WASHINGTON, December 7, 2011- Lady Gaga paid a special visit to the White House this week to help promote her equal rights and anti-bullying message, by pushing for tougher state bullying laws and policies.
Gaga penned the song “Born this Way” to speak up for those subjected to bullying. The song emphasizes embracing our own inner uniqueness regardless of race, sexual orientation, gender identity, or any other factor.
Gaga stated as a child she was often picked on for being different, which gave her the impetus to write the song and start her “Born this Way” campaign.
She was particularly shaken up over the recent tragic suicide of young Jamey Rodemeyer. Rodemeyer cited Gaga as his hero for sticking up for children in his position, but he finally succumbed to ongoing bullying, torment, and abuse by taking his own life.
160,000 children stay home from school everyday to avoid bullies, and 1 in 4 teenagers say they are victims
While a new report shows great strides have occurred from recently enacted bullying laws and policies, it also shows more must be done. Sources state 160,000 children stay home from school everyday to avoid bullies and 1 in 4 teenagers say they are victims.
Professional athletes, actors and various celebrities have also taken up the cause in support of stepping up efforts to combat bullying.
Click here for the official White House blog release on meeting with Lady Gaga on inclusion and equality for our young people.
For more information on the Lady Gaga Born this Way Foundation, click here.
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