Lady Gaga's newest LGBT cause is teen bullying after Buffalo, New York teenager Jamey Rodermeyer died of suicide earlier this month after enduring months of anti-gay bullying. Rodermeyer, a big Gaga fan, sent his last tweet to the pop star:
@ladygaga bye mother monster, thank you for all you have done, paws up forever
Gaga has embraced Rodermeyer and is pushing for legislation to outlaw bulllying and last night she took her cause directly to the top when she attended a $35,800 a plate fundraising dinner at the home of Facebook COO Sheryl Sandberg with President Obama. Several LGBT organizations have decried Gaga's attempt to criminalize bullying, saying that it would be more harmful than helpful. There is already a federal bill pending in Congress - the Safe Schools Improvement Act (HR 1648/S. 506). The bill has bipartisan support in both the House and Senate.
According to a source present in the tent fundraiser, Gaga asked a question during the Q&A. She first thanked the president for what he's accomplished, then read from what she said was a letter from a fan about the suicide of another fan who had been subjected to bullying.
She thanked Obama for hosting his anti-bullying conference with Michelle Obama, and then made a general plea to everyone in the room, including the president, to do what they can to prevent bullying.
Obama thanked her, spoke about his administration's anti-bullying campaign, and then more generally about the importance of values and who we are as Americans.
Gaga also dedicated her song, "Hair," to the recently passed teen in a recent concert that included a video montage in his honor. Video is after the break.