Yesterday, pop icon and acceptance advocate Lady Gaga headed to Harvard University to launch the Born This Way Foundation, which supports “youth empowerment and equality by addressing issues like self-confidence, well-being, anti-bullying, mentoring and career development and will utilize digital mobilization as one of the means to create positive change.”
It’s a great mission — one often overlooked but incredibly overdue — but how can people adopt the cause in a tangible way and actually make some kind of positive difference?
When asked by Time how an 11-year-old girl can embody the foundation’s mission, Gaga answered, “She could go up to one person in class who maybe is not one of the cool kids and say, ‘I really like your T-shirt.’ That would be her one great loving and accepting deed for the day.”
Though it sounds like such a small plan of action, it can still make a big difference and even save someone’s life.
“I’m doing everything that I can, working with experts, really studying the statistics to figure out a way we can make it cool or normal to be kind and loving,” says the singer, who has revealed that she was bullied in school.
One small thing that shouldn’t be done? Viewing a bully as the enemy, as hard as that may be to do at times.
“We do not make a distinction between the bully and the victim,” she explained. “Each person is an equally important and valuable member of society. What the foundation is about is a transformative change that is going to take a long time to affect the overall culture. Bullies were born this way, too.”