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Cyndi Lauper's True Colors Fund Announces New Partnership to Fight LGBT Youth Homelessness

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Cyndi Lauper's True Colors Fund is embarking on a new partnership with homeless youth service provider Covenant House International to help fight the LGBT homeless youth epidemic.

Via press release:

Covenant House, which offers shelter to more than 1,900 homeless youth every night in 27 cities across the United States, Canada, Mexico, Guatemala, Honduras and Nicaragua is expanding the overall number of beds dedicated to homeless youth, including LGBT youth. The True Colors Fund is partnering with Covenant House to support and strengthen programs and services available for LGBT homeless youth served by Covenant House.

While LGBT youth make up only seven percent of the total youth population, they comprise up to 40 percent of all youth experiencing homelessness in America. Together, the True Colors Fund and Covenant House are committed to reversing this trend and providing help to homeless youth, many of whom become homeless after their families reject them because of their sexual orientation or gender identity.

“At the heart of the True Colors Fund's work is supporting service providers in ensuring the safest and most affirming care possible for lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender youth experiencing homelessness. For us, partnering on this effort is a natural fit and speaks volumes about Covenant House's commitment to providing the best possible support to all youth,” said Cyndi Lauper, co-founder of the True Colors Fund. The partnership is beginning with Covenant House in New York City, and will expand to include other Covenant Houses in the US, Canada, and Latin America over the next year.

More information about the new partnership can be found here


50 Cent To Headline At Cyndi Lauper's LGBT Youth Benefit Concert

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The line up for Cyndi Lauper’s Home For the Holidays benefit concert have been announced and this year’s roster is shaping up to be rather interesting. For the past four years Lauper has produced the concert series in collaboration with her True Colors Fund, an organization dedicated to raising awareness about homeless, queer youth.

"I am astounded by the artists who continue to give of their time and talent each and every year and I am so excited by the line-up who are joining us in December,” Lauper exclaimed in a statement. “The concert plays such an important role in supporting the True Colors Fund's work to ensure that no young person is homeless again because of their sexual orientation or gender identity."

In addition to Salt-n-Pepa, Natalie Maines, and Sufjan Stevens, 50 Cent will lend his talents to this year’s show. Curtis Jackson, better known by his stage name, has a storied history of fending off rumors about his sexuality in addition to lashing out at the gay community.

In 2010 Jackson drew heat from Truth Wins Out over a series of tweets relating about oral sex that were interpreted as homophobic. Jackson suggested that men who do not perform oral sex on women should kill themselves, a message that particularly ill-timed considering that 19 year-old Tyler Clementi had recently killed himself after being publicly outed as gay.

“The other night I made a joke about a blow job,” Jackson explained. “My male followers enjoyed it. So I then went on to joke about women receiving the same.”

“[Somehow] they turned a simple joke about oral sex into a anti gay statement. I have nothing against people who choose and alternative life.”

In an interview with Playboy back in 2004, Jackson said:

"I ain't into fa**ots. I don't like gay people around me, because I'm not comfortable with what their thoughts are. I'm not prejudiced. I just don't go with gay people and kick it - we don't have that much in common. I'd rather hang out with a straight dude. But women who like women, that's cool."

Home For the Holidays will take place on December 6th.


Sara Bareilles and Cyndi Lauper Team Up for 'Truly Brave' Mash Up: VIDEO

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To help riase money for the fight against pediatric cancer, Cyndi Lauper and Sara Bareilles teamed up for "Truly Brave" - a stirring mash up of their hits 'True Colors' and 'Brave.' 

Check out the music video, featuring young cancer patients from The Children's Hospital of Philadelphia, AFTER THE JUMP...

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Cyndi Lauper Explains the Sexual Inspiration Behind 'She Bop': VIDEOS

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In September 1984, Cyndi Lauper’s single “She Bop” reached number three on the U.S. Billboard’s Hot 100 — not bad for a song about female masturbation.

In a recent interview to promote her new two-disc release of She's So Unusual: A 30th Anniversary Celebration Lauper revealed that she actually got the idea for the song from a drunken associate and by fingering through the pages of a Blueboy gay porn mag. Hence the lyrics:

Well I see them every night in tight blue jeans
In the pages of a Blueboy magazine
Hey I've been thinkin' of a new sensation
I'm pickin' up good vibrations
Oop she bop she bop

Do I wanna go out with a lion's roar?
Huh, yea, I wanna go south and get me some more
Hey, they say that a stitch in time saves nine
They say I better stop or I'll go blind
Oop she bop she bop

Lauper has also said she recorded the “She Bop” vocals while nude and “tickling herself” in the studio. The late 80s era Parents Music Resource Center included the song in their "Filthy Fifteen" list of songs they found most objectionable. PMRC went on to create the parental guidance warning sticker system placed on albums with “objectionable” content — you know, songs about sex, drugs, violence, or the occult (the things that make music awesome).

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Gay Iconography: Cyndi Lauper Is A Not-So-Unusual Choice

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The phrase "gay icon" gets tossed around a lot, but why is it that some figures amass more of a gay audience? Welcome to Gay Iconography, a feature where we present a proposed iconic figure or character and then ask you to weigh in with your thoughts. 

In February 2013, Cyndi Lauper told the Huffington Post "One of my friends … she said 'Well, you should be a gay icon.' So then I did it, and I started to see discrepancies and things that weren't right, and I didn't want to just shut my mouth, because I don't believe in that."

She makes it sound so easy.

Among those considered to be gay icons, few embody as much of the grit, style and talent as Cyndi.

Her career spans more than four decades, earning her Grammy, Emmy and Tony Awards, (among others). With a four-octave range and perfect pitch, Lauper's unmistakable voice has graced some of the most memorable songs of the 20th century. Throughout her career, she's not only left an indelible mark on pop music with more than 40 singles, but she's been an incredibly vocal ally of the gay community.

Eli"Your civil liberties are my civil liberties," she said in an About.com interview. "I have had many experiences and I'm lucky to have the platform that I do. I want to use it not only to make great music, but make change."

Inspired by her lesbian sister, Lauper has written several songs about gay issues, partnered with organizations like Human Rights Campaign, PFLAG and the Matthew Shepherd Foundation, and she's appeared at various pride events (including serving as Grand Marshall of the New York City Gay Pride Parade in 2012).

She has made her gay advocacy known on soap operas like As The World Turns and reality shows like MTV's Made.

She also started the True Colors Fund, which advocates for runaway and homeless LGBT youth, a cause she continually and tirelessly champions with campaigns like the Forty to None Project to educate the public and "Home for the Holidays" benefit concerts.

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Kids Recreate Gap Ad Featuring Cyndi Lauper and Billy Porter: PHOTO

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A recent ad for Gap features Kinky Boots composer and lyricist Cyndi Lauper and its lead actor Billy Porter.

Writes Kristen Howerton on Twitter: "My kids thought this @Gap ad looked like them so we decided to recreate it."

Replied the Gap: "Worthy of a Tony!"


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