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  • Ending Violence, Together: An Inter...

    The National Coalition of Anti-Violence Programs (NCAVP) is a national group of “local member programs, affiliate organizations and individual affiliates” that work to collectively end violence against and within lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer/questioning communities.

    They’re also our partners on our education surrounding hate crimes 


  • Kids Say Yes for Marriage Equality ...

    Next month, Irish voters will have the opportunity to make marriage equality legal in their country. On May 22, the Marriage Equality Referendum will be up for a vote – and it could go either way. The vote is a big deal for Ireland, of course, but also for the rest of the world – as it will be the first time a country has ever held a referendum on marriage equality.

    The campaign …


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    The sports world has long been a challenging, unwelcoming, and even dangerous…


  • Same Damn Campaign, New Damn Websit...

    April Fools! You might’ve noticed that we decided to have a little fun with our birthday this year (it being April 1st and all)! We were fooling… we admit. But it wasn’t


  • Celebrating Transgender Visibility ...

    On this International Transgender Day of Visibility, we celebrate the lives of our transgender friends, family, and leaders – and recognize the courage it takes to live openly. We’re excited to hear from our friend Gia on what transgender visibility means to her, and why it’s so important that we observe this important day:

    “We are here whether you know it or not. We work in …


  • 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,…


 

Personal Stories » view all

  • Problem?

    I wasn’t sure which category to post this story in, because my story is not a story about how I or one of my friends dealt with being bullied at home, school or the streets. This one is slightly different and ,while maybe less interesting, I hope it will inspire a person or two.

    I live in the Czech republic and have been growing up in this country for the past 15 years, and even if our country…


  • Coming out as a str8 ally :)

    Let’s start with this: Hi, My name is Missy and I have been an OFFICIAL straight ally now for about 7 years..meaning I came out 7 years ago to my family and friends that I believe in equality for the gay community and that I would fight for them because they are extremely misunderstood and take completely out of context. Let me tell you, I got some looks, lost a few friendships and my …


  • The Mother’s Day I Became a Gende...

    When the holiday just for moms rolls around, I can’t help but think back to my first one in 1990. Harry was just six weeks old. Their* dad and I tucked them into a red baby carriage and walked pathways through the spectacular tulip gardens at Milwaukee’s Boerner Botanical Gardens. That trip became a tradition. When Harry grew a little older, we’d stop for brunch first at Miss Katie’s…


  • Trans Youth Story – Multiple ...

    Hello,

    My name is Rianna, I am 17, Trans mtf, and I have experienced discrimination at school, out of school, from other LGBT people, and all in between. As difficult as those experiences were, they have taught me to love everyone, and never treat others the way I have been treated. I would like to elevate my story and hopefully reach as many other Trans people as possible, and show them …


  • The (genderqueer) kid I never expec...

    The first time I saw my only child Harry was a quarter century ago when the surgical nurses who assisted the doctor perform what I call my triple E-section held him out for me to see. “Whose baby is that?!” I thought.

    During my trip to epidural land and in the months before that, I imagined a dark-haired baby who looked like me, with black lashes and olive-tinted skin. Instead I saw a newborn…


  • The Midwest in 1970’s for a g...

    My parents moved me to a mid-western cattle ranch as a pre-teenager. My coming of age was rather bumpy, due to the fact that I’m gay. I was so uninformed, so sheltered by the Victorian sexual mores of the time and a rural area, I didn’t know what the word “gay” meant. I only knew that I was always far more attracted to members of my same gender.
    Life was okay there…


  • That Time I Came Out of the Closet ...

    It was another day at the True Colors Fund. The Give A Damn team and I were discussing our cleverly planned joke for April Fools’ Day, and how we’re announcing the new …


  • 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…


  • My son JR!

    I have an amazing son, among my four sons. His name is JR. JR was different than his brothers growing up in that he was very caring, helpful, laid back and liked to enjoy things in life. Had many friends and a GF in junior high school. I believe she was the first one he shared his secret with at the time about his sexuality,  he was so unsure himself. During the summer before JR entering HS, …


  • 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 …


 

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