Whatever you may think of her music, Lady Gaga‘s (Twitter, Facebook) dedication and advocacy of the LGBT community should not be overshadowed. The 25 year old pop singer-songwriter has made herself not only a glam rocker and “The Fame Monster”, but she has also made herself into a gay music icon, and a well-known spokesperson discussing gay rights and HIV/AIDS awareness.
In the past, Lady Gaga has spoken our her adamant support and gratitude for the gay community and her gay fans. She held The Monster Ball Tour after the tragic 2010 Haiti earthquake, where one of the included shows donated any revenue to a relief fund for Haiti’s reconstruction. Funds made from Gaga’s interactive store that day were additionally included to the contribution.
Now in 2011, Gaga has focused on raising money to provide relief to the victims of the Japanese earthquake and tsunami, through selling her own designed Japanese bracelets. Other philanthropic activities include the Viva Glam Movement, an online motion to stop the spread of HIV/AIDS. A tight collaboration between Gaga and MAC Cosmetics, the Viva Glam will allow people to upload their photos and win a chance of being featured on a wearable piece of art that Gaga will sport. All proceeds will go to the MAC AIDS Fund.
“I don’t want Viva Glam to be just a lipstick you buy to help a cause. I want it to be a reminder when you go out at night to put a condom in your purse right next to your lipstick,” said Gaga in a recent press release.
The latest charitable stint from Lady Gaga is her releasing a country version of her smash hit “Born This Way.” After unveiling it on her Twitter page, originally as a gift to her fans, Gaga decided to officially sell the song and have all revenue go directly to benefit the Gay, Lesbian and Straight Network Education (Facebook), which “strives to assure that each member of every school community is valued and respected regardless of sexual orientation or gender identity/expression.”
“Born This Way—Country Road Version” was produced by Lady Gaga and Fernando Garibay. The track features new vocals and added guitar and harmonica. The original version of the song is the fastest song in history to reach sales of 1,000,000 copies and is the first single and title track to Gaga’s highly anticipated third album, which will be released May 23rd.
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