Born This Way Foundation launched by Lady Gaga at Harvard event

Lady Gaga walks through the campus prior to an event at Harvard University in Cambridge, Mass. Feb. 29, 2012. Gaga launched her "Born this Way" foundation at Harvard.
(CBS News) Lady Gaga is doing her part to tackle bullying. The pop star and her mother, Cynthia Germanotta, officially launched the Born This Way Foundation Thursday with an event at Harvard University, one of the organization's partners.

Gaga's empowerment organization will address issues such as self-confidence, well-being, anti-bullying, mentoring and career development through research, education and advocacy.

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"The culture of love is not going to change overnight but youth are the answer to creating a braver, kinder world," said Lady Gaga. "This might be one of the best days of my life."

Gaga, who made a $1.2 million personal contribution to the foundation, addressed a panel that included Oprah Winfrey, spiritual leader Deepak Chopra, E! News correspondent and LGBT parent and spouse David Burtka and U.S. Secretary of Health and Human Services Kathleen Sebelius.

"Like everything my daughter has done, this is a grassroots initiative asking for the response of the community to help build this movement and shape it," Gaga's mother said at the event. "Therefore a safe and trusted online community will allow users to share stories about themselves and their lives. Supporters can draw courage from the words of others as they explore Born This Way Foundation's online community."


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