Little known fact: Up to forty percent of the homeless youth in the United States, identify as LGBT. Another little-known fact: Since it's inception, the True Colors Fund has been working endlessly to eradicate these numbers by funding the construction of LGBT-friendly homeless shelters and guidance centers. the True Colors Fund was founded by musical Icon Cyndi Lauper many years ago and she has been working closely with communities, political leaders including our own President Obama, and even her own friends and family to effectively bring to light these heartbreaking truths.
On December 5th, Cyndi Lauper - along with many new and longtime friends - came together for Lauper's annual, "Home For The Holidays" concert to benefit the True Colors Fund. This year, she was joined by the likes of County Music Star Cam, toughest of tough wife and mother, Sharon Osbourne, English darling, Natasha Bedingfield and fellow eighties icon, Boy George. Here's a snippet from the show of Lauper and Boy George uniting to sing "Girls Just Wanna Have Fun"
Natasha Bedingfield brought her eccentric energy to the stage to perform her 2004 hit, "These Words". This really brought the nostalgia on pretty heavy. I sure hope this means that Bedingfield is back at work on a new studio album.
Fingers crossed. (And you can check out her performance below)
Previous performers to join Lauper on the stage include P!nk, Sarah McLachlan, Josh Groban, Jason Mraz, 50 Cent, Rosie O'Donnell, Whoopi Goldberg, Susan Sarandon, Alan Cumming, Wanda Sykes and so, so many more. All for one amazing - and at times hideously unnoticed - cause.
One of the highlights of the night was when Cyndi Lauper took the stage to sing her timeless hit and LGBT Pride Song, "True Colors" Check that moment out below:
What it truly means, if I can speak so boldly, is that there is someone out there who does notice, lots of someones. And because of them, so many of the youth who may be afraid of losing their families and their homes because of how they were born, can rest a little bit easier this holiday season knowing that the world is being made a little bit brighter and a little easier and even a tad bit more accepting every day due to the people like those who work, live, and run the True Colors Fund.
Merry Christmas, Cyndi Lauper. And thank you.
The links to donate are here: Make A True Impact