Saturday, 5 November 2011

Lady Gaga Launches Anti-Bullying Foundation.

After speaking out repeatedly against bullying, Lady Gaga has taken her anti-bullying message to the next level.

The Grammy-winning singer has announced that she is launching the Born This Way Foundation, a nonprofit focusing on youth empowerment and "issues like self-confidence, well-being, anti-bullying, mentoring and career development."

Mother Monster's partners in this latest endeavor include the MacArthur Foundation, The California Endowment, and the Berkman Center for Internet & Society at Harvard University. The Born This Way Foundation will be directed by the pop star and her mother, Cynthia Germanotta.

"My mother and I have initiated a passion project. We call it the Born This Way Foundation," Gaga said in a statement. "Together we hope to establish a standard of Bravery and Kindness, as well as a community worldwide that protects and nurtures others in the face of bullying and abandonment."

Gaga has been a passionate leader in the anti-bullying movement. After the suicide of 14-year-old Jamey Rodemeyer, who suffered bullying at the hands of his peers, Gaga met with President Obama to discuss potential anti-bullying measures. Lady Gaga also publicly offered up her support for the repeal of the military's "don't ask, don't tell" policy on gays.

"Lady Gaga will help empower and give voice to young people who find themselves overwhelmed, undersupported, disconnected, isolated, bullied, or struggling," said Dr. Bob Ross, the CEO and president of The California Endowment. "This brand of leadership is sorely needed in today's world."

With over 15 million Twitter followers and 44 million Facebook fans, Gaga clearly understands the power of her own voice in promoting social issues. The Born This Way Foundation will officially launch next year.

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