The ‘Poker Face’ hitmaker – who has tried to promote human rights and social issues for years – has reportedly filed legal documents to trademark ‘Channel Kindness’ through her non-for-profit Born This Way Foundation so that she can expand her charitable services and cultural awareness.
According to the documents, obtained by The Blast, Channel Kindness will provide food and furniture to needy persons, child care services for the children of teenage mothers, temporary housing accommodations for teenage mother and their children, and food to destitute children.
The project will also provide meals to qualified recipients after they are discharged from the hospital, give monetary grants to individuals and local community groups who provide acts of kindness, services, and activities for persons in need and help arrange fundraising events to encourage intercollegiate athletic programmes as well as many other things.
The 32-year-old singer launched Channel Kindness in 2016 as a media platform that saw youth reporters cover acts of kindness in their communities. The Born This Way Foundation was set up in 2011 and aims to help young people build a “kinder and braver world” for the future.
A description of the charity on its website reads: “Born This Way Foundation is committed to supporting the wellness of young people and empowering them to build a kinder and braver world. Focusing on fostering kindness and mental wellness, the foundation leverages innovative programming, quality research, and authentic partnerships in order to: demonstrate the potential of kindness to transform lives and communities, validate the emotions of young people, and eradicate the stigma around mental health.”
In 2016, Gaga herself revealed she suffered from PTSD after allegedly being raped at the age of 19 by a man who was 20 years older than her.
After visiting an LGBT youth center in November 2016, she said: “I told the kids today that I suffer from a mental illness. I suffer from PTSD. I’ve never told anyone that before, so here we are. But the kindness that’s shown to me by doctors as well as my family, and my friends, it’s really saved my life. I have a mental illness, and I struggle with that mental illness every day.”