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Cyndi Lauper Mentors Gay Teen Eli Medina on MTV's 'Made'

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Tune in to MTV's Made today at 4 pm EST (repeating Wednesday at 3) for an episode about Eli Medina, a gay teen from Norman, Oklahoma who is living on his own after his mother rejected him for telling her he is gay.

If you've never seen Made, it's an Emmy-winning aspirational reality show about high school kids who want to transform themselves into something better. It's Eli's dream to be a "diva superstar". Unfortunately, he's too shy to sing in front of others. With the help of Cyndi Lauper and Made coach singer Jeremiah Abiah, Eli finds the strength to conquer his fears.

Lauper also asked Eli to participate in a video for her "We Give a Damn" organization which highlights LGBT issues in a series of web videos.

Check out two previous Made episodes about gay teens here and here.

Check out a couple preview clips, AFTER THE JUMP...

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  1. I love MADE. It's such a great show compared to some of the other trash on mtv.

    Posted by: johnpaul | Jan 31, 2011 10:52:31 AM


  2. That child is beautiful and that man is a born coach. I hope Eli has a lot of people taking care of him. Working with Cyndi Lauper is wonderful, but it can also be overwhelming for a troubled teen. Looks like he's in great hands, though.

    Posted by: justme | Jan 31, 2011 11:00:21 AM


  3. Oklahoma's a hell of a lot easier for gay kids now than it was when I was growing up in the 80s, but it's still remarkably tough. I feel for the kid and send good karma his way.

    Posted by: The Milkman | Jan 31, 2011 11:19:41 AM


  4. Cyndi Lauper is truly amazing! I wish that our Community will give her more credit! Her tireless work for Equality is so inspiring! Ms. Lauper deserves MUCH more success! I hope she wins a Grammy for her wonderful Memphis Blues album this month!

    Posted by: Sean | Jan 31, 2011 11:25:00 AM


  5. no doubt his cough,cough mother is a "christian and church goer" ....wow, what scum - people who basically THROW AWAY thier own children.....and IF he makes it BIG $$$ she'll know doubt want him to forgive her......pa-leeeez!

    Posted by: Disgusted American | Jan 31, 2011 1:03:05 PM


  6. crap he's in my town, i better check on him

    Posted by: Tim | Jan 31, 2011 1:51:51 PM


  7. The coach in the clip - he clearly knows what he's doing.

    Posted by: Glenn I | Jan 31, 2011 3:35:01 PM


  8. Oh Cyndi so fabulous I love her so much!

    Posted by: mike | Jan 31, 2011 4:03:57 PM


  9. Eli was amazing. Norman doesn't deserve him, but it's better because of him.

    Posted by: Nick | Feb 1, 2011 3:23:58 AM


  10. "It's Eli's dream to be a 'diva superstar'."

    That's America's dream. The country, and Eli, need to grow up.

    Posted by: JAMES | Feb 1, 2011 3:34:10 AM


  11. WHAT is wrong with people???? His mother doesn't deserve to be called 'mother'. She would cast her own child off just because she doesn't like what he is. Just because you push out a baby doesn't mean you're fit to raise it.

    Posted by: Phoenix19 | Feb 2, 2011 3:45:35 PM


  12. Eli, you are truly amazing ♥♥

    Posted by: Haylee McMahon | Mar 2, 2011 7:22:42 PM


  13. I'm a grandma that love watching Made because the show gives hope to kids growing up. I like Eli's story and can't understand why his mother like, disowned him just because he is gay and probably worry more about what other people say about his son's sexuality. She should be proud to have a son who is not on drugs or doing crimes, and is very talented.Being gay should not change a mother's love toward her children.Good luck, Eli and hope for your success and happiness.

    Posted by: Loren | Nov 29, 2011 12:25:48 AM


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