the discharge of thousands men
and women worked for the armed force in that time.

“If you don’t like it, go home”.


In 2008, during the presidential campaign of Senator Barack
Obama, he encouraged people to repeal Don’t Ask Don’t Tell in one
of his speeches. Later on in 2009, President Obama advocated a
new policy that allows gays to serve in the US military because the
US Army has spent too much on replacing expelled soldiers because
of DADT. But unfortunately, the plan had to be delayed until 2010
because Obama wanted a consensus at the Pentagon. But the gay
rights activists in Washington had failed because there weren’t
enough votes from the Senators. The problem was the Republicans,
led by Senator John McCain stated that he wanted to maintain DADT
policy because “We firmly believe that this law, which Congress
passed to protect good order, discipline and morale in the unique
environment of the armed forces deserves continued support”. So
Lady Gaga via Twitter directed her “tweet” at McCain “SENATOR
JOHN MCCAIN is attempting to stop the DON'T ASK DON'T TELL
repeal vote this Tuesday, with a filibuster”. She also encouraged her
supporters to the lobby of Senators to keep John McCain from
blocking the vote. On the 16th of September 2010 Lady Gaga posted
a video of her repeal of DADT directly to McCain and other senators.
There was no response from McCain, which was quite unusual
because McCain has never been afraid to mock about celebrities via
Twitter. On the 20th of September, Lady Gaga traveled to Maine,
urging the senators to repeal DADT policy. Lady Gaga stated that
John McCain and other Republican Senators using their homophobia
as their back-up evidence to against the repeal. She also linked their
homophobia to the murder of Matthew Shepard, which gave a
national wake-up call about hate crimes and gays prejudices and
stated that by against the repeal of DADT and they are going
backwards to the judicial system. She claimed about the imbalance
of DADT policy, mocked that people who are homophobic, “ We
can’t fight because you are gay and I have a problem with you” as a
ridiculous defense of Matthew’s murderers. By using her excellent
evidences that gained applause from the crowd, Lady Gaga also
proposed the new law: “If you don’t like it, go home”, the law that
supports the equality and sending the prejudices home instead of
homosexuality. Lady Gaga’s activism did work so well. Many people
had been encouraged to urge the senators to vote to repeal DADT.
Finally, by a vote of 65 to 31, with 8 Republicans joined the
Democrats, the Senate approved and sent to President Obama a
repeal to DADT. In December 2010, President Obama finally signed
on a repeal of DADT, the end of this 17-year-old policy that forced
gays to hide their sexual orientations. Lady Gaga’s contribution to
the success of repeal DADT as a celebrity who is concerned about
morality was quite significant. Lady Gaga had become “the real
fierce advocate for LGBT” according to The Advocate.