Why Lady Gaga Is an Inspiration for LGBTQ+ Youth

No matter gay, straight, or bi, kids can always look up to Lady Gaga. She performed at the Super Bowl, she acted in and won an Oscar for A Star Is Born, and she’s one of the most powerful female artists in the world. Learn what makes Lady Gaga a strong advocate for the LGBTQ+ community and what inspired her to start her nonprofit organization, the Born This Way Foundation.

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Lady Gaga | Axelle/Bauer-Griffin/FilmMagic

Lady Gaga has always been an advocate for the LGBTQ+ community

This actress, musician, and activist’s advocacy didn’t begin with “Born This Way.” Since the start of her musical career, Lady Gaga represented the queer community while being interviewed, when performing live, and even while getting photographed in drag.

Her masculine drag alter-ego, Jo Calderone, appeared in 2011. Since then, Lady Gaga proved that drag could mean anything from dressing in a meat dress to doing multiple outfit reveals on the Met Gala’s red carpet. Her prominence in the LGTBQ+ community grew over time.

Lady Gaga Met Gala
Lady Gaga attends The 2019 Met Gala | Dia Dipasupil/FilmMagic

She started the ‘Born This Way Foundation’

In 2011, Lady Gaga released her hit song, “Born This Way.” Lady Gaga inspired her fans and in turn, the fans inspired Lady Gaga.

In 2012, the artist and her mother, Cynthia Germanotta, started the Born This Way Foundation. According to their website, this nonprofit, works to create a kinder world and to “provide youth with genuine opportunities, quality resources, and platforms to make their voices heard.”

In addition to the programs available for kids, the Born The Way Foundation collects data on mental wellness “to explore how a young person’s mental wellness is impacted by their online behavior.” The Foundation also works with companies like the Benenson Strategy Group to survey and collect information about mental health and emotional intelligence.

In 2016, the organization partnered with Intel and Vox for their Hack Harassment Campaign and in the same year, the organization partnered with the Elton John AIDS Foundation for their Love Bravery Campaign. The organization continues to raise money and provide resources for children across the globe.

Lady Gaga was a guest judge on ‘RuPaul’s Drag Race’ season 9

This artist also impacts and inspires via her visibility. For the premiere of RuPaul’s Drag Race season 9 on VH1, Lady Gaga starred as a guest judge. She entered the workroom as “Ronnie” from Newark, New Jersey. It wasn’t until the contestants found out that Ronnie was Lady Gaga that RuPaul revealed the maxi challenge. The challenge was a Lady Gaga-inspired runway.

Additionally, Lady Gaga starred in the Oscar Award-winning film, A Star is Born, alongside prominent drag queens, Shangela and Willam.

“I make a joke sometimes that behind every female icon is a gay man and I really wouldn’t be here without the gay community and what they have taught me about love and acceptance and bravery,” Lady Gaga said in an interview with The Playlist, about A Star Is Born.

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