Lady Gaga’s album Born This Way celebrated its 10th anniversary this past Sunday, and to mark the occasion, the City of West Hollywood officially declared May 23 “Born This Way Day.”
According to Pitchfork, Gaga was also awarded the key to the city by West Hollywood Mayor Lindsey P. Horvath. Horvath told Gaga, “Thank you for encouraging us to love ourselves and be proud.” A street painting featuring the album’s title was also unveiled today to kick off West Hollywood’s Pride season.
Gaga posted a photo at the event on her Instagram captioning, “Born This Way, my song and album, were inspired by Carl Bean, a gay black religious activist who preached, sung and wrote about being “Born This Way.” Notably his early work was in 1975, 11 years before I was born. Thank you for decades of relentless love, bravery, and a reason to sing. So we can all feel joy, because we deserve joy. Because we deserve the right to inspire tolerance, acceptance, and freedom for all.”
Gaga followed that up with a selfie, writing, “Carl Bean inspired “Born This Way.”❤️🤟”:
Watch the music video for “Born This Way” below: