This bisexual icon is about to make history.
Best-selling performance artist and singer Lady Gaga is set to headline the 2017 Super Bowl halftime show this weekend, making her the first known LGBT person to headline for the Super Bowl.
“It's not an illusion. The rumors are true. This year the SUPER BOWL goes GAGA!” she tweeted in September of last year.
Lady Gaga is not shy about her sexuality — she revealed at the very beginning of her career that she is bisexual. In 2009 she discussed it candidly in an interview with Barbara Walters.
In 2013 she pushed back against those who dismissed her bisexuality as a marketing gimmick.
She once told fans: “You know what? It’s not a lie that I am bisexual and I like women, and anyone that wants to twist this into ‘she says she’s bisexual for marketing,’ this is a fucking lie. This is who I am and who I have always been.”
She also previously revealed during one of her tours that her hit single “Poker Face” is about her bisexual identity.
Gaga has been an outspoken advocate for the LGBT community, making her a gay icon. She was one of the leading celebrity activists fighting for the repeal of “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” in 2010 and spoke at the National Equality March in Washington, D.C. in 2009.
In 2012, she launched the Born This Way Foundation, a nonprofit against bullying that supports youth through empowerment with a focus on well-being and development.
A year later, Lady Gaga celebrated the rulings against Proposition 8 and an important portion of the Defense of Marriage Act at New York’s 2013 Pride Celebration. Clutching a rainbow flag to her chest, she said at the time: “It’s my LGBT friends and fans who always said to me, ‘I knew Lady Gaga when.’ Well, look who the star is now. Now I get to say I knew you when you suffered. When you felt unequal. When you felt there was nothing to look forward to. I knew you then and I knew you when, but I really know you now.”
Following the worst mass shooting in U.S. history at the Pulse Nightclub in Orlando — which took the lives of 49 people and injured 53 others in June of last year — Lady Gaga appeared at a vigil in Los Angeles and gave an emotional speech.
“Tonight I will not allow my anger and outrage over this attack to overshadow our need to honor those who are grieving truly for their lost ones; lost members of the LGBT community," she said at the time. "I hope you know that myself and so many are your allies. Not only me, but everyone here. We represent the compassion and the loyalty of millions of people around the world that believe in you. You are not alone, you are not alone."
Alongside fellow pop star Madonna, Lady Gaga spent her Thanksgiving weekend at an LGBT youth homeless shelter. Though they did not visit the Ali Forney Center at the same time, Lady Gaga brought presents and led a meditation session, according to her tweets at the time.
She has also dipped her LGBT advocacy into the recent election. Following the win of Donald Trump as president of the U.S., Lady Gaga took a stand by protesting outside of Trump Tower in New York City, bearing a sign that read “Love trumps hate.”
Trump’s cabinet is lining up to be one of the most anti-LGBT in history with nominees such as Jeff Sessions, who received a zero percent rating from the Human Rights Campaign’s Congressional Scorecard on LGBT rights. Trump’s vice president Mike Pence signed off on the right for businesses in Indiana to discriminate against gay people according to their religious beliefs through the Religious Freedom Restoration Act.
“I want to live in a #CountryofKindness where #LoveTrumpsHate,” Lady Gaga wrote on Twitter with an accompanying photo of her protest.
This isn’t the first time she will make an appearance at the Super Bowl. In 2016, Lady Gaga sang the national anthem opening up for Super Bowl 50.
After her performance last year, she remarked that the experience was “really amazing.”
“Singing for the fans in the stands and all over the world, it was so cool,” she told Extra.
In addition to her halftime performance this weekend, Lady Gaga will also appear in a 60-second Tiffany & Co. short film to premiere during the Super Bowl.
"I always want to be challenging the status quo, it's who I am," she says in the commercial, which was released in a 15-second preview on Sunday. "I love to change."
Not everyone is happy with Lady Gaga’s upcoming performance. There is a petition to remove her as the Super Bowl headliner and replace her with Migos.
The petition does not appear to cast the singer away for her sexuality — instead, creator Justin G. from San Francisco, California seems to want to see his ideal lineup in action.
“Halftime should be Migos killing Bad and Boujee, Future kills em with March Madness, then Outkast comes out and does an AQUEMINI sampler and then they end it with BUN B and JAY Z DOING BIG PIMPIN!,” he wrote on the Change.org petition. “If you're gonna put on a show for billions THIS IS THE ONLY SHOW.”
At the time of this writing, the petition had 57,000 supporters.
Gaga has won six Grammy Awards and a Golden Globe Award. She was the top selling artist by Billboard in 2010, later named by them as Woman of the Year in 2015.
In 2010, she was named Most Influential Artist by Time Magazine. From 2010 through 2014 Forbes named her as one of the World’s Most Powerful Women and Rolling Stone gave her the title Queen of Pop.
She also holds twelve Guinness World Records for her music milestones like Fastest-Selling U.S. Digital Album for her album “Born This Way.”