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


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 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.

Celebrate Cyndi with some of our favorite clips, AFTER THE JUMP ...

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


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!"

Melissa Etheridge Says Goodbye To DOMA, Pledges To Get Married; Other Celebrities Celebrate SCOTUS Decisions

Melissa etheridge

Melissa Etheridge, the famous singer and one of Hollywood's earliest gay rights activists, has confirmed that she will marry her partner of three years, television producer Linda Wallem.  

Yahoo! reports:

"I look forward to exercising my American civil liberties and getting fully, completely and legally married this year to my true love of over three years, Linda Wallem," Etheridge said in a statement.

"Once again our constitution stands strong," the "Come to My Window" singer added. "All men, and women, and everything in between are created equal."

Yahoo! also makes mention of several Hollywood heavyweights who took to Twitter to announce their excitement at the DOMA and Prop 8 rulings.

Ellen degeneresComedienne and talk show host Ellen DeGeneres, an early gay rights advocate, tweeted after the ruling on Wednesday, "It's a supremely wonderful day for equality. Prop 8 is over, and so is DOMA. Congratulations everyone. And I mean everyone."

"We stand tall today. #DomaStruckDown So many fought for so long. Be proud, the prejudice are now the minority," singer and prominent gay rights supporter Lady Gaga wrote to her more than 38 million Twitter followers.

"Big news from the Supreme Court. Goodbye #DOMA #Prop8. Hello #equality," tweeted Ben Affleck, the director and star of Oscar-winning film "Argo," while actor Leonardo DiCaprio tweeted the decision was a "historic day."

Singer Cyndi Lauper, whose True Colors Fund promotes gay rights and addresses homelessness in the gay and lesbian community, said, "Both of these decisions not only impact the lives of gay couples, but of gay and transgender youth who struggle to find acceptance from their family and friends."

Here are All the Musical Numbers from the 2013 Tony Awards: VIDEO


Last night we posted Neil Patrick Harris's showstopping opening number from the Tonys. Check it out here.

The show did go on, and the Oscars could learn a few things from how to entertain. Check out every performance from last night's show including Matilda, Kinky Boots, Pippin, Cinderella, Annie, Motown: The Musical, Bring It On, and Cyndi Lauper, AFTER THE JUMP...

And check out the complete winners' list HERE.

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Cyndi Lauper Accepts 'Best Score' Tony Award, is First Woman to Win: VIDEO


One of the many highlights of last night's Tony Awards was watching Cyndi Lauper bring home an award for her score for Kinky Boots. Lauper was the first woman ever to win in the category.

Watch her accept, AFTER THE JUMP...

She later tweeted: "I won!!"


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Tony Nominees Billy Porter and Stark Sands Perform 'Kinky Boots' on Location at a Shoe Maker: VIDEO


Billy Porter and Stark Sands sing "Not My Father's Son" from Kinky Boots in a new series from the New York Times in which Tony nominees perform scenes on location in NYC. Cyndi Lauper wrote the music and lyrics to the musical.

This performance was shot at the shoemaker T.O. Dey.


Our theatre critic Naveen Kumar predicts a win for Lauper this Sunday. See his other predictions HERE.

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