Meeting with Lady Gaga on enclosure and Equality for Our Young People

Lady Gaga is a source of strength for many young people who feel inaccessible and scared at their schools. Today, I had the opportunity to welcome her to the White House, where we discussed ways we might work together to make sure that no child comes under attack, regardless of his or her race, sexual orientation, gender identity, or any other factor.One of Lady Gaga’s newest projects is joining together with the MacArthur Foundation and Harvard University to launch the Born This Way Foundation, which will discover ways to help change the culture, the policies, and the curriculum surrounding the safety of our children in school.
Lady Gaga has described this cause as a personal one – she has said that as a child, she was frequently picked on for being different. I am deeply moved by the way she has used her story, and her success, to motivate young people, and shine the spotlight on important issues.I am proud to be part of an Administration that has taken steps to address bullying. In 2010, the Department of Education made it clear to schools that allowing bullying against LGBT students can violate anti-discrimination statutes. In 2011, the Department reaffirmed students’ rights to form gay-straight alliances and other similar groups. Earlier this year, President Obama and the First Lady held a White House Conference on Bullying Prevention. And today the Administration released a new analysis of state bullying laws and policies, summarizing the efforts currently in place to prevent bullying in and out of schools. The report shows that while states have made current progress in enacting policies and legislation to address bullying, more must be done.