After a video of a performance from 2009 hit Youtube that revealed a few moments of poorly focused, pixelated upskirt of Lady Gaga on stand hit the internet, walnuts, and crackpots immediately took to the web behind their anime avatars to post the poor quality screenshots everywhere as “proof” that Lady Gaga was either a man or a hermaphrodite. A supposed quote from Gaga confirmed her intersexuality status: “It’s not something that I’m ashamed of, just isn’t something that I go around telling everyone. Yes. I have both male and female genitalia, but I consider myself a female. It’s just a little bit of a penis and really doesn’t interfere much with my life.”However – Gaga’s management put out a statement directly to ABC News, panning the quote as fake. Bossip.com (in a now-deleted article) claimed that a direct quote to them from Gaga confirmed the bulge as being real – “It’s not something that I’m ashamed of, just isn’t something that I go around telling everyone. Yes. I have both male and female genitalia, but I consider myself a female. It’s just a little bit of a penis and really doesn’t interfere much with my life. The reason I haven’t talked about it is that it’s not a big deal to me. Like come on. It’s not like we all go around talking about our v***. I think this is a great opportunity to make other multiple gendered people feel more comfortable with their bodies. I’m sexy, I’m hot. I have both a **** and a p*****. Big f******g deal.”The source has apparently been tracked down to a satire blog site akin to The Onion – but the entry was reposted without context, picked up by other outlets without crediting the source, or simply posted out by others without it being flagged as satire, enabling a parody post to be confused as legitimate news. Weird. What a strange concept that has no bearing or relation to the current state of the internet. No relation at all. None. Moving on.
Why Does it Even Matter?
I took Lady Gaga posing almost entirely nude in Out magazine to put the issue somewhat to bed – even though is still circulates the darker and more base parts of the internet even now. Lady Gaga has confirmed herself as bisexual – having sexual relationships with both men and women but only finding herself falling in love (so far) with men. As an LBGTQ hero and icon, no one is surprised at the news of Gaga being bisexual, nor that she loves the idea of androgyny. Most people may know Lady Gaga going on the big screen opposite Bradley Cooper in A Star Is Born, but Mama Monster has been here a long time shaking things up.The woman is a meat dress-wearing space alien – do her genitals really matter? Does what is between her thighs really have any weight on her artistic message or content? Or are we just concerned with it so that we might sexualize her in our own eyes as a commercial product and not a person?“I think I’m changing what people think is sexy,” she told Rolling Stone in a May 2009 interview.In a ‘60 Minutes Overtime” interview with Anderson Cooper – Gaga was once against asked about the rumor that she had “a male appendage, that [she was] a hermaphrodite”. Absolutely unbothered and unphased, Gaga promptly replied with: “Maybe I do. Would it be so terrible? Why the hell am I going to waste my time and give a press release about whether or not I have a penis? My fans don’t care and neither do I.” At a surprise appearance at the 2019 WorldPride in New York, Gaga commented that she “may not even be considered a part of the community,” even though she likes “girls sometimes.” As soon as the soundbyte hit the internet – some fans called Gaga down for her own exclusion, essentially victim-blaming her due to her “confused stance” of her own place in the community. Other fans immediately jumped to her defense – noting that as soon as a male icon presented as even vaguely effeminate that he was immediately labeled a bi or gay, lambasted with perceived queerness – when women who outright said they were bisexual, queer, or other sexual identities were questioned on their sincerity and validity. Lady Gaga’s continued championing of absolutely shutting down sexist, transphobic commentary with graceful savagery is an art form.
Lady Gaga has long been a queen in the eyes of the majority of the LBGTQ community – her blunt, pointed, and often savage responses to invasive questions and off-color commentary have made her legendary on social media.Gaga has earned her stripes as a gender and sexuality champion in many ways, starting with coming out as bisexual and not backing down. In a 2009 interview with Barbara Walters, Gaga explained that her hit single “Poker Face” was about a woman. Experiencing some blowback from critics on the nature of her sexuality, Gaga doubled down while appearing on What What Happens Live by asserting “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 f—ing lie. This is who I am and who I have always been.”Gaga went on to found the Born This Way Foundation in 2011 with her mother Cynthia Germanotta – which has helped countless LBGTQ young people along with launching initiatives like #HackHarassment, Channel Kindness, and #KindMonsters. She also ran a collaboration with Starbucks to help end the bullying of LBGTQ youth.Gaga also helps support the Ali Forney Center – a New York City-based resource that has helped more than 1,500 at-risk LGBTQ youth – by stopping by, bringing needed items, and speaking about her struggles with PTSD. Gaga used her Superbowl Halftime show to take her stance on equality and human rights – vowing not to politicize her time on stage or come for the current administration, Gaga is quoted as saying “The only statements that I’ll be making during the halftime show are the ones that I’ve been consistently making throughout my career. I believe in a passion for inclusion. I believe in the spirit of equality, and that the spirit of this country is one of love and compassion and kindness. My performance will uphold those philosophies.”She went on to perform her smash hit “Born This Way” – featuring the equality focused lyrics: “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!”When even other songwriters reference this absolute legend in their lyrics – we know that pop culture has risen her to a throne and sat the crown of Queen Monster Mother on her brow. Lady Gaga has unapologetically made a space in the music industry for other performers and creators of LGBTQ orientation, as well as her advocacy of racial equality and lifting of disadvantaged youth.This woman has done so much universal good that we should be above wondering about her genitals.Back the question at hand – is Lady Gaga a man? No. Now stop asking.Sources: