Lady Gaga. Press photo courtesy Aaron Fallon/Universal Music.

CHARLOTTE, N.C. — A local non-profit working nationally on LGBT issues on college campuses will be one of several new partners with Pop superstar Lady Gaga’s Born This Way Foundation.

Campus Pride, a Charlotte-based group that works with LGBT college students and organizations to make campuses safer and more inclusive for LGBT students, will be one of nine partners with the foundation and its Born Brave Bus Tour. The tour is described as an interactive, pre-concert tailgating experience for young people ages 13-25.

The tour starts in Tacoma, Wash., on Jan. 14.

“Campus Pride is thrilled to collaborate with the Born This Way Foundation and its frontline partners to create this unique experience for youth and young adults across the country,” Campus Pride Executive Director Shane Windmeyer said in a release. “The tour will undoubtedly link new students into our national network — empowering youth leaders, creating safer communities and positive change on college campuses. Our mission directly ties with Lady Gaga and the Born This Way Foundation, and we are grateful for their support in creating safer, more inclusive campuses for LGBT students.”

Registration for Born Brave Bus Tour events will open soon on Born This Way’s website. Participants do not need a concert ticket to attend the pre-concert tour events.

According to a release, the pre-concert events will “promote mental health, mentoring, anti-bullying initiatives, and suicide prevention and inspire self-acceptance, individuality, bravery, and kindness among youth and young adults.”

Other partners in the foundation’s efforts include the Gay, Lesbian, Straight Education Network (GLSEN), Hive & YouMedia, the National Association of School Psychologists, the National Council for Behavioral Health, MENTOR, Mentoring USA, the Trevor Project and Youth Service America.

Read more about the project at Campus Pride’s blog.

[Ed. Note — This writer was briefly employed as a communications manager for Campus Pride during a hiatus from the newspaper in early 2012.]

Matt Comer

Matt Comer previously served as editor from October 2007 through August 2015 and as a staff writer afterward in 2016.