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  • Announcing the 4th Annual Cyndi Lau...

    The True Colors Fund today announced the 4th annual “Cyndi Lauper & Friends: Home for the Holidays” benefit concert on Saturday, December 6th at New York City’s historic Beacon Theatre to help raise awareness about lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) youth homelessness and funds to support the True Colors Fund’s work to address the problem.

    Cyndi Lauper…


  • “If Just One of Us is Unequal...

    Last week, in a special article from CBS News, our co-founder Cyndi Lauper discussed her commitment to equality and the issues closest to her:

    “Equality for all people is important to me. We unfortunately have many divisions in our society — race, socio-economic, and religious being just a few — but of particular importance is equality for women and the gay, …


  • Working Towards Pride in the Workpl...

    Earlier this week, the White House announced that President Obama will sign an executive order prohibiting federal contractors from discriminating on the basis of sexual orientation or gender identity.

    The president has faced pressure from activists to sign such an order in the wake of the Employment Non-Discrimination Act’s (ENDA) standstill in the House of Representatives.…


  • Celebrating Older Americans Month

    When Lydia was young, she moved to West Hollywood, California to live with her father. There, she discovered and became involved in her father’s personal mission of service to a deeply underserved population.

    As she grew accustomed to her new home, she began to notice that her father was spending much of his time helping an older gay couple that lived near his work. She asked him about…


  • Announcing the very first State of ...

    The Give A Damn Campaign is excited to announce that the True Colors Fund is partnering with the New York Times GLBT & Allies Network, GLSEN, the Human Rights Campaign Foundation, and The Trevor Project on the first ever “State of Out Youth,” a town hall to be held at the TheTimesCenter in New York City on Tuesday, October 8 at 7 p.m.

    The event, which will begin with an introduction…


  • True Colors Fund Executive Director...

    We‘re excited to announce that our executive director, Gregory Lewis, has been named one of the NonProfit Times’ 2013 Power and Influence Top 50 for his impact in the nonprofit world! Our co-founder, Cyndi Lauper, had this to say:

    I’m thrilled to see Gregory’s important contributions be recognized by the NonProfit Times. Five years ago, we decided to start a foundation that…


  • Runaway and Homeless Youth Inclusio...

    The True Colors Fund applauds today’s introduction of new legislation sponsored by U.S. Representative Gwen Moore (D-WI), and co-sponsored by U.S. Representative Mark Pocan (D-WI). The Runaway and Homeless Youth Inclusion Act aims to protect lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender youth experiencing homelessness and make sure that they receive services that are inclusive,…


  • Cyndi Lauper on U.S. Supreme Court ...

    Our co-founder Cyndi Lauper has released the following statement on today’s marriage equality rulings by the United States Supreme Court:

    History has been made today and justice has prevailed. To all of you who have been waiting on the sidelines for years, for lifetimes, it’s a huge day. I am so, so happy for you.

    The U.S. Supreme Court ruled in favor of loving and committed…


  • Cyndi Lauper's True Colors Fun...

    True Colors Fund co-founder Cyndi Lauper and executive director Gregory Lewis announced the appointment of Jama Shelton as the new director of the fund’s Forty to None Project. Launched in June 2012, the Forty to None Project is the first and only national organization focused solely on bringing an end to gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender youth homelessness. The creation…


  • CYNDI LAUPER LAUNCHES FORTY TO NONE...

    Watch the excitement on Cyndi Lauper: Still So Unusual this Saturday night, February 9 at 9|8c on WE tv.

    This week’s episode of Cyndi Lauper: Still So Unusual on WE tv follows Cyndi as she launches our sister program – the Forty to None Project – during last summer’s New York City Pride March.

    Leading last summer’s New York City Pride March down Fifth Avenue and…


  • Cyndi Lauper and the Forty to None ...

    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…


  • Our Sister Program, the Forty to No...

