Cyndi Lauper, Clay Aiken, Rosie O'Donnell and more celebs come together for LGBT youth homeless benefit concert
Cyndi Lauper is teaming up with Clay Aiken, Rosie O'Donnell, Alan Cumming and more celebs for a concert in New York on December 4 for a good cause.
The "Cyndi Lauper & Friends: Home For The Holidays" concert is to raise awareness about lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender youth homelessness. It will be held at the Beacon Theater and will also feature appeases by Norah Jones, Amy Lee, Wanda Sykes, Jon Secada, Carson Kressley, Chely Wright, Harvey Fierstein, Debbie Harry and more.
"When I first learned that up to 40 percent of all homeless youth in this country identify as gay, lesbian, bisexual or transgender I was shocked and saddened," Lauper said in a statement on her True Colors Fund website. "For far too long homeless youth have not received the attention, resources and funding necessary to bring an end to this epidemic. My hope is that through this inspiring evening of music and comedy we can raise awareness and much needed funds to help these young people."
Lauper started the True Colors Fund, named after her hit single "True Colors," in 2008 to help the homeless problem within the community. The singer is a long-time advocate for the LGBT community. In September the Fund opened the True Colors Residence, a 30 studio permanent housing building in New York that is dedicated to serving the LGBT homeless youth. All of the proceeds from the concert will go to the True Colors Fund.
The singer recently teamed up with M.A.C. cosmetics on World AIDS Day on December 1 to hand out cosmetics to LGBT youth and raise awareness amongst the at risk youth about the AIDS epidemic.
"A lot of people are feeling bad about themselves, and when you're a teenager you're self destructive," the singer told People magazine on December 1. "But what seems terrible now won't be terrible 10 years down the line. It's not as bleak as it looks. You'll get through it. You are precious. Protect yourself."
Lauper is one of many celebrities that works with the M.A.C. AIDS Fund to raise money to fight HIV/AIDS. Singers Lady Gaga, Ricky Martin and rapper Nicki Minaj are also supporters.
"We have to communicate with our kids," Lauper told the magazine. "Give your girls lipstick, and remind them that every time they put their M.A.C Viva Glam lipstick on and go out, to protect themselves."