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True Colors

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In 2019 (remember 2019? I don’t), the United Nations created a new prize known as the High Note Global Prize. Its first recipient is one of my idols, and I’d like to write about her charity work today.

True Colors United was founded by Lauper in 2008 to try to bring an end to LGBTQ+ youth homelessness. Lauper, always a gay icon, recognized that many at-risk gay youth became runaways when their families rejected them. In fact, although LGBTQ+ people only represent about 10% of the overall population, queer and trans teens make up about 40% of all homeless youth in America. Lauper resolved to use advocacy, training, education, technical assistance programs, and collaborations with affected young people to create solutions that acknowledge and focus on the unique experiences of LGBTQ+ youth. Her efforts have met with marked success.

David Clark founded the UN’s High Note Global Initiative. Clark said that Lauper deserves the award because of her long-time commitment to promoting human rights, calling her “a voice and active participant for change who has inspired people around the world to be tolerant and true to themselves.”

You can learn more about the True Colors United Foundation on their website and on Instagram.

Author: Donna from MyOBT

I have committed to spending part of every day looking for at least one beautiful thing, and sharing what I find with you lovelies!

6 thoughts on “True Colors

  1. No way! I had not heard about Lauper receiving this award – I had not actually heard of the award – and I absolutely love that she was the recipient. What a lovely way to recognise her activism.

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  2. I am happy to see this happening. Hal

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  3. I love Cyndi too! And yay that her work was recognized!

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