Lady Gaga Wows the World from the Super Bowl Halftime Stage

Originally Published February 7, 2017 on

The Superstar's Messages of Empowerment, Love and Acceptance are Clear to All

When Lady Gaga appeared, on the edge of glory, on the Super Bowl LI half-time stage, her glittery outfit and powerful voice hit home with fans in the stadium and throughout the world. She began with an American theme many pundits have called political commentary on the current presidential administration, and then transitioned into a stream of fan favorites including Born This Way.

As always, the performance was as unique and fabulous as the legend herself. Lady Gaga’s words never cease to move her audience. It’s always been this way.

Nick B. was horribly bullied as a child. He was scared into silence. He was always afraid. And, then, he heard Lady Gaga’s “Born this Way” album. He listened to the songs and the words took on real personal meaning. He became a brave boy, a boy whose boosted confidence and belief in himself won him “best dressed” senior in high school.  

While the young man lost his life in an untimely, tragic car accident, he passed away at a time when he was finally feeling accepted, thank to Lady Gaga’s Born this Way Foundation and the the Born Brave Bus that followed the touring singer. 

Samantha Hanson, operations associate at Lady Gaga’s Born This Way Foundation, says Nick B.’s story is not uncommon. “Lady Gaga’s music has provided many people with the courage to overcome and become themselves,” she said. 

A Humble Organization with Star Quality

Lady Gaga (born Stefani Joanne Angelina Germanotta) and her mother, Cynthia Germanotta, launched the Born This Way Foundation in 2012. At the time, Gaga was just 25 years old and at the height of her success with the album Born This Way.

“Instead of asking herself how she could ride this awesome album out,” Hanson said, “Lady Gaga said, `I’ve hit the top. How can I help people?’”

Lady Gaga’s fans are some of the most loyal in the entertainment industry; the reaction to her Super Bowl halftime show was certainly a testament to that. Her music’s message is one of inclusion, no matter one’s race, nationality, gender or sexual identity.

In fact, when Gaga put a link to her fan club’s page on her own official website, members immediately found a safe space to talk about their sexual and gender identities.

Born this Way Foundation is committed to supporting community wellness and empowerment. “The Born This Way Foundation is a bridge for people to be able to talk openly about whatever they are going through,” Hanson said, “whether it’s sexuality, PTSD or mental health issues.”

The Born This Way Foundation can be a light in the darkness for anyone and everyone who needs a shoulder or an ear. Participation at all levels is welcome, as are much-needed donations to fund these important programs. To learn more or to get involved in any fashion, please visit Born This Way Foundation.

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