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Lady Gaga's Born This Way Foundation will launch this afternoon, and many A-list celebrities will be there to offer their support.
The foundation is expected to help youth fight by fighting bullying, and encouraging them to be who they are online and off. Gaga has long been an advocate for those who feel ostracized by their community. The debut of the foundation has sparked massive interest, with over 100,000 people signing up to receive information through the site.
She currently has over 15 million Twitter followers and 1.6 billion video views on YouTube. In addition to Gaga, many other celebrities are expected to turn out to the official launch at Harvard University. Oprah Winfrey, Deepak Chopra and U.S. Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius are all expected to be on-hand alongside Gaga.
According to the foundation's website, "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."
It's three pillars are to create safe spaces to celebrate individuality; teach advocacy, promote civic engagement and encourage self-expression; and provide ways to implement solutions to impact local communities.
"I'm so excited to launch the BORN THIS WAY FOUNDATIN at Harvard with my mom tomorrow," Gaga tweeted yesterday. "I'll be there with an amazing repertoire of experts."
Just a few hours ago she tweeted, "Getting ready for Harvard. Mother is asking me for fashion advice, little does she know I stole her look." Fans have also tweeted about today's event, giving their full support and appreciation for what she is doing.
"Cannot wait for the BTW Foundation Launch TODAY!!" texted user LordGagaloo. "Good luck on your launch of the BTW Foundation today," added Jonathan Buechner.