Lady Gaga is seeking presidential support to fight bullying and aid those who were ‘born this way.’
On Tuesday, the singer met with White House Senior Advisor Valerie Jarrett to discuss bullying issues, which have become a growing problem in schools. According to the National Education Association, 160,000 children stay home every day to avoid bullies. The cause is a personal one to Gaga, who has said that she was picked on as a child for being different.
Gaga has already taken steps to fight the problem, by creating the Born This Way Foundation, which works to empower youth. Now she’s getting the White House involved in her anti-bullying initiative.
“Lady Gaga is a source of strength for many young people who feel isolated and scared at their schools. Today, I had the opportunity to welcome her to the White House, where we discussed ways we could work together to make sure that no child comes under attack, regardless of his or her race, sexual orientation, gender identity, or any other factor,” Jarrett wrote on the White House blog.
She continued, “I am proud to be part of an Administration that has taken steps to address bullying. In 2010, the Department of Education made it clear to schools that allowing bullying against LGBT students can violate anti-discrimination statutes. In 2011, the Department reaffirmed students’ rights to form gay-straight alliances and other similar groups. Earlier this year, President Obama and the First Lady held a White House Conference on Bullying Prevention. And today the Administration released a new analysis of state bullying laws and policies, summarizing the efforts currently in place to prevent bullying in and out of schools. The report shows that while states have made recent progress in enacting policies and legislation to address bullying, more must be done.
“As we continue protecting our children, we look forward to working with Lady Gaga, the Born This Way Foundation, and with every American who is willing to help make our society more kind, inclusive, and equal.”
Meeting with White House officials wasn’t the only anti-bullying item on Gaga’s agenda this week. She was also on hand at Trevor Live on Sunday, where she received an award for her efforts on behalf of the LGBTQ community. Of the award, she said, “This award means more to me than any Grammy I could ever win.”