Lady Gaga performs at New Year’s Eve 2012 in Times Square
Grammy award winning and multi-platinum selling pop star, Lady Gaga, is set to launch a new non-profit foundation named ‘Born This Way‘, on Wednesday, February 29, 2012.
According to official statements by the foundation made available to the press on January 19, 2012, its’ aim is to empower youths, encourage equality, and eliminate bullying.
The foundation, which was co-founded with the singer’s mother, Cynthia Germanotta, and partners Harvard’s Berkman Centre for Internet and Society, will ‘explore the best ways to reach youth and create a new culture of kindness, bravery, acceptance and empowerment’.
‘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‘, the statement further said.
Gaga, born Stefani Joanne Angelina Germanotta, who has publicly supported anti-bullying campaigns on video and with US President Obama, recently addressed the issue of bullying when she stated that; ‘I hope that we can acknowledge all together that where this needs to begin is in the schools. I want my fans and people all over the world to know that there’s always somebody that’s listening. But I want them to know they’re listening before it gets too late.’
The controversial 26 year old was recently nominated for Outstanding Music Artist by GLAAD Media Awards, an organization that ‘recognizes fair, accurate, and inclusive representation of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgendered (LGBT) individuals across all forms of media’.