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Wednesday 17 September 2014

Lady Gaga back on stage to sing

Lady Gaga is back performing

Lady Gaga has performed for the first time since having hip surgery in February.

The 27-year-old singer and gay rights campaigner gave a speech and sang America's National Anthem at a Gay Pride rally in her native New York City.

Gaga was forced to cancel her world tour in February after being diagnosed with synovitis - a chronic condition which causes joints to swell. Following surgery she was left wheelchair-bound.

But she was back on her feet at the event to help celebrate the latest breakthrough in gay marriage in America, after the Supreme Court declared last week that a key section of the Defence of Marriage Act, which restricts federal benefits for gay couples, is unconstitutional.

Gaga - sporting a new blonde bob - clutched a rainbow flag and gave a rousing speech during the rally at Manhattan's Pier 26, telling the crowd: "We are not a niche. We are part, a big giant part of humanity. It's time for us to be mainstream. I demand the rights!"

She then sang an a cappella version of The Star Spangled Banner, changing the last line to reflect the Gay Pride event, singing: "Oh say does that star spangled, flag of pride yet wave. For the land of the free and the home for the brave."

The Born This Way singer used a gold plated wheelchair while recovering from surgery but was pictured strutting around in heels again in May.

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