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Lady Gaga tweets with Harry Reid

Despite a love of brunch, Bergdorf's and South Beach in winter, I'm sure my "Gay Card" will be revoked because my universe doesn't revolve around the music or actions of Lady Gaga. The closest I've come to hearing any of her music is the hilarious duet of "Poker Face" by Ryan Seacrest and Larry King. I guess I still haven't heard any of Gaga's jams, come to think of it.

But my world collided with Gaga's when she showed up at MTV's Video Music Awards on Sunday with members of the armed forces who were kicked out because they are gay. The Twitterverse that night and then cable the next day were awash in Gaga walking the red carpet with them.

This morning she Tweeted to her over 6.2 million followers to "CALL HARRY REID to Schedule Senate Vote." The Senate Majority Leader had already announced his intention to bring the bill to the floor for a vote Monday night. But whatever. Showing he has his finger on the pulse of pop culture, the leader responded to the lady -- via Twitter -- this afternoon.

@ladygaga There is a vote on #DADT next week. Anyone qualified to serve this country should be allowed to do so

Which elicited this response from Gaga moments ago:

@ladygaga: God Bless and Thank you @HarryReid, from all of us, like u, who believe in equality and the dream of this country. We were #BORNTHISWAY.

It's great that Gaga -- I think of her as Madonna 2010 -- has taken up the cause of ending the ban on gay men and women serving openly in the military. But there are a lot of people who have been working their hearts out to get rid of "don't ask don't tell" without any fanfare or recognition of their hard work. Meanwhile, Gaga shows up in one of her look-at-me get-ups, and the world goes, well, gaga. I guess I'm just irked by people's complacency about what it takes to secure equality for gay men and lesbians. All the more reason to look forward to Lady Gaga's calls for action on immigration equality, employment equality and marriage equality. There's unfinished business in all three areas, and Congress needs to know that the gay community wants action.

By Jonathan Capehart  | September 14, 2010; 3:50 PM ET
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Comments

I'll be waiting to see Lady Gaga out there working to Get Out The Vote!

Posted by: thebobbob | September 14, 2010 5:58 PM | Report abuse

Lady Gaga and Capehart are truly idiots. The military structure has been developed over centuries with the purpose of killing the enemy and keeping their guys alive. It has nothing to do with gay rights. It's not a gay club med. If they tell you to do something, you do it or you're out because you're going to get people killed. If it hurts your feelings too bad.

Posted by: peterg73 | September 15, 2010 12:47 PM | Report abuse

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