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Lady Gaga and the gay community are closely linked for a variety of reasons, but has the pop star been exploiting her LGBT fans to sell records?

She’s been criticized for this lately, but calls it a “ridiculous” claim.

“My love for my gay fans is just pure, authentic love for them as supporters of me from the beginning, and me feeling connected to their struggles as someone who is a part of their fight,” Gaga tells The Advocate.

Lady Gaga at SAGs

Gaga considers herself a member of the LGBT community (the B part) and says anyone claiming she’s using it to help bolster sales is absurd.

“To say that I would use the gay community to sell records is probably one of the most ridiculous statements anyone can make about me,” she says – and we’re all familiar now with the Lady Gaga hermaphrodite rumors.

“The top thing I think about every single day, other than my fans, loving the music, and my family being healthy, is social justice and equality.”

She recalls a recent interaction she had with a young gay man in the military who told her that America’s fight for equality has given him hope.

He gave her his service jacket as a symbol of his thanks.

“We just held each other and cried,” the superstar says. “Anyone who says that I’m not genuine is not interested in overcoming this fight.”

“That was such a pure and wonderful moment. I remember thinking, ‘There’s no album sale, no Number 1, that could compete with this.”

“That is what the f**k it’s all about right there. What the f**k it’s all about is if I can write one song that could change one person’s life.”

Gaga, who is currently in Tawian promoting her Born This Way album, also touches upon the true meaning behind the hit title track:

“‘Born This Way‘ is not about just being born in one moment; it’s about being reborn over and over again until you become that unique, special person inside you that is the most brave, the most sure and the most ready to take on the world.”

“And I was born this way. And that’s who I am. Some people weren’t born to wear masks, but I was. I was born to wear masks and wigs and fashion.”

“To express myself through my clothing and my performance art, and that’s who I am,” she adds. “And the song is meant to be liberating not only from an individual perspective but from a creative perspective.”

Amen, Mother Monster. Amen.