There’s a million reasons to love Lady Gaga, and her Black Friday visit to the Ali Forney LGBT Center in New York, only aides those sentiments more! Gaga launches #ShareKindness campaign to inspire “one million acts of kindness” in emotional visit with the Center last Thursday. She reveals how her trauma helps her relate to other’s trauma and how kindness cures hate, bigotry, and our differences.
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“I’ve been searching for ways to help myself, and I found that kindness is the best way,” she said, arriving at the Harlem-based organization with bags filled with clothes, makeup, and other holiday gifts for the teens waiting inside, later revealing one of her “deepest secrets” as a means to help the center’s youth population cope with their own struggles. “I told the kids today, ‘I suffer from PTSD.’ I’ve never told anyone that before. So, here we are. But, the kindness that’s been shown to me by doctors as well as my family, and my friends – it’s really saved my life.”
“These children are not just homeless or in need. Many of them are trauma survivors. They’ve been rejected in some type of way,” she said as one of the shelter’s residents told her listening to her third album Born This Way helped him get through a difficult period in his life after his parents rejected him for being gay.
Ahead of singing an a capella cover of Nat King Cole’s “Smile,” Gaga continued: “Meditation helps me to calm down. I don’t have the same kinds of issues that you have, but I have a mental illness, and I struggle with that mental illness every day. I need my mantra to help keep me relaxed. You are brave. You are courageous.”
Find out more information about how to get involved on the Born This Way Foundation’s website.