Lady Gaga Adamant About Meeting With Obama Following Teen Suicide
After the suicide of a bullied gay teen grabbed national headlines, thanks to video messages he taped saying that he was inspired by Lady Gaga's support of the LGBT community, which taught him that it is okay to be "born this way," Gaga is leading the crusade to help end the epidemic of bullying. She is adamant about getting a meeting with President Obama to address this crippling problem and to find a solution.
Jamey Rodemeyer hung himself after revealing that the bullying he received in the hallways of his high school had become too much to handle. He made videos for the "It Gets Better Project," which aims to provide hope and resources to gay teens coming to terms with their sexual orientation. The news of the suicide broke Gaga's heart and got her wheels spinning to use her fame for good. She is attempting to run this issue up the flag pole to the leader of the free world.
On Wednesday, she tweeted "I am meeting with our President. I will not stop fighting. This must end. Our generation has the power to end it. Trend it #MakeALawForJamey."
The Obama administration is well aware of the prevalance of bullying, with the president saying he hoped to "dispel the myth that bullying is just a harmless rite of passage or an inevitable part of growing up. It's not." Approximately 13 million students are subjected to bullying.
According to the Associated Press (via Billboard), the Mother Monster is planning to attend a West Coast fundraiser for Obama next week. A private meeting between Gaga and Obama has yet to be scheduled, according to an official who spoke anonymously and is not authorized to speak about the fundraiser.
Rodemeyer's parents said he had been a victim of bullying for years, but things appeared to be getting better when he began high school earlier this month. In his videos, he often praised Gaga and spoke of suicide. Authorities are currently investigating whether criminal charges are going to be filed. While New York state does not have anti-bullying laws, the bullies could be charged with harassment of the aggravated sort.