Madonna gave a surprise performance at the Stonewall Inn, and her speech about love will make you teary

Last night’s New Year’s Eve celebrations were particularly magical for those gathered at the Stonewall Inn in New York City, the site of a police raid in 1969 that is credited with launching the modern gay rights movement. Just after midnight on January 1st, 2019, Madonna appeared on stage at Stonewall to sing her iconic song “Like a Prayer” and cover Elvis Presley’s “Can’t Help Falling in Love,” and she also gave a powerful speech about love and LGBTQ rights.

To her audience, Madonna asked, “What are we fighting for?” and the crowd shouted out a reply: “Love!” while others called out, “Thank you for loving us! Thank you for loving us always!” to the singer, who has long been considered a gay icon and powerful LGBTQ ally.

Madonna continued, offering a call-to-action for the New Year:

"In this new year, let's commit to disarming people with unexpected acts of kindness. Let's be counterintuitive. Share what you know with someone you don't agree with," she said. "Maybe we will find an opening and let the light come in."

Take a look at the performance and speech below.

Madonna was announced as a Stonewall Ambassador last month ahead of the 50th anniversary of the Stonewall Riots; a celebration is set to take place in June during New York’s Pride Month celebrations. She’s also rumored to be working on new music, so hopefully 2019 delivers that gift.

We’ll always love the Material Girl.

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