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The holidays have passed but the time for giving couldn’t be better. Passport Magazine co-founder and editor Robert Adams is celebrating his birthday this year with a special request by asking Broadway Blog readers to support Cyndi Lauper’s True Colors Fund.
Working to end homelessness among LGBTQ youth, the True Colors Fund’s three main pillars of work include advocacy, training and education, and youth collaboration. A longtime supporter of the queer community, Lauper founded the nonprofit organization to battle a staggering statistic: LGBTQ youth make up to 40 percent of all homeless youth, yet only 7 percent of the general youth population in the U.S.
Lauper’s 35-year career has been a touchstone for the queer community, including her Tony Award-winning Broadway musical, Kinky Boots (now co-starring Scissor Sisters’ Jake Shears), for which she wrote music and lyrics.
“As a parent, I cannot understand those who would kick out their kid simply because they are gay or transgender,” says Lauper. “That is why the True Colors Fund continues to work to raise awareness about this issue and develop solutions to ending this epidemic. We will not rest until that percentage goes from 40 to none. Everyone—whether straight, gay, lesbian, bisexual or transgender—should be allowed to show their true colors, and be accepted and loved for who they are. It’s time for us all to join together and say enough is enough. I hope you will stand with us as we continue to move our work forward.”
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