Cyndi Lauper’s Star-Studded Benefit for LGBTQ Homeless Youth Returned to New York
“Cyndi Lauper & Friends: Home for the Holidays,” presented by AT&T, returned to New York City on Saturday, Dec. 9 at the historic Beacon Theatre. A holiday tradition, the Cyndi Lauper benefit raises awareness about lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender youth homelessness, with 100% of net proceeds supporting the True Colors Fund.
Lauper was joined on stage this year by Jackson Browne, Dr. John, Paulina Rubio, Sandra Bernhard, Bridget Everett, Jake Shears, Laura Jane Grace, Ani DiFranco, Peaches, Wrabel, Jazz Jennings and Judy Gold. Carson Kressley hosted.
“For the seventh year, Home for the Holidays will bring together an incredible group of performers to support the True Colors Fund’s work to end homelessness among lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender youth,” Lauper said in a statement. “At this pivotal time in our nation’s history, we need to unite — rather than divide — the country any further. At Home for the Holidays, we will come together to raise our voices and celebrate our differences. I’m so grateful to the artists, who are donating their time and talent to bring attention to this very important cause.”
Lauper co-founded the True Colors Fund to end homelessness among lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender youth. Through a broad continuum of advocacy, training and education, and youth collaboration programs, the True Colors Fund is creating a world in which young people can be their true selves.
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, less than 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.