Cyndi Lauper’s True Colors Fund is embarking on a promising new partnership with homeless youth service provider Covenant House International to help fight the LGBT homeless youth epidemic.
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.
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 working to reverse this trend and provide 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,” said Lauper. “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.”
The partnership begins 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 on the work of the True Colors Fund can be found here.