Lady Gaga‘s tireless campaign against bullying has led all the way to The White House.
Pop’s biggest star on Tuesday was in Washington D.C. to discuss bullying prevention with staffers from President Barack Obama‘s administration, who praised the socially-conscious singer for using her influence for positive causes.
The Born This Way singer is “a source of strength for many young people who feel isolated and scared at their schools,” Obama senior adviser Valerie Jarrett blogged on the White House website following the meeting. “Lady Gaga has described this cause as a personal one – she has said that as a child, she was often picked on for being different.
“I am deeply moved by the way she has used her story, and her success, to inspire young people, and shine the spotlight on important issues.”
The president was not in attendance Tuesday, as he was giving a speech in Kansas; the two crossed paths at a California fundraiser in September, where the Edge of Glory singer, 25, thanked the commander-in-chief for hosting an anti-bullying conference.
The singer has stepped up her anti-bullying campaign following the suicide of her fan Jamey Rodemeyer, a 14-year-old from Buffalo, New York, who killed himself after being teased by peers over his sexuality. In May, the teen had posted a Youtube video titled “It Gets Better,” in which he praised the singer for helping teach tolerance through her art.
“She lets me know that I was born this way,” Rodemeyer said.
For more information on the prevention of gay bullying and teen suicide, go to www.thetrevorproject.org.