This article was published on November 2nd, 2015
The 5th annual Cyndi Lauper & Friends: Home for the Holiday’s benefit concert is scheduled for December 5 at New York’s Beacon Theatre to raise awareness of LGBT homeless youth with proceeds from the concert to support the True Colors Fund’s program.
A host of celebrities will be joining Cyndi Lauper including Boy George, Judy Gold, Sharon Osbourne, Valerie Simpson, and host Carson Kressley, to name just some of the many people involved.
“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.”
Grammy and Emmy award-winning artist and advocate Cyndi Lauper co-founded the True Colors Fund to end homelessness among lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender youth through a broad continuum of community organizing, public engagement, public policy, research, and youth collaboration programs.
Each year in the United States, up to 40 per cent of the 1.6 million youth that are homeless identify as gay, lesbian, bisexual, or transgender, which is a significant jump from the estimated seven per cent of youth who identify as LGBT in the general population. Studies and research have shown that this disproportionate rate is due to family rejection of his or her sexual orientation or gender identity.
Tickets for the benefit concert will be available for the general public starting Friday, November 6 at 12:00pm through Ticketmaster.