Cyndi Lauper’s True Colors Fund will host the 2nd annual Cyndi Lauper & Friends: Home for the Holidays benefit concert on Saturday, December 8, at New York City’s historic Beacon Theatre to help raise awareness about lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender youth homelessness and funds for the organization’s Forty to None Project.
Cyndi Lauper will be joined on stage this year by Sarah McLachlan, Adam Lambert, Adam Duritz and David Immerglück of the Counting Crows, Whoopi Goldberg, Rosie O’Donnell, Roberta Flack, St. Vincent, Alexis Krauss of Sleigh Bells, Hunter Valentine, Andy Cohen, Rita Coolidge, Emily West, Terri Nunn, Melanie Fiona, host Carson Kressley and a special sneak preview performance by the cast of the upcoming Broadway musical “Kinky Boots.” Additional guests will be announced soon. Tickets are available at Ticketmaster.com.
“At last year’s sold-out concert we got a bunch of great folks together, had a big party with some great music and raised much-needed funds to help get the word out about these young people who are struggling,” says Lauper, co-founder of the True Colors Fund. “So, this year we’re going to do it even bigger!”
In America, up to 1.6 million youth are homeless each year and up to 40% of them identify as LGBT. Yet, only up 5% of the general youth population does the same. The disproportionate rate these young people experience homelessness is alarming, and the primary reason they are homeless is because of family rejection. These kids are being thrown out of their homes by their families or running away out of fear of rejection or to escape abuse.
Cyndi and her True Colors Fund stepped up to address this problem this past summer, and with funds raised from last year’s concert, launched the Forty to None Project, the first national organization to solely focus on making sure that no young person is homeless because of their sexual orientation or gender identity.
For more about the Forty to None Project, visit www.fortytonone.org.