Cyndi Lauper’s “True Colors Fund” Supports Homeless LGBT Youth
April 9, 2010
The following post comes from HRC's Candace Gingrich: We all have another reason to love Cyndi Lauper. Personally, I’ve loved her since back in the day and the first time I wore neon parachute pants and sang “Girls Just Want to Have Fun” at the top of my lungs. And she just got better with age – from her wacky pro-wrestling partnership with Lou Albano in the 80’s (often credited for getting mainstream followers to the sport) to her current stint on The Apprentice (this is the only season I have ever watched a minute of that show, and she is why!). And in the midst of this all she has become a strong LGBT advocate and friend of the Human Rights Campaign – performing at our dinners and heading up the True Colors music tours across the country. Now, reason number 1,235 to love Cyndi – she is making permanent housing for LGBT homeless youth a reality in her hometown of New York City. In a statement, she shared why this topic is important to her:
Kids are coming out in greater numbers as they see themselves accepted and represented on TV and in movies, but they’re still being kicked out of their homes or running away and living on the streets. We need to make sure we’re taking care of them. This is the next generation of the LGBT community.
Spot on, Cyndi. The True Colors Residence will provide queer homeless youth in NYC – almost 8,000 of them according to the Task Force’s report on LGBT homeless [pdf] - with access to safe, permanent and affordable housing. Lauper is providing funds for the residence through her True Colors Fund and has taken a leading role in championing and promoting it. In a message from Cyndi she states the goal of the facility:
...to provide a physically and emotionally safe and supportive environment that will empower our young residents to be the self-loving, happy, and successful individuals they were meant to be.
Cheers to you, Cyndi - and good luck on Celebrity Apprentice. I know that when you leave those other contestants in the dust you’ll do more great things with your big, fat paycheck.
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