Singer Lady Gaga is to join a gay rights march in Washington DC this weekend.
She will help lead the National Equality March on Saturday and has called on supporters to join the demonstration.
Gaga said: “On October 10th and 1th1 I will be in Washington DC to lend my support to the National Equality March.
“This march is a call to action for all people from all over the country to gather to march to be visible as one and to speak out and demand full equal rights for all lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgendered citizens in all 50 states.
“If we see ourselves as free and equal people, then we need to act as free and equal people. Now is the time to act so get your ass to DC and lend your support. Lend your voice and demand to be heard. I hope to see you there.”
The star has done charity work for gay and HIV charities in the past and recently paid tribute to her gay fans.
She told Out Magazine earlier this year: “When I started in the mainstream it was the gays that lifted me up,” she says. “I committed myself to them and they committed themselves to me, and because of the gay community I’m where I am today.”
“I very much want to inject gay culture into the mainstream,” she added. “It’s not an underground tool for me. It’s my whole life. So I always sort of joke the real motivation is to just turn the world gay.”