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Cyndi Lauper & Friends: Home for the Holidays is a star-studded benefit concert on Saturday, December 8th at New York City's historic Beacon Theatre to help raise awareness about lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender youth homelessness and support the True Colors Fund's Forty to None Project. Last year's inaugural concert was a sold out success and the audience of over 2,800 enjoyed performances from music and comedy icons, including Norah Jones, Lou Reed, Wanda Sykes, Cassandra Wilson, Alan Cumming, Jon Secada, Clay Aiken, Chely Wright and many more.
"When I first learned that up to 40 percent of all homeless youth in this country identify as gay, lesbian, bisexual or transgender I was shocked and saddened," remarked Lauper, co-founder of the True Colors Fund. "For far too long homeless youth have not received the attention, resources and funding necessary to bring an end to this epidemic. My hope is that through this inspiring evening of music and comedy we can raise awareness and much needed funds to help these young people through our newly launched Forty to None Project."
It is estimated that up to 40 percent of all homeless youth identify as lesbian, gay, bisexual or transgender, yet only up to 5 percent of the general youth population do the same. The True Colors Fund's Forty to None Project is committed to doing what it can to raise awareness about this issue and develop resources to help these young people, most of whom are homeless due to family conflict.
Lauper was inspired to help after meeting an extraordinary group of young homeless gay and transgender people at a photo shoot several years ago. Already a longtime advocate for the gay and transgender community and equality, she co-founded the True Colors Fund in 2008 and the organization's Forty to None Project this past summer as a first step in this effort. Learn more about the Forty to None Project and how you can get involved at www.fortytonone.org.
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