"Born This Way" is no longer just Lady Gaga's Grammy-nominated album; it's now also the name of her new foundation, as well.
The pop icon announced on Thursday that she will launch her Born This Way Foundation (BTWF) at a kickoff event at Harvard University on February 29th. The foundation will "explore the best ways to reach youth and create a new culture of kindness, bravery, acceptance and empowerment," according to a press release, working in concert with the John D. & Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation, the Harvard Graduate School of Education and a number of other organizations.
Gaga has long been an advocate of tolerance and has pushed an anti-bullying message through a number of platforms; she spoke out and called for bullying to be made illegal after the suicide of a gay student in September, and sent a moving video message to a teen on an anti-bullying campaign in November. In December, she even spoke with President Obama, sharing her experience and ideas on how to eradicate intolerance amongst the youth of America.
"BTWF, a non-profit charitable organization, will address issues like self-confidence, well-being, anti-bullying, mentoring and career development and advocacy," the release said. "With a focus on digital mobilization to create positive change, BTWF will lead youth into a braver new society where each individual is accepted and loved as the person they were born to be."
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