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Cyndi Lauper Speaks Out for LGBT Youth in 'Rolling Stone', Demands Lawmakers Protect Them

Cyndi Lauper continues her advocacy for LGBT youth with a new editorial in Rolling Stone, condemning congressional deadlock on budget policy:

Cyndi_lauperWhile some members of Congress have recognized that this budget issue is a matter of life or death for many Americans, including LGBT youth, the House majority continues to hold onto their vows to protect the wealthiest Americans from tax increases. I am one of those Americans, and I do not need protecting. I am fully prepared to pay my fair share to ensure our country gets back on track. And by the way, these are the same House leaders who last summer required the same type of wholesale cuts set to go into effect in return for raising our nation's debt ceiling.

So, while this budget standoff may sound like a problem just for Washington bureaucrats, it is actually much bigger than that. It impacts every person, every community, all of us – gay and straight, young and old. And we need to do something about it.

We need to cut through the abstract jargon and tell Congress to set aside partisan differences and adopt a sustainable plan that protects life-saving services for LGBT youth and other marginalized populations, including senior citizens, people of color and women. If they can't do that by the end of the year, then a short-term agreement delaying budget cuts should be put in place to give the next Congress a chance to agree on a long-term fiscal solution.

Visit Lauper's True Colors Fund HERE.


Cyndi Lauper And Adam Lambert Belt Out 'Mad World:' VIDEO

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Cyndi Lauper and Adam Lambert took the stage to sing Tears for Fears' classic "Mad World" at the holiday fundraiser for Lauper's True Colors campaign, a movement aimed at combating LGBT homelessness.

Watch Andy Cohen introduce Lauper and Lambert, who then do their thing, AFTER THE JUMP.

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Cyndi Lauper Launches National Program for Homeless LGBT Youth

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Cyndi Lauper today launched the Forty to None Project, a national program to educate the public and support homeless LGBT youth. The project's name comes from the disturbing number of LGBT homeless youth. With up to 1.6 million youth who are homeless each year, 40% identify as gay, lesbian, bisexual, or transgender. Lauper wants that number to be "none".

Watch her speak out in the organization's first PSA, AFTER THE JUMP...

40Writes Lauper in a message about the project:

Five years ago, on the Christopher Street Pier in New York City, my eyes were opened.I was doing a photo shoot for Interview magazine and thought it was important to include some gay and transgender youth to reflect my work with the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender community.  My goal was to send a message of inclusion and acceptance, but what I realized after talking to these kids was just how different my vision was from what they had experienced in their own lives.

The youth on the pier that day told me story after story of exclusion, of rejection and of pain. As a mother, I can’t ever imagine throwing my child away. I can’t imagine kicking a kid out of my house. I can’t imagine rejecting a person who is, literally, a part of me.

LgbtyouthBut for the kids of the pier, that rejection wasn’t something unimaginable. It was their reality. Anybody can end up on the street. Homelessness knows nothing of age or race or gender. It can happen to anybody.But when statistics show that as many as 40% of the nation’s homeless youth are gay or transgender, compared to 3-5% of the overall youth population, we have to acknowledge that we’re facing a crisis. The disparity suggests that gay and transgender youth stand a much higher chance of becoming homeless because of abuse, neglect and familial rejection due to sexual orientation or gender identity that drive them to the streets.The kids on the Christopher Street Pier that day, and the other gay and transgender youth living on the streets who make up the 40% have done nothing wrong, other than being born the way they were supposed to be.  And because of who they are, these kids have been forced to leave their homes, subjected to abuse or worse.

Lauper says she has done her homework on the issue while raising awareness through her True Colors Fund, which has produced video and print campaigns like The Give a Damn Campaign, which featured celebrities discussing the issue.

FortytononeAdds Lauper of Forty to None:

We traveled the country, visiting shelters, drop-in centers, outreach programs and advocacy organizations. We talked to community leaders, service providers, government officials and the kids themselves. We held meetings in 10 cities, from Washington to New York to San Francisco to Minneapolis. We looked for the holes in the system, and we’ve developed a five-year plan to make significant changes happen.

