Singer Lady GaGa has defended a gay high school student who was sent home for wearing a t-shirt emblazed with the words “Love Lady Gay Gay.”
Fifteen year old Cole Goforth was told to remove the t-shirt, a tribute to the gay icon, or go home by officials at Greenbrier High School in Tennessee on Monday.
Goforth’s mother said that the school was infringing on his freedom of speech, a sentiment supported by the international superstar.
In response to news reports on the incident, GaGa said on Twitter:”Thank u for wearing your tee-shirt proud at school, you make me so proud… You are an inspiration to us all. I love you.”
She added: “It reminds me of my commitment (and) love for you, and the deep unconditional devotion I feel to write music that will liberate you from prejudice.”
The school said that it was concerned that Goforth’s t-shirt would cause disruption in the school and said that he could appeal against its dress code.