In front of over 7,000 people gathered on Manhattan’s River Island, known as “Pride Island,” Madonna held a four-song recital and talked about discrimination and thanked the LGBTQ community for having always supported it.
Madonna’s recital wrapped up a week of festivities, which marked the 50th anniversary of the Stonewall riots and the homosexual liberation movement.
“Fifty years, folks. Fifty years of revolution, freedom, and struggle. Fifty years of struggle with discrimination, hatred, and ignorance. Fifty years of disobedience to fear. I’m so proud and honored to share this historic event with you, “Madonna said, quotes Variety.
Among those attending the event were fashion designer Donatella Versace, CNN chairman Jeff Zucker, actors Billy Eichner and Billy Porter.
“Since I came to New York as an unknown, I have always been received with my arms open to the queer community. I always felt like an outsider, but you made me feel like an insider, like someone. ”
Accompanied by several dancers who were dressed just like her, Madonna sang “Vogue”, “American Life” and two new tracks, “God Control” and “I Rise”, included on the latest album “Madame X “.
America’s biggest problem, the artist said, is “the safety and control of firearms that disproportionately affect marginalized communities.”
For the last piece, images from March for Our Lives and the word “resist” were projected.