This week’s episode of Cyndi Lauper: Still So Unusual follows Cyndi, our sister program, the Forty to None Project, and partner organizations the Human Rights Campaign, Center for American Progress, and National Alliance to End Homelessness to Capitol Hill to advocate on behalf of gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender homeless youth.
Meetings were held with various congressional leaders, including Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi, Senator John Kerry, and Representative Jared Polis. In addition, there was a briefing for congressional staff on a number of legislative matters that would have a positive impact for gay and transgender homeless youth:
- Increased funding for the Runaway and Homeless Youth Act.
- Added protections for gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender youth in this year’s reauthorization of the Runaway and Homeless Youth Act.
- Passage of the Reconnecting Youth to Prevent Homelessness Act.
The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) Secretary Kathleen Sebelius presented Cyndi with a SAMHSA Special Recognition Award for her work in helping gay and transgender homeless youth. “Homeless gay and transgender youth face unique challenges, like family rejection,” said Cyndi. “They inspire me with their honesty and bravery to do all that I can to help them overcome their adversities and succeed in life.”
It is estimated that up to 1.6 million youth are homeless each year. Up to 40% of these young people identify as gay or transgender, while only 3-5% of the general youth population does the same. The primary factor causing these young people to be homeless is family rejection.
Make the commitment to stand with our gay and transgender youth who are experiencing homelessness or at risk of being homeless so that they can stand on their own. Sign this petition if you believe that no one deserves to be without a home because of their sexual orientation or gender identity.
To learn more about how you can get involved in advocating on behalf of gay and transgender homeless youth, please visit the Forty to None Project at www.fortytonone.org.
Cyndi Lauper: Still So Unusual follows the Give a Damn Campaign and True Colors Fund co-founder through her “struggle of the juggle” of being a rock star, mother, wife, Broadway composer, New York Times bestselling author, and philanthropist. This season also features the launch of our sister program, the Forty to None Project, the first national organization to solely address the issue of gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender youth homelessness.
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Cyndi Lauper: Still So Unusual follows the True Colors Fund and Give a Damn Campaign co-founder through her “struggle of the juggle” of being a rock star, mother, wife, Broadway composer, New York Times bestselling author, and philanthropist. This season also features the launch of our sister program, the Forty to None Project, the first national organization to solely address the issue of gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender youth homelessness.
This week’s episode offers a behind-the-scenes look at the filming of the Forty to None Project’s very first public service announcement, entitled “America’s Next Generation”. The PSA, featuring Cyndi with young New Yorkers, highlights the impact of homelessness on gay and transgender youth Here’s a sneak peek:
True Colors Fund and Give a Damn Campaign co-founder Cyndi Lauper has a new reality series that focuses on the “struggle of the juggle” of being a rock star, mother, wife, Broadway composer, New York Times best-selling author, and philanthropist.
Cyndi Lauper: Still So Unusual will feature the journey Cyndi and her True Colors Fund took last summer to launch our sister program, the Forty to None Project. The Forty to None Project is the first national organization to solely address the issue of gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender youth homelessness.
Episodes will show Cyndi and the True Colors Fund team traveling to Washington DC to advocate on behalf of gay and transgender homeless youth, filming our very first public service announcement for the Forty to None Project, and launching the project during the New York City Pride March.
The following is a sneak peek of the episode featuring the creation of our first PSA – “America’s Next Generation”:
“This show is all about what Cyndi’s daily life is like and it would not be a true representation of that life if it didn’t include her unwavering commitment to helping gay and transgender homeless youth,” says Gregory Lewis, executive director of the True Colors Fund. “We truly appreciate WE tv’s commitment to helping give these young people a voice. The Forty to None Project has already accomplished so much in such a short period of time and we look forward to being able to raise awareness about this important issue on Cyndi Lauper: Still So Unusual.”
Cyndi Lauper: Still So Unusual debuts tomorrow night, Saturday, January 12th at 9pm EST with back-to-back episodes on WE tv. Additional back-to-back episodes will air each Saturday night at the same time. To learn more about the series, please visit the WE tv website.
Shirts designed by Jane Lynch, Alan Cumming, Idina Menzel,
Chelsea Handler and Cyndi Lauper
The Give a Damn Campaign, a project of the True Colors Fund, is pleased to announce new additions to our Celebrity T-Shirt Project presented by Van Gogh Vodka. The limited edition shirts, which promote messages of equality and acceptance, are now on sale to celebrate Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual and Transgender Pride Month. 100% of the sale proceeds will support the work of the Give a Damn Campaign.
Co-founded by Cyndi Lauper, the True Colors Fund’s Give a Damn Campaign encourages everyone, especially straight people, to get informed and get involved in advancing gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender equality. At the organization’s star-studded sold out “Home For The Holidays” benefit concert on December 4th at New York’s Beacon Theatre, Cyndi Lauper unveiled the first Give a Damn Campaign t-shirt, designed by Cyndi herself and presented by Van Gogh Vodka.
