Star-Studded Concert to Raise Funds and Awareness for Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Youth Homelessness
Cyndi Lauper’s True Colors Fund has announced the lineup for its 5th annual “Cyndi Lauper & Friends: Home for the Holidays” benefit concert on Saturday, December 5 at New York City’s historic Beacon Theatre. The event will raise awareness about lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) youth homelessness with 100 percent of the net proceeds from the concert will support the True Colors Fund’s programs.
Lauper will be joined on stage this year by Boy George, Cam, Judy Gold, Ledisi, Keb’ Mo’, Sharon Osbourne, Jordan Pundik, Richie Sambora & Orianthi, Valerie Simpson, Anne Steele, Joey Taranto, Justin Tranter, Kurt Vile, and host Carson Kressley. Additional guests will be announced soon. Tickets are available to the general public at Ticketmaster.com.
“For the fifth year, ‘Home for the Holidays’ will feature an incredible night of performances in support of gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgender youth experiencing homelessness,” said Lauper, co-founder of the True Colors Fund. “I’m so grateful for the artists who will donate their time and talents this December in support of a cause that we can’t ignore. This concert will enable the True Colors Fund to continue our work to create a world in which all kids can be their true selves. I can’t wait.”
In America, up to 40 percent of the 1.6 million youth that are homeless each year identify as lesbian, gay, bisexual, or transgender. Yet, only up to seven percent of the general youth population is LGBT. The most cited reason for this disproportionate rate is family rejection due to the young person’s sexual orientation or gender identity.
The True Colors Fund works to end homelessness among LGBT youth, creating a world in which young people can be their true selves. The True Colors Fund is focused on raising public awareness, advocating within government, conducting research, working collaboratively with young people, and organizing communities to develop solutions to prevent and end LGBT youth homelessness.
Some highlights of the True Colors Fund’s work this year include:
● Launching the first #40toNoneDay, a national day to raise awareness about LGBT youth homelessness, which reached over 17 million people online.
● Partnering with The White House to conduct a Policy Briefing on Youth Homelessness to help prioritize the needs of youth experiencing homelessness within the Federal Government.
● True Colors Fund co-founder Cyndi Lauper testifying in the Senate on the need for additional resources for communities to address youth homelessness and for safe and inclusive services for LGBT youth.
● Continuing to provide free tools, resources, and training through its Forty to None Network to service providers and communities around the country to aid them in providing safe, inclusive, and welcoming support to LGBT youth experiencing homelessness.
● Holding the second annual sold-out Forty to None Summit, the only national annual gathering to discuss innovative solutions to ending LGBT youth homelessness in America.
● Launching the True Fellowship, which provides young LGBT leaders who have experienced homelessness and housing instability with leadership training as they conduct six-month service projects in their communities.
● In conjunction with “Home for the Holidays,” releasing its annual 40 of the Forty list, which highlights 40 LGBT young people who have experiences with homelessness and provides them with opportunities to be engaged in the organization’s work.
For more information, visit True Colors Fund.