Women we love: Cyndi Lauper – proving herself an ally, time after time
The United Nations has created a social justice award, and they’ve given it to singer Cyndi Lauper for her work supporting LGBTQ people.
Lauper’s passion for tackling LGBTQ youth homelessness began in an effort to support her family and friends, reports Openly. She has described youth homelessness as an epidemic.
“Being an ally came naturally to me. LGBT rights are human rights. It wasn’t in me to stand idly by while my friends and family were being mistreated…” said Lauper, talking to the Thomson Reuters Foundation. “It means a great deal to receive this award because it will help to raise awareness of this issue. It is a fixable problem if we all come together to help these kids.”
Lauper’s charity – True Colors United – estimates up to four out of 10 of the 4.2 million homeless young people in the United States are LGBTQ and works to ensure that services for them are safe and welcoming.
Three-quarters of homeless LGBTQ youth surveyed by True Colors United said they had been in child welfare. These young people are often mistreated in foster care, which can lead to homelessness and sexual exploitation, the charity said.