Lady Gaga  returned to the public eye on Friday when she made a special appearance at the NYC Pride rally to sing a stirring rendition of the National Anthem . Clutching a small gay pride rainbow flag, Gaga altered the song's original lyrics to sing, "Oh say, does our star-spangled flag of pride yet wave." She also gave a speech in favor of the recent Supreme Court rulings in favor of marriage equality  and slammed the recent rash of anti-gay violence in the Big Apple. She said, "We are not a niche. We are part, a big giant part of humanity. It's time for us to be mainstream." She also led the crowd into a chant for "safe streets" and "enough is enough." Lady Gaga has been largely off the radar in recent months after she underwent hip surgery in February.
Lady Gaga's appearance kicked off gay pride weekend in NYC, but celebrations got a head start this week when the Supreme Court announced its rulings on Wednesday. Of course, the Gay Pride Parades in San Francisco and New York City on Sunday got an extra boost of fun thanks to the recent rulings. Click through to see all the events from the week.
Lady Gaga  sang the National Anthem at the NYC Pride rally on Friday.
Two men dressed up as Batman and Robin kissed during the NYC Gay Pride Parade on Sunday.
NYC Gay Pride Parade Grad Marshal Edie Windsor waved to the crowd.
Revelers during the San Francisco Gay Pride Parade held up signs in favor of the Supreme Court's recent rulings.
American University students embraced outside the Supreme Court in Washington DC after the DOMA ruling.
A man walked in the NYC Gay Pride Parade with a wedding  cake hat.
Gavin Newsom spoke at an SF rally following the news that the US Supreme Court ruled DOMA unconstitutional and Prop 8 as improperly brought to court.
Mayor Michael Bloomberg waved a flag during the NYC Gay Pride Parade.
A couple shared celebratory kisses after the US Supreme Court made historic steps toward marriage equality.
New York Governor Andrew Cuomo walked with the NYC Gay Pride Parade.
In SF, couples and activists celebrated the Supreme Court's rulings on DOMA and Prop 8.
Two men shared a kiss during the NYC Gay Pride Parade.
Activists screamed with joy in Washington DC on Wednesday.
Lady Gaga  made a surprise appearance at the NYC Pride rally on Friday.
Protesters outside the US Supreme Court reacted to the DOMA ruling and judicial decline on Prop 8.
Gay rights supporters in NYC cried after watching the news that the US Supreme Court ruled DOMA unconstitutional.
People in Washington DC waved rainbow flags and celebrated gay marriage.
Gay rights activists took to the steps of the US Supreme Court in Washington DC to celebrate the DOMA and Prop 8 victories.
An advocate waved an American flag in Washington DC.
Couples and their families came out to SF City Hall to celebrate the gay rights victories.
Activists celebrated the US Supreme Court's actions on gay marriage in Washington DC on Wednesday.
Friends hugged each other in Washington DC following the favorable US Supreme Court actions for gay marriage.
Gavin Newsom spoke at a rally in SF after the high court struck down DOMA and did not defend Prop 8 on Wednesday.
Gay rights activists cheered upon the US Supreme Court's ruling and the action against Prop 8 backers in Washington DC on Wednesday.
Couples held each other outside the US Supreme Court in Washington DC.
Activists in LA cheered.
Members of the plaintiff team in the same-sex marriage cases celebrated their victories on the steps of the US Supreme Court.
Crowds of gay rights supporters congratulated each other on two big legal victories in Washington DC.
Supporters of gay rights could not contain their happiness outside the US Supreme Court in Washington DC.
Gay rights activists cheered and raised their arms in victory after DOMA was declared unconstitutional on Wednesday.
People lined up outside SF City Hall on Wednesday.
Rainbow flags took over Washington DC on Wednesday.
In an NYC bar, backers smiled after hearing the key gay marriage rulings on Wednesday.
People in NYC celebrated after the Supreme Court ruled key portions of DOMA unconstitutional.
Activists rejoiced in NYC after the US Supreme Court ruled DOMA unconstitutional and went on to pave the way for marriage equality.
Friends embraced in LA after the historic high court rulings for gay marriage and equality.
A couple shared celebratory kisses at SF City Hall after hearing the US Supreme Court's rulings on gay marriage.
Activists in LA waved signs on Wednesday.
SF City Hall was filled with gay rights activists after the US Supreme Court's ruling on gay marriage.
LA gay rights activists cheered in the streets upon hearing the high court's rulings.
Rainbow flags were waved through SF.
SF families celebrated on Wednesday.
Same-sex couples kissed and embraced after DOMA was ruled unconstitutional.