By James MacLean
The Elton John AIDS Foundation (EJAF) is very pleased to announce that Lady Gaga has very generously donated her LennonOno Grant for Peace to EJAF.
“I’m supremely honored to accept this grant and award today on behalf of youth empowerment around the world,” Lady Gaga said in her October 9 acceptance remarks at the award event in Reykjavik, Iceland. “I will be donating this grant to the Elton John AIDS Foundation, and I will be working closely with them.”
“I am profoundly grateful to my friend Lady Gaga for generously donating her LennonOno Grant for Peace to the Elton John AIDS Foundation,” said Founder Sir Elton John. “John Lennon was a very, very dear friend of mine, and I’m so touched that Lady Gaga has chosen my Foundation to receive this grant.”
Awarded every two years on John and Sean Lennon’s birthday, the LennonOno Grant for Peace was also awarded this year to peace activist Rachel Corrie (posthumous), author John Perkins, feminist punk rock band Pussy Riot, and journalist Christopher Hitchens (posthumous).
“Lady Gaga is one of the biggest living artists of our time,” said Yoko Ono during the award presentation. “She is being acknowledged for her activism, and how her album Born This Way has widely changed the mental map of the world.”
“I greatly cherish Lady Gaga’s friendship and have the utmost respect for her, both as a songwriter/performer and as an activist/humanitarian,” added Sir Elton. “Through her Born This Way Foundation, she is using her success and popularity to create safe communities for young people who are being bullied and to give a voice to those who are suffering in silence. Her efforts beautifully complement the Elton John AIDS Foundation’s initiatives to prevent HIV/AIDS among disadvantaged youth, and particularly among gay youth, who are often at greater risk for HIV/AIDS because they are bullied, ostracized, and abandoned. We look forward to working with Lady Gaga on awarding this grant to innovative programs helping disadvantaged HIV-positive young people.”