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Lady Gaga's Mom Explains Why They Started The Born This Way Foundation

Lady Gaga's mom aka, Cynthia Germanotta, joined Elvis Duran this morning to discuss the Born This Way Foundation as well as her participation in our upcoming Drag Spectacular.

Germanotta is the current president of Born This Way Foundation which she co-founded with her daughter Lady Gaga in 2012. She explains to Elvis Wednesday morning that when Gaga was touring and listening to the stories of her fans they came up with the idea to start an organization that benefits the LGBTQ community. The goal of the foundation is to support the wellness of young people and empower them to build a kinder and braver world.

Currently Germanotta explains that the foundation is "busier now more than ever in a wonderful way." She continues, "We're hosting a lot of online events... They are very inspiring, we’re reaching out in very big ways." She goes on to explain how some people "are coping very well and others are struggling to get through the day."

One of their main partners is the ALI Forney Center. Germanotta explains the organization as "the largest LGBTQ homeless shelter in the united states. There mission is to protect the LGBTQ youth from their homes. It’s not just taking them in and sheltering them but it’s getting them back on their feet." Most importantly, the center has NOT shut down during the pandemic. The organization has found ways to help shelter the youths while still abiding to the CDC guidelines. "We're really proud to support and partner with them."

Tuesday, July 21st at 7pm ET, we will be going live on our YouTube page for a Drag Spectacular that will feature performance from drag queens judged by Germanotta, Idina Menzel, Tituss Burgess, Michelle Visage and of course Elvis Duran. Make sure you tune in live Tuesday night to see which queen will be crowned and given the $10,000 prize all while supporting Born This Way Foundation and the ALI Forney Center.

Listen to Cynthia Germanotta's entire conversation with Elvis below including a conversation about the friends Gaga would bring home when she was younger!