Most of us have been teased or bullied at one point, especially at school. And even if we haven’t experienced it firsthand, chances are we’ve seen it happen to someone else. I know that when I worked in a high school, I saw that kind of negativity almost every day. It’s cruel, it’s dragging kids down, and Lady Gaga knows it. Lots of her songs preach acceptance and the importance of being one's weird and wonderful self—her hit “Born This Way” is a self-love anthem.
Now, though, she’s doing more than just singing about self-acceptance. On February 29, Lady Gaga will launch the Born This Way Foundation, a nonprofit dedicated to inspiring change, empowering young people (well, ALL people), and teaching kindness. Gaga’s mother, Cynthia Germanotta, has explained that the purpose of the organization is to “engage and empower youth and accept them as valuable members of our society.” The Gaga family hopes it'll “create a better world where people are kinder and nicer to one another and are accepted for who they are.” Along with groups like the John D. & Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation, The California Endowment, and the Berkman Center at Harvard, the Born This Way Foundation will try and change our culture into a friendlier and more tolerant place. (It’s not entirely clear yet how they plan to tackle this, but a press release hints that they'll focus on "digital mobilization"—aka using technology to cause change.)
The Born This Way Foundation will officially launch on February 29 at the Sanders Theatre of Harvard University. For more details and to join the movement, visit the foundation’s website.
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