Lady Gaga launches her new Born This Way Foundation from the campus of Harvard University, which will aid in trying to stop bullying and empower young people.
In attendance for Lady Gaga’s launch of the foundation at Harvard to lend their support were, Oprah Winfrey, spiritual leader Deepak Chopra and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius.
The singer pleaded to an audience of around 1,100 to “challenge meanness and cruelty.”
She claims to have been bullied when she was a teenager and has stated,” There is no law that says people need to be kind to each other. I wish there was because, you know, I’d be chained naked to a fence somewhere trying to pass it.”
The foundation is named after one of her hit songs, “Born This Way,” with the pop star receiving several e-mails and letters following the song’s release. Most of the letters indicated how powerful the song’s message was for them, and that it was an anthem for gay pride.
Gaga’s mother Cynthia Germanotta then inspired her to start up the foundation. The singer has already contributed $1.2 million dollars to the non-profit organization. Her mother will also serve as the foundation’s president.
Gaga told the audience she did not have the answer to how to stop bullying, but urged them to go back to their communities and perform “simple acts of kindness,” in hopes that will help foster acceptance, tolerance and individuality.