Lady Gaga Asks to Meet with Obama After Bullied Teen’s Suicide
The news of Jamey Rodemeyer's suicide on Sunday sent shockwaves throughout the LGBT community and has left many people demanding that bullying be addressed as a federal issue. In fact, Lady Gaga was so shaken by the news she’s called for a meeting with President Obama to discuss introducing laws that would qualify bullying as a hate crime.
Rodemeyer’s parents said their son was taunted for months at school and online for being gay, but they thought he had begun to rise above the hate. The 14-year-old even posted an “It Gets Better” video in May, encouraging other LGBT teens to stay strong.
In the video, Rodemeyer named Lady Gaga as one of his inspirations. “She makes me so happy," he said. She lets me know that I was born this way and that’s my advice to you from her. You were born this way. All you have to do is hold your head up and you’ll go far.”
Gaga tweeted about her anger and sadness over Rodemeyer’s death on Wednesday, sayaing, “The past days I’ve spent reflecting, crying, and yelling. I have so much anger. It is hard to feel love when cruelty takes someones life.” Soon after, the singer followed up by posting Rodemeyer’s “It Gets Better” video and insisting that bullying be defined as “a hate crime.”
Now, Gaga appears to be backing up her words with action. Her latest tweet on the issue read, “I am meeting with our President. I will not stop fighting. This must end. Our generation has the power to end it.”
MTV.com reports that a spokesperson for the White House couldn’t confirm at press time if an official meeting between Gaga and President Obama had been set up to discuss the issue.