In a bold move that might make Madonna, Oprah, Gaga and other Gay friendly pop stars who make millions from the community pause and think, singer Cyndi Lauper, who is nowhere near as rich as the aforementioned ladies, has orchestrated and collaborated with a non-profit to raise funds for the first shelter for homeless LGBT youth in New York City.
Rolling Stone reports that the True Colors Residence is a groundbreaking facility in New York City to service kids who have no place and no one to look out for them.
Unlike Oprah and Madonna, who put their charity efforts in Africa, Lauper focused on America’s forgotten LGBT kids who often have to run away from home after being rejected for their sexuality. This new 30-bed housing facility for homeless lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgendered youth is a great start, and opened in Manhattan on September 1st.
Rolling Stone reported that the The True Colors Residence, (the name based on her 1986 hit “True Colors”) is in Harlem. The shelter was created by Lauper, her manager and the West End Intergenerational Residence, a non-profit focused on providing housing for homeless families and the elderly.
Rolling Stone printed a portion of a letter asking for donations from Lauper: “These young people often face discrimination and at times physical assault in some of the very places they have to go for help,” she wrote in a letter seeking donations for the residence. “This is shocking and inexcusable!”
The residence is described as an “energy-efficient building with 30 studio apartments for youths aged 18 to 24, complete with indoor and outdoor community space. Residents will pay rent based on their income and will receive help with job placement.”