Adding to the collection this summer, four brand new t-shirts have been designed by the following celebrities:Emmy Award-winning actress Jane Lynch, Tony Award-winning artists Alan Cumming & Idina Menzel and comedian Chelsea Handler. “I am thankful to Van Gogh Vodka for their support of this exciting new project and to Jane, Alan, Idina and Chelsea for their unwavering commitment to equality,” said Cyndi Lauper, co-founder of the True Colors Fund and Give a Damn Campaign.“Their inspiring designs convey messages of understanding and acceptance that will encourage others to join us in giving a damn about gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender equality.”
“Van Gogh is very enthusiastic to have our partnership efforts with Give a Damn Campaign expand into a new dimension of awareness. T-shirts have long been the billboard for generations to express themselves and give voice to a cause,” said Norman Bonchick, Chairman and CEO of Van Gogh Imports. “LGBT equality remains an important right of our time and Van Gogh is proud to be a part of such a great cause.”
Made possible by the support of Van Gogh Vodka as part of the brand’s long-term partnership with the non-profit organization, the Give a Damn Campaign Celebrity T-Shirt Project follows up Van Gogh’s Cocktails without Prejudice™ program: on March 28th, over 60 bars and restaurants across the country served Van Gogh’s signature Give a Damn Martini, with a portion of proceeds donated to the Give a Damn Campaign.
President Obama continues to be a true leader for equality and I have never been prouder to call him my president than I am today. The president’s support of marriage equality gives hope and encouragement to the millions of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender young people who feel ostracized and alone. The words of the president have reinforced that they are worthy of dignity, respect, and love – just like everyone else. As a supporter of the president and a longtime advocate for young gay and lesbian Americans, I am thrilled about today’s news and I’m looking forward to my visit to Capitol Hill, where I will tomorrow appeal to members of Congress to fund programs supporting our homeless LGBT youth.
The True Colors Fund was co-founded by Cyndi Lauper to inspire and engage everyone, especially straight people, to become active participants in the advancement of gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender equality and to raise awareness about and bring an end to gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender youth homelessness.
Van Gogh Vodka is proud to introduce their new Cocktails without Prejudice campaign and its signature cocktail, the Give a Damn Martini. The new program, will be executed today, March 28, 2012, honoring Van Gogh Vodka’s partnership with the Give a Damn Campaign, with a portion of proceeds from on-premise sales of the cocktail benefiting our work.
“The Give a Damn Campaign is excited to be a part of Van Gogh Vodka’s Cocktails without Prejudice,” says Cyndi Lauper, co-founder of the Give a Damn Campaign. “The company’s commitment to raising awareness and funds for our shared mission is truly inspiring. It is time for things to change and through this program we will be able to make a real difference in encouraging everyone to give a damn about equality.”
Created by master mixologist Jonathan Pogash, the Give a Damn Martini will be available at over 60 locations across the country. For eachmartini sold, $1 will be donated to the Give a Damn Campaign. A full list of participating locations can be found here.
“We are excited to share the Give a Damn Martini with consumers and hope that the cocktail spurs conversations regarding the Give a Damn Campaign’s important message,” says Norman Bonchick, Chairman and CEO of Van Gogh Imports. “We are thrilled to kick off our Cocktails without Prejudice program celebrating our partnership with this worthy organization.”
Give a Damn Martini
Created By The Cocktail Guru, Jonathan Pogash
1½ oz. Van Gogh BLUE Triple Wheat Vodka
¾ oz. POM pomegranate juice
¾ oz. Monin cinnamon syrup
Top off with 1½ oz sparkling wine
Shake first three ingredients very well with ice and strain into a martini glass. Top off with chilled sparkling wine and garnish with a sweetheart candy.
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Today, the women of The View and guest co-host Jesse Tyler Ferguson discuss Tennessee’s “Don’t Say Gay” Bill during Hot Topics.
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Our friends at The Trevor Project premiered their new PSA with Daniel Radcliffe during last night’s episode of Glee. If you or someone you know needs help, please call their 24/7 Lifeline at 1-866-488-7386.
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The following is from our friends at the Human Rights Campaign:
The Human Rights Campaign’s 2012 Corporate Equality Index chronicles a decade of progress in workplace equality. 2012 marks the first year of new more stringent criteria regarding transgender health benefits. 190 participants earned the top rating of 100 percent, evidence the CEI has helped transform the American workplace for the better over the past ten years.
The HRC’s CEI report, released each fall, provides an in-depth analysis and rating of large U.S. employers and their policies and practices pertinent to lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender employees.
Businesses rated 100% are recognized in our “Best Places to Work” list, and are invited to apply for the HRC Award for Workplace Equality Innovation. All consumer-oriented businesses are included in our “Buying for Equality” guide.
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The following is a powerful and poignant marriage equality video from GetUp!, an Australian equality organization:
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