Lady Gaga

Pop phenomenon and LGBT activist Lady Gaga has announced the launch of a foundation to support programs and initiatives to empower young people.

Named the Born This Way Foundation (BTWF), after her most recent album, the foundation will be headed by Gaga and her mother Cynthia Germanotta and will be backed by a number of respected groups in the US.

“The non-profit charitable organisation will lead youth into a braver new society where each individual is accepted and loved as the person they were born to be,” said a statement on the star’s website.

BTWF will focus on youth empowerment and equality by addressing issues like self-confidence, well-being, anti-bullying, mentoring and career development and will utilise digital mobilisation as one of the means to create positive change.

“My mother and I have initiated a passion project. We call it the Born This Way Foundation. 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,” said Gaga (25).

An advisory board will be appointed and announced soon as will additional details about the organisation. The official launch will take place next year.

Gaga has been a vocal critic of the recent epidemic of bullying of gay teens in the US and has even met with President Obama about the issue.

Visit to sign up for more information on the foundation.

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