Lady Gaga gives fan the courage to come out
Just a few weeks ago, Beau Lamarre's family did not know he was gay.
But, the "hype" of his idol Lady Gaga coming to town gave the 19-year-old the courage to come out.
After all, he had confessed his fear to her when he she was last in Sydney for the Born This Way tour.
So, after years of feeling afraid, Lamarre told his parents two weeks ago. "I will always love and support you," his mum told him.
Then, on Saturday night in Sydney, he threw a note onto the stage. Gaga plucked it from the multitude of other offerings and read it aloud to her thousands of adoring "little monsters".
"Two years ago I also met you at this arena for the Born This Way Ball where my life changed forever," she read. "I had told you something I never had the courage to tell anyone before.
"I told you that I didn't know how to come out to my family about my sexuality and I was scared to. You told me something I will never forget. 'If your parents love you as much as I believe they do, they will accept you for who you are.'
"Those words right there gave me a backbone to be brave and tell them. Now, two years later, I finally have and I feel FREE! You were right, my parents have been nothing but supportive."
Hearing Gaga read the note was the first time Lamarre's sister, who was with him at the concert, learned of his sexuality.
His sister cried, he says, but was happy.
"I wanted my idol to tell her," Lamarre says. "It worked out exactly how I wanted it."
After reading the note, Gaga asked her security to bring Lamarre backstage after the concert.
There, he says, they spent "two hours and 10 minutes" listening to Gaga's new jazz album, going through her Michael Jackson collection and chatting.
"She still remembered me," says Beau, who first met Gaga at the age of 15. "She said: 'It's so funny that was you. It's crazy to watch my fans grow.'"
Grow and gain courage - not just to tell his parents but to tell the world.
"She started laughing," Beau says when Gaga greeted him backstage and he told her about his parents and sister. "She said: 'Well, you just told 15,000 people, you're a boss now."
Last night has changed my life forever! Coming out is hard enough but doing it in-front of 14,000 @ladygaga fans was the best thing ever!!
Beau's full letter to Gaga:
First of all, a big welcome back to Australia - we missed you so f--king much! The first time I ever saw you perform was in this exact arena years ago when you opened for the Pussycat Dolls - wow, look how far that crazy little Italian girl has come! Your set was out of this world, I believed every single word you said and felt every song you sung. Little did I know that you would become so much more to me than an artist, but become my idol.
Two years ago i also met you at this arena for the Born This Way Ball where my life changed forever. I had told you something I never had the courage to tell anyone before. I told you that I didn't know how to come out to my family about my sexuality and I was scared too. You told me something I will never forget. "If your parents love you as much as I believe they do, they will accept you for who you are." Those words right there gave me a backbone to be brave and tell them. Now two years later, I finally have and I feel FREE! You were right, my parents have been nothing but supportive. I want to thank you so much for giving me the strength to do this and also thank you on behalf of all the fans that don't have this opportunity to attend your show or aren't allowed to see you because their religion or family don't accept it. But through your music, you have helped and will continue to set free many people. If possible, I would love to come and personally give you a hug and thank you backstage for finally setting me free. My life will then be forever complete.
Gaga, you're not just my idol but LITERALLY my saviour.
Love from Beau Lamarre. Xxx
Sydney Morning Herald