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 through Greenwich Village as Grand Marshal was the perfect opportunity for Cyndi to announce the Forty to None Project, the first national organization to solely address the issue of gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender youth homelessness.
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 in these young people being homeless is family rejection.
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 and follow the project on Facebook and Twitter.
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.
Watch back-to-back episodes of Cyndi Lauper: Still So Unusual
Saturday night at 9pm EST | 8pm CST on WE tv.
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.
While on tour in Australia, Give a Damn Campaign founder Cyndi Lauper wanted to thank all of you for your support over the past year!
The following is a special message from Give a Damn Campaign founder Cyndi Lauper:
I can’t believe it, today the Give a Damn Campaign turns ONE! The success we have achieved in such a short period of time has surpassed our highest expectations and that is because of YOU! Yes, You!
We had two goals when we dreamed up the Campaign. One to encourage and help everyone, especially all of my fellow straight people out there, to get informed and get involved in supporting gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender. Two, empower existing supporters of equality like you to reach out to the people in your life, share your story and be a role model.
Well, like I said, our dreams have been surpassed. In just one year, our PSAs have been viewed well over 2.5 million times online, countless millions more times on television and almost 80,000 have joined the campaign on our website. (Have you joined yet?) More importantly, we have heard from you and from people around the world about how the Campaign has helped you show your support for equality and in many cases changed people’s hearts and minds.
Now, we are working to build on that success and come up with new ways to have an even bigger impact. We start today with the release of two new PSAs. This year, we are going to begin telling more personal stories in our videos, from both celebrities and everyday people like you.
Chely Wright and Meredith Baxter both share their stories of coming out and the responsibility they know they have to stand up for equality each and everyday. Please share them with the people in your life, post them on Facebook (Chely | Meredith) and Twitter (Chely | Meredith), or just email them out.
We also launch our brand new online store! We heard from many of you that you wanted a bigger selection of items so you could spread the message of equality even further. So, we have partnered with Zazzle.com to created a wide selection of Give a Damn gear. Check it out!
Thank you again for supporting the Give a Damn Campaign. We could not do this without you!
P.S. Please consider making a donation today to help us in our continuing efforts to ensure equality for all!
Tomorrow, Tuesday, February 15th, Give a Damn founder Cyndi Lauper will be appearing on The Talk on CBS and will be discussing the Give a Damn Campaign! Make sure you watch at 2 pm ET, 1 pm CT/PT.
Give a Damn Campaign founder Cyndi Lauper appears on today’s episode of MTV’s MADE to help Eli, an out and proud gay teen fulfill his dream of becoming a singer! The show airs at 4 pm EST / 3 pm CST on MTV, and will be re-aired at 3 pm EST / 2 pm CST this Wednesday.
Eli is from Norman, Oklahoma and left home at eighteen because his mom didn’t accept him being gay. MADE and Cyndi Lauper step in to help him achieve his dream of being a performer.
The Give a Damn Campaign is proud to include a special public service announcement featuring Cyndi and Eli during this powerful episode.
Here is a sneak peak:
GET INFORMED, GET INVOLVED
- Learn more about Youth | Homelessness
In the current edition of People, the magazine names Cyndi Lauper, the founder of the Give a Damn Campaign, as this week’s Hero Among Us. This recognition is due to her long standing support of the gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender community since the beginning of her career and through her True Colors Fund.
The issue is now on news stands and is also available on People’s iPad App. The following is the cover of this week’s edition of People:
It has only been 8 months since we launched the Give a Damn Campaign and in my wildest dreams I never thought we would have such a huge impact in such a short period of time. Our success is due to you. Yes, you!
Given our success, I need your help to continue our important work. Please make a year-end donation of $10, $25, $50, $100 or more to the Give a Damn Campaign.
When we started out, it was our intention to never solicit a donation from you. But, given our tremendous growth this year creating an outlet for everyone, especially straight people, to get involved in advancing gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender equality, we need your help to accomplish even more in 2011.
We are already hard at work producing a wider range of videos to add to the over 20 public service announcements we have released to date and have been viewed well over 2 million times online, as well as million times more on television.
We are expanding our efforts to keep you updated about the issues impacting the gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender community – like bullying, marriage equality and hate crimes – and opportunities for you to personally make a difference.
We are developing new and enhanced outreach efforts to help you to continue to encourage the people in your life to get involved in supporting equality, as well as double our membership of more than 71,000 people.
Help us to continue to help you give a damn, please make a year-end gift now. 100% of your donation is tax deductible and will go directly to underwrite the campaign’s efforts moving forward.
Thank you again for stepping up and giving a damn about equality. Now, let’s see what we can do together in 2011!
Founder, Give a Damn Campaign
Cyndi Lauper recently sat down with The Advocate On Air to discuss the Give a Damn Campaign and gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender equality after receiving the Inspiration Award from the Gay, Lesbian and Straight Education Network (GLSEN):
Get informed and get involved. Register to join the campaign and let us know you give a damn about equality.
Spread the word about equality. Watch our damn videos and share them with the people in your life!play
Share your story with us and the people in your life. Tell us why you give a damn about equality!play