Cyndi Lauper will open the “True Colors Residence” for homeless LGBT youth in New York on September 1.
The idea behind the 30-bed facility, which is on W. 154th St. near Frederick Douglass Blvd, was conceived by Lauper, her manager and the West End Intergenerational Residence, a non-profit that provides housing and support for homeless families and seniors.
The True Colors Residence will be the first permanent housing facility in New York for homeless L.G.B.T. youth.
“In New York City, a very disproportionate number (up to 40 percent) of homeless youth identify as L.G.B.T.,” the Queens singer, actress and writer said in a letter urging donors to support the project. “Even more disturbing are reports that these young people often face discrimination and at times physical assault in some of the very places they have to for help. This is shocking and inexcusable!”
Lauper has long been an advocate for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender rights. In 2007, she created the True Colors Tour, in which she performed and talked about L.G.B.T. issues with Erasure, The B-52s, the Indigo Girls, Deborah Harry and Joan Jett & the Blackhearts. She founded the True Colors Fund in 2008, a non-profit for the advancement of L.G.B.T. equality.
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