Just because Lady Gaga is recovering from surgery, doesn’t mean she has to stop working and catering to her fans. On March 13, Cynthia Germanotta, President & Co-Founder of The Born This Way Foundation announced that the Born Brave Bus is headed back on the road to embark on a four-city tour beginning March 16th. The bus tour, (had been postponed in February following the cancellation of the Born This Way Ball tour due to a hip injury), is an effort by the Born This Way Foundation to inspire bravery and promote self-acceptance among young people.
Covered in artwork created by real Gaga fans, the bus and surrounding experience provides youth with an interactive way to meet like-minded peers, and to connect with local resources in their communities including behavioral and mental health services, school psychologists, mentoring, volunteer opportunities and bullying and suicide prevention resources. While counseling will not be provided on site, youth will be directed to local professionals who can provide services to them on an individual basis.
Tour dates, cites, and locations are listed below and more specific details will be announced at www.bornthiswayfoundation.org.
– Saturday, March 16: Philadelphia, PA, Art Museum Front Steps; 3pm-7pm
– Tuesday, March 19: Washington, D.C., The National Mall; 1pm-7pm
– Saturday and Sunday, March 23 and 24: New York City, Times Square (Between 46th and 47th Streets); Saturday, 3pm-7pm & Sunday, 12pm-6pm
– Wednesday, March 27: Chicago, IL, Gateway Park at Navy Pier; 12pm-6pm
Visitors to the bus can enjoy food, live performances from Lady Gaga’s friends The Dirty Pearls, as well as DJ sets from Lady Starlight and DJ White Shadow in select cities, and fun activities including interactive digital kiosks, games and more.
To support the Born Brave Bus tour, BTWF has joined forces with Campus Pride, GLSEN, Hive & YOUMedia, the National Association of School Psychologists, the National Council for Behavioral Health, MENTOR, Mentoring USA, The Trevor Project and YSA (Youth Service America). Participating YMCAs include the Chicago YMCA Metro, the Bronx YMCA and the East Los Angeles YMCA, but other YMCA branches are invited to join in the movement.
Head to the BTWF website for area-specific updates on how to pre-rgister and support the cause visit www.bornthiswayfoundation.org.