Wednesday, April 7, 2010

Cyndi Lauper does it again.

Cyndi Lauper is helping establish Manhattan's first permanent housing for homeless lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender youth in Harlem. The True Colors Residence, set to open in Winter 2011, will provide young people between 18 and 24 with a place to live while helping them get back on their feet.

The West End Intergenerational Residence, backed by Cyndi Lauper, has officially broken ground on the True Colors Residence, the first permanent housing for LGBT homeless or evicted youth and runaways. An appalling number of youth are kicked out of their homes for revealing their sexual orientation. 40% of New York City's homeless youth are LGBT. When the numbers state there are 20,000 homeless youth in NYC, that equals up to 8,000 homeless LGBT kids. This new housing complex with have 30 studio apartments, a rec room and library to provide a safe haven for youth who need it most. I hope to become more involved in the foundation, so stay tuned.

P.S. Great opportunity for a "Stay Close" plug...Cyndi Lauper has been a huge supporter or PFLAG NYC and was one of our original celebrities in the first "Stay Close" campaign featuring straight celebrities and their LGBT family members, sending an important message to familes to stay close throughout and beyond the coming out process, because relationships are too precious to lose.

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