Madonna helped ring in the new year at one of the LGBTQ movement’s most important locations.
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The “Vogue” singer surprised fans by performing at the iconic Stonewall Inn in New York on New Year’s Eve.
“I stand here proudly at the place where pride began, the legendary Stonewall Inn, on the birth of a new year. We come together tonight to celebrate 50 years of revolution,” Madonna told the crowd, according to Variety. “If we truly took the time to get to know one another we would find that we all bleed the same colour and we all need to love and be loved.
She continued, “Let’s remember who and what we are fighting for — ourselves, for each other, but truly and most importantly, what are we fighting for? Let’s take a minute to reflect on how we can bring more love and peace into 2019, let’s look at how we can bring random acts of kindness. Maybe we can find an opening to bring the light in. Are you ready to do that?”
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Madonna performed her hit “Like a Prayer” followed by a cover of the Elvis Presley classic “Can’t Help Falling In Love”.
The 60-year-old singer and longtime LGBTQ rights advocate was recently named an ambassador to the Stonewall Inn for the upcoming 50th anniversary of the riots which helped kick off the modern movement in 1969.