Lady Gaga, Oklahoma Teen Launch Efforts to Stop Violence Against LGBT Community

Mother Monster and her mom, Grandma Monster (?), are taking anti-bullying efforts to a whole new level by creating the Born This Way Foundation.

On Wednesday, Lady Gaga was joined by a list of celebrities and Secretary of Health and Human Services Kathleen Sebelius, at Harvard University in Cambridge, Massachusetts to launch the newly formed organization.

According to the Foundation’s mission statement: “Led by Lady Gaga and her mother, Cynthia Germanotta, the Born This Way Foundation was founded in 2011 to foster a more accepting society, where differences are embraced and individuality is celebrated. The Foundation is dedicated to creating a safe community that helps connect young people with the skills and opportunities they need to build a braver, kinder world.

The Foundation isn’t just focusing on anti-bullying though.

In a guest column posted Thursday on Huffington Post, Germanotta, who will serve as the Foundation’s president, writes: “Yes, we’ll be focusing a lot of our efforts on anti-bullying in the early stages…but we believe if young people felt empowered to make a difference and experienced the bravery of self-confidence and of knowing they can achieve great things, not only would we address the issue of bullying, but we would also lay the tracks for transformative change that fosters the ultimate goal of a kinder and braver world.”

To help get things rolling, the Foundation has launched a BTWF poster contest and, according to the Advocate,”the Born Brave Bus, a mobile advocacy resource, will follow Gaga’s tour bus during the North American leg of her upcoming Born This Way Ball Tour.”

Click HERE to see the foundation’s Website.

 

 

Meanwhile, a gay teen from Tulsa, Oklahoma who was attacked at a party last weekend while trying to defend a female friend has launched a campaign of his own. 18-year-old Cody Rogers says some of the guest’s boyfriends started using homophobic slurs at the party.  He stepped in to help and ended up being thrown to the ground and attacked by two teens.

He ended up receiving a bloodied eye and several large cuts and bruises on his body.

“They were just so angry just over someone’s sexual orientation that they would do something like this,” Jordan Garrett told Fox23, “(Cody) looked as if a truck hit him.”

Like here in Idaho, sexual orientation is not protected in Oklahoma. While Cody and his friends say the attack was a hate crime, police could do nothing but charge the attackers with simple assault.

Rogers has launched a Facebook page to help draw attention to the lack of LGBTQ specific language in the state’s hate crime laws.

So far, his “Help Stop the Stomping” page has received over 3500 “likes”.

Click HERE to watch the full report.

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