Lady Gaga and Oprah Winfrey at the foundation’s launch.
Pop singer and songwriter Lady Gaga, along with Oprah Winfrey and other high profile figures, has launched a foundation to tackle the bullying of young people.
The Born This Way Foundation, created by Gaga and her mother Cynthia Germanotta, was launched Wednesday at Harvard University.
Attendees and supporters included Winfrey, Deepak Chopra, TV presenter and actor David Burtka, and U.S. Secretary of Health and Human Services Kathleen Sebelius.
According to its website, the foundation is “dedicated to creating a safe community that helps connect young people with the skills and opportunities they need to build a braver, kinder world”.
Speaking at the launch, Gaga said: “I want it to be part of the natural fabric of schooling, so that someone knows that it is not okay to be intolerant of your children, it is not okay to be un-accepting, it is not okay to be violent because you don’t understand.”
“If you teach your kids to love everyone, hopefully that will, over time, branch out,” she added.
Gaga revealed that a series of Born This Way programmes will be announced in the coming weeks. It was also announced that the Born Brave Bus will accompany the pop star during her upcoming North American tour.
The bus will travel the country “to serve as a place where youth can go to feel connected and learn about civic engagement opportunities,” said the foundation.
“It’s going to take a really long time, and if anyone knows how to get a message out there, it’s me,” Gaga said. “I have this feeling that if I can make a song called ‘Just Dance,’ I might be able to make a song that’s ‘Just Be Nice’.”
“It is hard to be brave, I don’t have all the answers, in fact I have very few. I’m someone that is very passionate, and what I would like for you to do is be just one of many examples.”
Visit the Born This Way Foundation website here. Watch Gaga below answer a question from David Burtka at the launch.