06.30.133:10 PM ET

Lady Gaga Rocks Anthem At NYC Gay Pride Parade

And gives a speech about acceptance.

New York City's gay pride parade kicked off with a very special guest singing a very special song. Just days after the Supreme Court paved the way for same-sex marriage, Lady Gaga treated the crowd to the National Anthem and a touching speech that focused on each person's individual worth. "We are not a niche. We are a part, a big giant part of humanity," she said. "It's time for us to be mainstream. I demand the rights!" Gaga, who was forced to cancel her "Born This Way" tour because of a hip injury, talked about how she felt rejected in high school until members of the gay community befriended her. "There was a particular crowd who made room for me at their table, who held me up when I felt I couldn't, who loved me for exactly who I was," she said. "You saved me, my friends in the LGBT community, time and time again."