Lady Gaga has spoken out about the recent tragic mass shootings in Dayton, El Paso, and Gilroy on her Facebook page in an emotional message to victims and survivors, announcing that she will “fully fund” school supplies in classrooms in those cities.
“14 classrooms in Dayton, 125 classrooms in El Paso, and 23 classrooms in Gilroy will now have access to the support they need to inspire their students to work together and bring their dreams to life,” Gaga said on August 9 about the new partnership between her organization, Born This Way Foundation, and DonorsChoose.org.
“My heart goes out to those who were taken from us too soon and to their families, loved ones, and communities who are left to grieve,” the singer added in her Facebook post announcement about those killed and injured in the aforementioned towns. “Everyone has the right to laws that make them feel safe in their communities. In this moment, I want to channel my confusion, frustration, and fury into hope. Hope that we are there for each other and for ourselves.”
This isn’t the first time Gaga has used her platform to promote charity work and giving back. The star began her Born This Way Foundation back in 2012 to support the mental health of young people. She has also been a prominent LGBTQ+ activist, speaking out against homophobic policies such as “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell,” attending Pride Marches, and taking a stand against various policies from the Trump administration.
In her recent post, Gaga also emphasized the importance of [mental health for survivors]https://www.allure.com/story/mental-health-anger-loneliness-depression-physical-health-effects) of traumatic events. “If you’re struggling, please be brave and tell a trusted someone,” she said. “Don’t be scared to ask for help, I beg you. If you see a loved one struggling, please be brave and reach out, remind them it’s ok to not be ok, and listen to them. We cannot turn away from ourselves. We cannot turn away from our loved ones. We need each other. Don’t turn away.”