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Cyndi Lauper Discusses Longtime Support for HRC in Memoir

This post comes from HRC Editorial and Digital Media Intern Leanne Naramore:

Music legend Cyndi Lauper discusses her longtime alliance with HRC in her book Cyndi Lauper: A Memoir, which was officially released today.

Lauper has supported and partnered with HRC for several years. She won HRC’s National Equality Award in 2005 for her dedication to LGBT advocacy, and she performed at HRC’s 2011 National Dinner. She co-founded the True Colors Fund to "inspire and engage everyone, especially straight people, to become active participants in the advancement of gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender equality and to raise awareness about and bring an end to gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender youth homelessness."

The True Colors Fund has partnered with HRC to raise awareness and campaign for funding on Capitol Hill to address LGBT youth homelessness. She dedicated all proceeds from her “True Colors” tour to HRC, the Matthew Shepard Foundation, PFLAG, and CenterLink, and she has long been among the most active celebrities working towards LGBT equality.

In her book, Lauper writes about her “True Colors” tour: “We never made a profit from the tour, but we did raise a lot of money and awareness for those nonprofits. And I think we changed some perceptions about the community by talking about what was going on. You see, the only thing that the LGBT community wanted and still wants is to be full-fledged citizens, with the same rights as any straight American. They pay the same taxes but they don't have the same rights.”

She also tells the story of watching President Obama’s inauguration at HRC’s watch party in 2009: “And I looked around me in the room, at folks watching so hopeful, arm in arm. I couldn't help thinking that love is love and that maybe, someday, everybody will understand that.”

To read more from Cyndi Lauper: A Memoir, buy it on her website.

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