    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…


 

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  • Take People for Who They Are

    I actually found this amazing site through an interview with Idina Menzel (I’m really into Broadway and such). I really like the musical Rent, and one of the songs (originally sung by Menzel, as bisexual Maureen) has a chorus that goes like this:

    “Take me for what I am
    Who I was meant to be!
    And if you give a damn
    Take me baby, or leave me.”

    I’m straight, but this …


  • I Know What it is Like!

    In January 2003, my mom and I were forced to move out of our apartment. We ended up moving in with my godmother who then turns around and kicked us out too. After living in a shelter for 5 months, we managed to get an apartment. I know what it’s like to not have a place to live and worry about what is going to happen next. Never knowing if the next day was the day that we were going to have to …


  • Can a Gay Guy Still Walk With God?

    So I always get this question and I used to hate to answer it. Can a gay male such as myself still believe in and walk with God as a christian? Here’s my answer… Yes!!!! Yes, ANYONE regardless of sex, race, gender, etc. can without a doubt forge a relationship with a higher power. It took me a long time to realize this. But I guess first I should take you on my coming out journey both…


  • Accepting of Lesbian but Not Asexua...

    Does anyone ever feel like your parents tell you they accept you, but then act as if they don’t? Well, welcome to the club.

    I’m an asexual teen that cannot see myself dating or having a future with guys. I first told my mom, but she was confused and kept referring to plants. My dad and older brother took it as a joke and said I was just confused and told me that being asexual is …


  • Moving On

    I’m 66 now and questioning my physical location in my community. I live in a lovely, park-like apartment complex. Most of the people I’ve met are quite friendly and quite straight. I don’t have a lot of friends, certainly not many that are gay/lesbian. I am strongly considering moving to an area that is definitely gay friendly, with a large population of gay people.…


  • Move Mountains

    mustard seeds are tiny, yet a powerful metaphor for faith; where it takes just a small amount to move mountains in our hearts and minds.…


  • Becoming Me

    I’m a 21-year old lesbian. I am currently enrolled in a 4-year university in the state of Texas. In May of 2014 I will be graduating with a Bachelors of Science in Criminal…


  • Wedding Plans

    When I was younger, I never thought that I would be where I am today. For most of my life I have been overweight and never felt pretty or worthy enough to be loved. I pictured myself turning 18, going to college, and being single for a very long time. I always thought that I would have to find someone that loved me despite what I looked like, but then I met Tony my freshman year of college. He loves…


  • Our Story

    My partner and I first met back in 1996, I was visiting California from Canada I rented a room from Candace for about 5 months before heading back to Canada. We became instant friends but Candace was with someone at the time, plus I thought I was straight.

    After leaving for Canada we lost touch, but after 12 years I found her on MySpace. Candace was now single and decide to fly up and visit me,…


  • My Personal Nightmare.

    In 1996, I met the most wonderful man I’ve known. His name was Michael. He was a couple of years younger than me, and full of energy and life. We met on a phone chat line and I went to meet him at his home. Basically I never left. We were dating for a few weeks and he cornered me in a bathroom at a local bar that we were at for a karaoke night.

    With tears in his eyes, he asked me what was the worst…


  • Same-Sex Marriage or Gay Marriage?

    I see a lot of people arguing about whether we should say gay marriage or same-sex marriage. The argument with same-sex marriage is that not all same-sex couples are gay. They could be a bisexual, heteroflexible, homoflexible, pansexual or some other variation. My argument against same-sex marriage is that I am a bisexual transgendered boy. I love my boyfriend. We’re neither…


  • Be Anyone You Want To Be

    Every day I hear people say rude things to people and about others. I hate that! When I hear people saying hateful things about gay marriage it upsets me so much, I stand up for it with all my heart. I am straight but it doesn’t matter, we are all human beings! Who cares if people are attracted to the same sex or the opposite, it doesn’t matter. I am so tired of people trashing others…


 

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