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Lady Gaga launching Born This Way charity

Pop singer's anti bullying charity becomes a reality in February

Lady Gaga launching Born This Way charity

Pop star Lady Gaga will launch her Born This Way foundation next month.

The Bad Romance hitmaker, who named the charity after her 2011 album, says that the organisation aims to tackle the issue of bullying and promote youth empowerment and equality.

The official launch will be marked by an event held at Harvard University in February.

Gaga (real name Stefani Joanne Angelina Germanotta) will run the charity with her mother Cynthia Germanotta.

Germanotta (senior) says: 'My daughter's foundation was born out of her passion to create a better world where people are kinder and nicer to one another and are accepted for who they are, regardless of how different they may be.

'She has experienced many of the struggles that our youth encounter today, and identifies with the lasting effects they can have without proper support.'

Following the suicide of one of her LGBT fans in 2011, Lady Gaga has become very vocal about her anti-bullying stance.

Jamey Rodemeyer was 14-years-old when he took his own life as a result of bullying due to his sexuality.

In an emotional series of comments on her Twitter account Gaga wrote: 'The past days I've spent reflecting, crying, and yelling. I have so much anger. It is hard to feel love when cruelty takes someones life.

'Bullying must become illegal. It is a hate crime.'

She even met with President Barack Obama to discuss anti-bullying legislation following Rodemeyer's death.

On several occassions, Gaga has opened up about her previous experiences with bullying, revealing she was once thrown into a trash can.

'I remember holding back the tears, my lip was quivering,' she said. 'I was like, “Don't let them see you cry”. I felt as if I was pathetic.'

'It didn't sink in with me how bullying affected me until later in my life. I knew it affected me deeply, but it wasn't until later that I knew how much it affected me, and how much it was still very present.'

Watch Lady Gaga talk about her experiences with bullying below:


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