The president of the Born This Way Foundation urges tech executives to sign a pledge to end online harassment

Before Lady Gaga was worshipped by her throng of “little monsters,” she was Stefani Germanotta. And as a schoolgirl, the would-be pop star was, as her mother Cynthia Germanotta said at Recode’s Code Conference, “undeniably unique.”

But while being unique is Lady Gaga’s claim to fame, it was young Stefani’s cross to bear.

“At times she was taunted, humiliated and isolated,” Germanotta said of her daughter’s school experience. “It was devastating for her to experience, and heartbreaking for me to watch.”

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