July 1, 2019 at 3:39 pm EDT | by Mariah Cooper
Madonna closes out WorldPride with nod to Stonewall anniversary
Madonna performing at WorldPride. (Screenshot via YouTube)

Madonna capped off the massive WorldPride celebration in New York City with a concert on Pier 97 for the Pride Island concert on Sunday.

She acknowledged the 50th anniversary of the Stonewall Riots, which ignited the gay liberation movement, in between her set.

“Fifty years of revolution,” Madonna told the crowd via Variety. “Fifty years of freedom and fighting. Fifty years of putting up with discrimination, hatred and ignorance. Fifty years of not bowing down to fear. I’m so proud and honored to share this historical event with you. Fifty fu*king years. It’s insane. Are you with me?”

The pop legend also explained why the LGBTQ community has always been an important part of her life.

“Since I came to New York as a wee-little girl, I have always been embraced by queer nation. I always felt like an outsider, but you made me feel like an insider, like somebody. So you must know how much I love and appreciate everyone here from the LGBTQ community,” she explained.

Madonna treated the crowd to her iconic songs “Vogue” and “American Life” and included her new singles “God Control,” a message against gun violence, and “I Rise.”

Watch clips from her performance below.

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