Posts Tagged ‘Give a Damn Campaign’

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.

True Colors Home

photo: "Bring Ya To The Brink"

Cyndi Lauper is a hero. She has, for a long time, been a real champion of equality. Her True Colors Tour was a series of concerts with amazing special guests to many venues to raise awareness for LGBT equality. She just recently launched a new initiative, the Give a Damn Campaign, for everyone who cares about equality, but especially straight people who know what’s right, and that there is a lot of work for us all to make it right. Celebs and the rest of us, along with Cyndi, take on issues like marriage equality, youth homelessness, hate crimes, immigration, older adults, and more. Go to to get involved.

Now, Cyndi is launching even further into orbit (and earning her wings in a big way) as she has announced that in 2011, she will be opening the True Colors Residence, a live-in center/shelter for homeless LGBT young people, in Harlem. Specifically intended for young adults who have been kicked out of their family homes or have run away from unlivable conditions because they are gay, lesbian, bisexual, or transgender, the home will have 30 studio apartments, a computer room, library, and shared space. With thousands of homeless LGBT youth in New York, and exponentially more throughout the nation…around the world…forward momentum like this is huge.