Lady Gaga launches anti-bullying Born This Way Foundation

Singer-songwriter Lady Gaga is launching a non-profit foundation to help youth with “issues like self-confidence, well-being, anti-bullying, mentoring and career development.” Gaga and her mother, Cynthia Germanotta, will direct the foundation.

The Born This Way Foundation is being supported by the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation, The California Endowment and the Berkman Center for Internet & Society at Harvard University.

“Together we hope to establish a standard of bravery and kindness, as well as a community worldwide that protects and nurtures others in the face of bullying and abandonment,” Gaga said in a press statement.

The multi-platinum artist is known for speaking out for gays, lesbians, bisexuals and transgender people.

She has a huge online presence with more than 44 million Facebook fans and 15 million Twitter followers. She has won several Grammys, released three platinum albums, including her latest, “Born This Way.”

“Lady Gaga will help empower and give voice to young people who find themselves overwhelmed, under-supported, disconnected, isolated, bullied, or struggling,” said Dr. Bob Ross, CEO and president of The California Endowment. “This brand of leadership is sorely needed in today’s world.”

The foundation will be launched next year.

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