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Lady Gaga Launches Born This Way Foundation at Harvard

Lady Gaga launched her Born This Way Foundation in hopes of empowering youth and promoting change and acceptance.

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Pop superstar Lady Gaga, her mother Cynthia and talk show host extraordinaire Oprah Winfrey, were in attendance at Harvard’s Sanders Theatre to officially launch Gaga’s Born This Way Foundation. The foundation is not an anti-bullying charity, contrary to what one might thing based on Gaga’s reputation as an anti-bullying advocate. She explains that the Born This Way Foundation is about “youth-empowerment.”

“I want to help, I want to be brave, I want there to be more tolerance in the universe. I want there to be more acceptance. What I realize more than anything was that I never wanted this dialogue to end,” she said, “This is about transformative change in culture over a period of time.”

Lady Gaga announced that a bus called the Born Brave Bus will travel along with her tour bus on her Born This Way Ball tour. The Born Brave Bus will serve as the focal point of a massive, cross-country tailgating party for Gaga’s fans and other young people who just want to talk about life, as well as kids who want to help and inspire others. According to Gaga, "It will welcome anyone from any walk of life, whether you have a ticket to the show or you don't, to come and hang out and talk about love, acceptance, kindness and so forth.” Gaga admits she doesn’t have all the answers and even playfully shot down Dr. Deepak Chopra, a panel member, when he teased her about seeing herself as global leader.

"When I say it takes very little to change the world," she says, "I really mean that. If each one of us just transformed one small bit of ourselves to be a bit kinder, more loving, more tolerant...I believe it will be quite easy to change the world. The only problem is, there's so damn many of us."

"Change could be 50 years from now," she continued. "And if I'm dead, I don't give a s--t, I just hope it happens."