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You would think that in this day and age, people would embrace differences. That is seeing as though modern-day visionaries are as diverse as Mark Zuckerburg and Oprah Winfrey; and throughout history they have been as eclectic as Albert Einstein and Pablo Picasso. So it’s puzzling why bullying for being different would even be an issue…but the root of that problem could be debated for days.

Incidentally Lady Gaga, who is about as average as one would anticipate had an Alexander McQueen fantasy come to life, has taken closely to the issue. During her performance at iHeartRadio in Las Vegas this fall, she sang a tribute in honor of a 14-year-old ‘little monster’ who had committed suicide as a result of being bullied. Now Gaga has partnered with the MacArthur Foundation and Harvard’s Berkman Center for Internet & Society to form an entire foundation dedicated to the cause.

The singer’s newly announced Born This Way Foundation was inspired by a “brave new world” where issues such as self-confidence, wellbeing, mentoring, and career development are tackled to empower individuals in the face of bullying. Although the foundation won’t launch until 2012, its current website offers messages like, “this way towards acceptance, where humanity is embraced; this way towards love, where individuality is encouraged,” to comfort visitors who might be seeking support in the future.

Cynthia Germanotta, Lady Gaga’s mother, will serve as Director of the foundation. The advisory board has yet to be announced.