Friday, January 20, 2012

Lady Gaga launches the Born This Way Foundation

Born This Way is no longer just Lady Gaga's Grammy-nominated album; now it's also the name of her new foundation.

The pop star announced yesterday that she will launch the Born This Way Foundation (BTWF) at a kickoff event at Harvard University on February 29th. The foundation will "explore the best ways to reach youth and create a new culture of kindness, bravery, acceptance and empowerment," according to a press release. It will in concert with the John D. & Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation, the Harvard Graduate School of Education and a number of other organizations.

"BTWF, a non-profit charitable organization, will address issues like self-confidence, well-being, anti-bullying, mentoring and career development and advocacy," the release said. "With a focus on digital mobilization to create positive change, BTWF will lead youth into a braver new society where each individual is accepted and loved as the person they were born to be."

Gaga has long been an advocate of tolerance and has pushed an anti-bullying message through a number of platforms; she spoke out and called for bullying to be made illegal after the suicide of a gay student in September, and sent a moving video message to a teen on an anti-bullying campaign in November. In December, she even spoke with President Obama, sharing her experience and ideas on how to eradicate intolerance amongst the youth of America.

(Via the Huffington Post)

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