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Lady Gaga is in mourning. One of her Little Monsters committed suicide after incessant bullying, and now the pop star hoping to meet with President Obama to discuss the issue.
When the self-proclaimed Mother Monster found out 14-year-old Jamey Rodemeyer ended his own life, she twittered her fans, "The past days I've spent reflecting, crying, and yelling. I have so much anger. It is hard to feel love when cruelty takes someone's life." And she added, "Bullying must become be illegal. It is a hate crime.
Rodemeyer, who had participated in Dan Savage's "It Gets Better" campaign on YouTube, thanked Gaga in his video for making him happy and helping him come to terms with his identity.
"She lets me know that I was born this way…. All you have to do is hold your head up and you'll go far…Look at me. I'm doing fine. I went to the Monster Ball and now I'm liberated," he says in the video message.
But despite his optimism in the video, the Buffalo, N.Y., teen continued to feel embattled and blogged about his struggle with bullying.
"I always say how bullied I am, but no one listens," he wrote on Sept. 9. "What do I have to do so people will listen to me?"
In his final messages on Tumblr and Facebook, Rodemeyer continually referred to Gaga and her music. Leading up to his suicide, he posted lyrics from Lady Gaga's song "The Queen" on his Facebook page: "Don't forget me when I come crying to heaven's door." And in his last blog entries, he expressed a desire to see his recently deceased great-grandmother again, and thanked Lady Gaga.
Watch Jamey's touching "It Gets Better" message here: