I don't think I can properly express how much this album means to me. As a young faguette who was doubting his sexuality at the times (and was scared by it) I was starting to absorb all the messages that were coming through when she first posted the Born This Way lyrics on her twitter. I was beyond excited, immediately translated the lyrics into Czech language and went to recite them to my parents in the living room (dd) The morning I found out the album leaked I promptly downloaded it into my mp4 player (almost missed the train lol) and played it into headphones on my way to school. I experienced multiple eargasms but the biggest one (on the first listen) was Heavy Metal Lover. My teen wig with the whole closet flew to the fucking orbit and never came back. Then we took a school trip to England and I had the album of a mf loop the whole time. Born This Way Ball Tour in Veinna was also a ride of my life. My gen z friend told me just yesterday he has very ambivalet feelings about the album and I tried explainig to him that this album is so much more to me than just the music. It was the whole era, the philosophy, her attitude, interviews, meltdowns/leaks on forums, performances, artistic expression, not giving a fuck about mainstream and finally her standing for queer community as the biggest pop star at the time with the platform people would listen to. It was endlessly inspiring and endrosing. Suddenly for the first time in my life I got the feeling that's it's okay that I'm (called) a weirdo and I realized it's not only okay, but that it's a part of my personality people can fall in love with. Thus begun the journey of me learning how to love myslef and I won't ever be able to thank her enough for that. All that was happening the last day left me a bit emotional as I recalled all of these both painful and beautiful times of 2011 being grateful they happend. Paws up!