40 to None: Cyndi Lauper Commited to LGBT Youth

Cyndi Lauper is such a tireless champion for lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender youth–her work through her True Colors Fund, her audacious Give a Damn campaign, the NY home for homeless youth she founded, and her new organization Forty to None are all incredibly inspirational. In America, estimates range from 600,000 to 1.5 million homeless minors living on our streets and in shelters, and up to 40% of those identify as gay or transgender. Queer young people are exponentially more likely to attempt/succeed committing suicide, and, of course, bullying is off the charts. If your brain can stretch to imagine the hell of being a targeted young person, then add to that the weight of having been kicked out of your home, ostracized, possibly excommunicated from your place of worship, or voluntarily running away from home and unbearable situations, your stretched brain is going to hurt. Now imagine living it 24/7.

The Forty to None Project is the first national program exclusively dedicated to bringing an end to the epidemic of homelessness among LGBT youth–bringing that astronomical and unacceptable percentage from 40 percent, to none. The project is a newborn, but has huge and lofty goals in the areas of education, advocacy, empowerment, capacity building, and inclusion. Get yourself educated, get involved, and get kids off the streets. There are no red/blue divisions on this issue, no donkeys and elephants, just humanity, uniting us all.

2 responses to this post.

  1. The Palette Fund , the Forty to None Project (a project of the True Colors Fund ), and the Williams Institute released today the results of the LGBT Homeless Youth Provider Survey. Researchers fielded the survey in late 2011 and early 2012 to better understand the capacity of organizations serving homeless young people to provide services to gay and transgender youth. The survey also analyzed the prevalence of gay and transgender youth within the larger youth homeless population. The final report aggregates the survey responses of 354 agencies in the United States that serve youth who are, or are at risk of becoming, homeless.


  2. After a year of development, we are proud to launch the result of our extensive research – the Forty to None Project – the first national program to focus solely on youth homelessness and its impact on gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender young people. The Forty to None Project is committed to doing all it can to help to bring an end to this epidemic, and reduce the disproportionate percentage of gay and transgender youth who are homeless from 40% to none.


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