She performed “Million Reasons” for them.
Lady Gaga skipped the shopping on Black Friday and instead spent her time visiting the Ali Forney Center in Brooklyn, N.Y. The organization helps homeless LGBT youth “be safe and become independent as they move from adolescence to adulthood.”
Gaga took to Twitter over the weekend to share a photo from her time at the center, where she wore a T-shirt that read, “BE BRAVE.” She explained in the caption that she led a group meditation and brought gifts.
— xoxo, Joanne (@ladygaga) November 26, 2016
“I’m here today not because I had to excruciatingly pull time out of my schedule to come be here. I’m here because I want to be here,” she said of her visit. “And I’m here because I want this to affect other people around the world, and to remind them that when they are kind, it not only makes the other person feel good, but it makes me feel good, too.”
Fans at the center were also treated to a live acoustic performance of Gaga’s single “Million Reasons,” which she sang while sitting on top of a piano.
Lady Gaga, who identifies as bisexual, has a history of supporting LGBT causes. She fought for marriage equality and the repeal of “don’t ask, don’t tell,” and she and her mother Cynthia also started the Born This Way Foundation to empower youth and address issues such as bullying.
See more footage from Gaga’s visit to the Ali Forney Center below:
Youth at the center also received a visit from Madonna the day before. The singer posted a photo of herself with a group of kids on Instagram, writing in the caption, “Each year the Ali Forney Center provides care for her 1,200 youth who are rejected by their family due to their LGBT identity. AFC provides these youth with tools they need to become independent and more importantly, AFC provides these youth with the love and support they were denied by their families. Because everyone deserves to be loved and everyone deserves a home.”
Had so much fun sharing Thanksgiving at the Ali Forney Center in Brooklyn! This center protects LGBT Youth from the harms of homelessness and empowers them to reclaim their lives. Each year the Ali Forney Center provides care for over 1,200 youth who are rejected by their family due to their LGBT identity. AFC provides these youth with tools they need to become independent and more importantly, AFC provides these youth with the love and support they are denied by their families. Because everyone deserves to be loved and everyone deserves a home. 💘🙏🏻💙!!!
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