Lady Gaga says she will meet Barack Obama over anti-gay bullying
Lady Gaga says she plans to meet President Obama to discuss homophobic bullying after one of her young fans killed himself.
Jamey Rodemeyer, 14, from Buffalo, New York, killed himself om Sunday after posting an online tribute to the singer.
The teenager was gay and said no one had listened to his pleas for help over bullying.
Writing on Twitter, Gaga, who previously lobbied for an end to the military gay ban, called for a “law for Jamey” to ban bullying.
She said she had spent days “reflecting, crying, and yelling” and wrote: “I have so much anger. It is hard to feel love when cruelty takes someones life … Bullying must become be illegal. It is a hate crime.”
Gaga added: “I am meeting with our president. I will not stop fighting. This must end. Our generation has the power to end it.”
Jamey had blogged regularly about being taunted at school and messages were left on his Formspring account calling him “gay and ugly” and encouraging him to kill himself.
On September 9th, he wrote: “I always say how bullied I am, but no one listens. What do I have to do so people will listen to me?”
On Saturday night, he posted a line from a Lady Gaga song on his Facebook page: “Don’t forget me when I come crying to heaven’s door.”
Hours later, Jamey posted a tribute to the singer and wrote that he was looking forward to seeing his late great-grandmother again. He was found dead shortly afterwards.
His mother, Tracy Rodemeyer, told Buffalo News: “He touched so many hearts, so many people. I didn’t realise how many people he touched.
“He was the sweetest, kindest kid you’d ever know. He would give all his heart to you before he gave any to himself.”