Lady Gaga wants to meet with President Obama to push one of her pet causes, gay teen bullying, in the wake of a 14-year-old gay boy’s suicide. But will Obama meet with her?
The pop singer let her 13.7 million Twitter followers know that she will push her cause with the president.
“I am meeting with our President. I will not stop fighting. This must end,” she wrote.
But getting an audience with Obama appears to be unlikely, at least not one-on-one.
Gaga plans to attend an Obama fundraiser next week but no private meeting has been scheduled, a Democratic official told the Christian Science Monitor. The official spoke anonymously.
Wait a minute, are Sasha and Malia fans of Lady Gaga? If so, never say never.
Gaga, real name Stefani Germanotti, made gay bullying a cause célèbre with her song “Born This Way.”
The issue came into focus when Jamey Rodemeyer, 14, committed suicide Sunday outside his home in Williamsville, N.Y., after complaining of relentless bullying at school.
Rodemeyer had frequently blogged about constant homophobic name calling and online bullying by class mates. He even made references to suicide, in an apparent desperate cry for help.
The youth had been participating in the “It Gets Better Project,” which is meant to give hope to gay teens. He also praised Lady Gaga for her efforts to halt bullying.
Gaga expressed sadness over Twitter Wednesday about the suicide and vowed to take her campaign to the president.
Lesbian, gay and bisexual (LGB) teens are five times more likely to attempt suicide than heterosexuals, but a supportive community can make a difference in their lives, according to a new study published in the latest issue of medical journal Pediatrics.
The study found that living in areas with a high proportion of gay and lesbian couples, and attending schools with gay-straight alliances and anti-discrimination policies, were less likely to attempt suicide, it found.
The finding is “a call to action in providing a roadmap for how we can begin to reduce suicide in LGB youth,” Mark Hatzenbuehler, the study’s author from Columbia University in New York, told Reuters.
Police are investigating the case to determine if criminal charges are warranted in Rodemeyer’s death.
New York, like most states doesn’t have an anti-bullying law, but bullies could be charged with harassment or aggravated harassment, or a hate crime, according to police.
The White House held a conference on bullying prevention in March. Some 13 million students, or about a third of those attending school, may be victims, according to the Monitor.
Obama said then 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.”