Wednesday, February 29, 2012

Gay Ally Lady Gaga’s Harvard Challenge

This story is so timely. Lady Gaga is coming to Harvard University today to launch her Born This Way Foundation, an anti-bullying, youth empowerment organization in the midst of a the controversy of a 1920’s Harvard scandal that expelled 7 students for being gay. It seems that in 1920, a “secret court” at the Ivy League school expelled the 7 students for being gay, or at least the Crimson hierarchy thought they were gay. Now a group of students & faculty members are urging the university’s administration to award the expelled students posthumous degrees. “Given the Born This Way Foundation’s commitment to this mission & their choice to launch their foundation at Harvard, we felt like this was an opportunity to ask for their support & would hope they would join us in asking Harvard to do the right thing here & help seek justice for these students,” Kaia Stern, a visiting faculty member at Harvard. Attending today’s festivities at Sanders Theatre will be Boston’s Mayor Tom Menino with other high-profile guests including Oprah Winfrey & self-help guru Deepak Chopra among others. Prior to the event Menino will join 30 Boston school kids at a youth summit on bullying at Harvard’s Longfellow Hall as part of the Born This Way launch. Updates to Come…:)
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