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Cyndi Lauper, True Colors Fund Launch Program Focused on Homeless LGBT Youth

Cyndi Lauper and the True Colors Fund launched the first national program to focus solely on youth homelessness and its impact on LGBT youth.

The Forty to None Project is the result of the True Colors Fund’s extensive nationwide research into the best ways to educate, empower and advocate for homeless LGBT youth.

“We’ve done our homework. We traveled the country, visiting shelters, drop-in centers, outreach programs, advocacy organizations, and importantly, we talked to the kids themselves to identify the best ways we can help to address this crisis,” said Gregory Lewis, executive director of the True Colors Fund, in a press release.

An estimated 40 percent of the 1.6 million homeless youth are homeless in America identify as lesbian, gay, bisexual or transgender, according to the National Coalition for the Homeless. This startling disparity is primarily due to family rejection attributed to the young person’s LGBT-identity, forcing them out of their homes.

“Everything we’ve learned in the past year has made it clear that homeless and at-risk LGBT youth are being left behind, and that’s why we started the Forty to None Project,” said Lewis. “We will work tirelessly to ensure that these young people receive the attention, resources and support they need and deserve.”

The Forty to None Project seeks to not only raise awareness of this staggering number, but also to provide youth with the attention, resources and support they need, along with the end to LGBT youth homelessness.

Watch the Forty to None Projects’s PSA featuring Cyndi Lauper, below

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