Lady Gaga launches Born This Way Foundation with mom and Oprah
Lady Gaga visited Harvard University on February 29 with some high-profile colleagues to launch her new foundation aimed at empowering young people and combating bullying at schools.
The singer was joined by Oprah Winfrey, Deepak Chopra, and Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius to kick off the Born This Way Foundation, according to the Associated Press
"I believe that if you have revolutionary potential, you must make the world a better place and use it," she said.
Lady Gaga first announced she was launching the foundation in November. The foundation, which is named after both her second album and debut single off the record, is a nonprofit and deal with "issues like self-confidence, well-being, anti-bullying, mentoring and career development." The Grammy Award-winning singer will be a director of the foundation along with her mother, Cynthia Germanotta.
"She is the sole reason that I am here today," Lady Gaga said of her mother at the event on February 29. "She has always believed in me. She has always been my support, and she makes me want to inject that sense of family and support into the world."
The 25-year-old singer has been a gay rights advocate in the past. In September the singer attended a fundraiser for President Barack Obama at the home of Facebook's Chief Operating Officer Sheryl Sandberg and David Goldberg in Atherton, California to discuss her concerns over bullying. Last year she visited Maine last year to support the repeal of the military's "don't ask, don't tell" policy on gays.
The singer has made a $1.2 million personal contribution to the foundation, according to her spokespeople.
Oprah Winfrey was on hand to interview the singer on stage about the foundation and later said she supported the foundation because its message aligns with many of her core beliefs, including kindness, compassion, empowerment and acceptance.
Lady Gaga also opened up about being a victim of bullying as a teenager said the idea for the foundation came after "Born This Way" was released, when she received letter and emails from fans about the matter.
The singer said the foundation is working with a new media agency to create a social media environment that fosters the foundation's goals. She said the "Born Brave Bus" will follow her tour bus around the country and will "welcome anyone from any walk of life" to "talk about love, acceptance, kindness" and other goals of the foundation.