The girl who just wants to have fun also wants to help provide a safe, supportive environment for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender homeless youth.
Next month, Cyndi Lauper plans to open the True Colors Residence (TCR) in Harlem, the first permanent housing supportive of gay youth in New York.
According to a study by the National Gay and Lesbian Task Force, between 20 to 40 percent of America’s homeless youth identify as LGBT. Often these teens are forced by their families to leave home, or choose to leave because they are victims of abuse. Many who arrive in shelters are abused and threatened.
Lauper’s residency, being built on West 154th St. in Harlem, will offer a safe haven for LGBT youth between ages of 18 to 24. The bran- new building will house studio apartments, community spaces, recreational and educational activities, and employment services. Residents will pay rent according to their income.
“Our primary goal is to provide a physically and emotionally safe and supportive environment that will empower our young residents to be the self-loving, happy and successful individuals they were meant to be,” the ’80s pop diva said in a message.
The TCR is just another way to prove that It Gets Better. Those are some mighty beautiful True Colors, Ms. Lauper!
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