Lady Gaga graces the cover of the new issue of The Advocate, where the pop star talks about joining Madonna, Barbra Streisand, Cher and Blondie as a singing icon in the gay community. “I feel so connected to Madonna in a lot of ways, and I feel connected to Barbra, and I feel connected to Cher and Blondie and all of the women who came before me,” she tells writer Jeremy Kinser. “I worshipped them my whole life, and I would never be where I am today without all of them to inspire me. I feel so grateful that I have such strong women to look up to.”
The 25-year-old also discussed her dispute with Target after the retailer failed to assure her that they’d make a commitment to gay charities and organizations in response to their financial support of Tom Emmer. “Taking an ambiguous stance is not what I’m about, obviously,” Gaga explained. “I like to go right for the ass-kicker. You’re either in or you’re out. I’m from New York. I know bullsh**. I can smell it from a mile away.”
Update: The interview at advocate.com has since been removed.