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Lady Gaga visits White House to talk bullying

December 7, 2011 - Washington

Lady Gaga has visited the White House to discuss how to ''inspire young people'' and ''shine a spotlight'' on bullying.

The 25-year-old pop superstar - who has supported measures to put an end to bullying in American high schools following the suicide of gay teenager Jamey Rodemeyer - took a trip to President Obama's home in Washington D.C. on Tuesday to see adviser Valerie Jarrett, who admits she was "deeply moved" by her story.

"Lady Gaga has described this cause as a personal one - she has said that as a child, she was often picked on for being different," Contactmusic quoted Valerie as saying.

"I am deeply moved by the way she has used her story, and her success, to inspire young people, and shine the spotlight on important issues," she added.

In November, Gaga set up the Born This Way Foundation, in partnership with groups including the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation and the Berkman Center for Internet and Society at Harvard University, to help young people to develop self confidence and well being.

The 'Marry the Night' singer recently won a Hero Award in recognition of her work with the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender community by the Trevor Project a non-profit company that offers suicide prevention services.


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