Watch Lady Gaga’s Passionate “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” Speech

By: Becky Bain / September 20, 2010

Lady Gaga, dressed like a 70s-era Gloria Steinem mixed in with a bit of Elle Woods, gave a passionate speech at a “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” rally in Portland, Maine that was live-streamed on the Internet. The pop star, whose outlandish VMA outfit (as well as her dates) was inspired by her feelings towards DADT, proposed a new law called “If You Don’t Like It, Go Home—a law that discharges… the homophobic soldier that has the real negative effect on unit cohesion.” Jump below to watch video of her moving speech, which she titles, “The Prime Rib of America.”

Her speech is a bit rambling and long, clocking in around 18-minutes (with various meat metaphors that don’t exactly work), but regardless, her dedication to this issue is truly commendable. Gaga has previously discussed her protest of DADT during her interview with Larry King, post-VMAs on The Ellen DeGeneres Show, as well as in recent video she uploaded on her website. Even her next album title (and tattoo), Born This Way, is a reflection of her feelings towards the anti-gay policy.

The pop star recently had Senate leader Harry Reid respond to her tweets against DADT, and now she’s gotten the attention of Senator John McCain. “I welcome her in the debate, I welcome all of her young fans into the debate,” McCain said today at the Reuters Washington Summit. “It’s good to have lots of people involved.”

But he won’t be responding to her impassioned cries for equality via Twitter. “I only Twitter with Snooki,” McCain sad.

Read the full transcript of her speech here.