Singer and pop culture icon Lady Gaga opened her Born This Way Foundation today–yes, named after her very popular song and album–with her mother, Cynthia Germanotta. It is Gaga’s way of inspiring people to come together to make positive changes in the world. She has long been very vocal about her views on LGBT issues and anti-bullying. Sometimes we have nothing but good news to report, and this looks like one of those times.
Mother Monster has long been known to be outspoken on her views regarding anti-bullying, opening up on Twitter and interviews recently about how hurt she was after the suicide of Jamey Rodemeyer. As MTV reports, she tweeted her sympathies to Rodemeyer and all other bullied individuals:
”The past days I’ve spent reflecting, crying, and yelling,” she tweeted when news of the teen’s death broke in September. “I have so much anger. It is hard to feel love when cruelty takes someone’s life.”
Gaga and her mother want to establish a standard regarding kindness and bravery–kindness towards others and bravery in standing up for those who need help when overcome by the emotional effects of bullying and abandonment. Gaga spoke more on the Foundation’s purpose, focusing on the following key points:
“youth empowerment and equality by addressing issues like self-confidence, well-being, anti-bullying, mentoring and career development and will utilize digital mobilization as one of the means to create positive change.”
The Foundation has already gained the support of several partners, including the John D. & Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation, the California Endowment, and the Berkman Center for Internet & Society at Harvard University. So it sounds pretty legit to us, and we’re glad it’s for a good cause.
Do you think Gaga’s Foundation will be a success?