Here is something to be thankful for this season: celebs like Lady Gaga, who know the importance of giving back. According to iHeartRadio, Lady Gaga spent Black Friday with LGBTQ youth at the Ali Forney Center. The Center acts as a home for homeless LGBTQ youths who have nowhere else to go. Lady Gaga stopped by the center to offer her time, as well as an acoustic performance of her song "Million Reasons." One of Lady Gaga's many fans in the room captured her performance on video, and you can see her pause to tell the teens, "You have to keep the faith."
Lady Gaga has always been passionate about issues affecting the LGBTQ community. In 2011, she began the Born This Way Foundation to empower the next generation. Her visit to the Ali Forney Center is just one more way Lady Gaga is committed to pledging her time and resources to helping others. Thanksgiving is a holiday all about community, family, love, and sharing, and Gaga did all that and more for the teens at Ali Forney. Not only did she perform, she also led them in a group meditation session, and brought everyone gifts, according to David Liu, who posted the video of Lady Gaga's performance.
Seeing celebs like Lady Gaga give so freely of themselves is always inspiring. It is clear she has a great amount of respect and compassion for the LGBTQ youths she met at the center. The photo she posted on her Twitter feed reveals Lady Gaga wore a shirt that read "Be Brave," as she sat with the group and led a meditation session. Knowing how Gaga spent her holiday weekend is just one more reason to admire her as an artist and as a person. Not many people, celebrities or not, take the time to help those in need. Lady Gaga is definitely one of the good ones.
Lady Gaga was not the only star to stop by the Ali Forney Center over the holiday, though. Entertainment Weekly reported Madonna spent Thanksgiving with the kids at the center, and shared a photo on her Instagram page with a caption celebrating the Ali Forney Center. "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," Madonna wrote. "Because everyone deserves to be loved and everyone deserves a home."
No one deserves such an outpouring of love and support more than the kids at the Ali Forney Center. Good work, Lady Gaga and Madonna, you both did Thanksgiving right.