At the event, she accepted her “Hero” award, telling the room, “I appreciate this award so much. But truthfully, I am not the hero. The hero is Jamey.” Gaga accepted the award from the family of Jamey Rodemeyer, a Gaga fan who committed suicide 11 weeks ago. “I want my fans and people all over the world to know that there’s always somebody that’s listening,” she added. “But I want them to know they’re listening before it gets too late.”
During her speech on Sunday, Gaga touched on her wishes to someday make bullying a hate crime. The Born This Way foundation founder added, “I learned very long ago that my time here on this earth would not just be for pop singing because I was very blessed to have beautiful fans, like I have in Jamey, like I will always have in Jamey. Thank you so much this award tonight. This means more to me than any Grammy I could ever win.”
Also there helping to spread the word about the organization’s mission to help the LGBT community were the cast of “Glee,” Miley Cyrus, Neil Patrick Harris and Zachary Quinto, to name a few.