In our first five years, Forty to None will work to drive down the number of gay and transgender youth on the streets through a campaign that includes: education and awareness to raise the visibility of these young people and the direct service providers who work with them; advocacy at the state and federal levels; strengthening the network of services, advocates, community leaders and others working on the issue; training service providers to be more inclusive and understanding of the issues specifically affecting these kids; and empowering homeless gay and transgender youth themselves with valuable resources and information.

Watch Cyndi speak in Forty to None's first PSA, AFTER THE JUMP...

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The OXD Mirror: New Music for 6.15.12

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BY OCCUPY THE DISCO / RU BHATT

The OXD Mirror is a weekly music column brought to you by the boys of OCCUPY THE DISCO (OXD), a New York City based movement created by three music lovers, Ru Bhatt, Josh Appelbaum, and Tadeu Magalhães, who want to share their love for disco, house and dance music with the world. 

 

Florrie - To the End

Florrie, a UK based model/drummer/singer/songwriter has been wowing us since 2010's 'Call 911' which was reworked by the disco mastermind Fred Falke. The remix was such a hit that Falke teamed up with the pop starlet and produced a few more tracks including last year's favorite 'I Took A Little Something.' After a series of EPs, Florrie is back with her final independent release, Late, which features four disco-influenced gems that are quite different from anything she's done before. The EP’s final track, aptly titled 'In The End’ is a clear standout. Though it starts soft, Florrie takes you on a piano-laden journey while she beckons, "I will only give you happiness," as the song quickly escalates to an epic level that remains rooted to the dancefloor.

 

Van She - Jamaica

The Sydney-based electro-pop band known as Van She hit the music scene back in 2008 with their first album, V, which helped shape the so-called “new rave” scene alongside with bands like Klaxons and New Young Pony Club.  Their sound is influenced by 80s new-wave, electro and also incorporates elements of rock; this created a very accessible pop music style that was embraced by younger crowds around the world almost immediately. 'Jamaica,' the second single off their new album, Idea of Happiness, brings their sound to a tropical level with echoes of steel drums that create the perfect summer track.

 

Citizens! - True Romance (Gigamesh Remix)

Citizens!, a pop act hailing from the UK, hit the scene earlier this year with 'True Romance,' their debut single produced by Franz Ferdinand & Alex Kapranos. The song's cheerful melodies rise amongst synths as vocalist Tom Burke chants flirtatious lyrics that are bound make the lovers happy. Gigamesh, the alter-ego of American producer Matt Masurka, brings an almost effervescent feel to the infectious song with his signature sound. Both artists are signed to French label Kitsuné, which is known for their unearthing similar electro, synth-pop and nu disco artists. Gigamesh recently released his second EP, All My Life, which includes the popular dance track  'Your Body'. Citizens! full length album, Here We Are, is available now.

MORE NEW TRACKS, AFTER THE JUMP...

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Cyndi Lauper to Perform at NYC Pride Dance on the Pier

LauperCyndi Lauper will perform her new single "Sex is in the Heel" (along with hopefully, a few more favorites) at NYC's Dance on the Pier on LGBT Pride day, June 24.

"NYC Pride also announced a new extended run time for the Dance on the Pier. The event will begin at 5 p.m.,following the conclusion of the LGBT Pride March, and run until 2 a.m."

Said Chris Frederick, Managing Director: “We responded to a certain level of discontent with the later start time. We think these new hours will fit everyone’s schedule and allow for an extended Pier Dance that has never been experienced in the history of New York City Pride Week.”

Additionally, NYC Pride will be adding an additional DJ to its Dance on the Pier line-up. DJ Eddie Baez will now be spinning the opening spot from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m.


Cyndi Lauper Has It Out with Madonna Over 'Girl Gone Wild' Theft: VIDEO

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Things get ugly between Madonna and Cyndi Lauper over a certain lyric in Madona's new single.

Watch, AFTER THE JUMP...

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