Lady Gaga’s Plan to Help LGBT Youth

It’s not easy to get tickets to Lady Gaga’s Monster Ball tour, which has sold out in stadiums across the world. But now, it will get a little easier — for those willing to help the LGBT community, anyway.

Lady Gaga tour sponsor Virgin Mobile came up with an idea to both give fans tickets, and help the LGBT community. Gaga and Virgin partnered with homeless youth shelters and other LGBT youth organizations, offering concert tickets to volunteers willing to help LGBT youth for eight hours.

Last Tuesday morning, 14 volunteers came to Hollywood’s Covenant House in Los Angeles to help LGBT youth and get concert tickets. The Covenant House is an outreach program and homeless youth shelter. The Covenant House helps youth — who are oftentimes LGBT — get off the streets by providing shelter, counseling and medical services, and career and financial planning advice.

Gaga and Virgin are targeting 25 cities for volunteer outreach focusing on LGBT youth.

There are an estimated 1.6 million homeless American youth. According to a 2007 study by the National Gay and Lesbian Task Force, between 20 and 40 percent of homeless American youth identify as LGBT. LGBT youth are disproportionately homeless for a variety of reasons — many are kicked out of their homes when they come out to their parents or leave home due to physical, sexual, and emotional abuse. LGBT youth are also more likely to attempt suicide, be involved in sex work, or use drugs. LGBT youth are also sometimes abused by staff and residents at shelters, forcing them back onto the streets.

Turns out, Gaga isn’t just fighting for LGBT equality by standing up against the Westboro Baptist Church. She’s found a much more direct, ingenious way to help the LGBT community. By giving out tickets to those fans that help LGBT youth, Gaga is encouraging people to volunteer to help LGBT youth and getting much-needed help and exposure for important organizations.

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