... Oh, not to sing, although that would be nice, but, rather, Cyndi Lauper, advocate for homeless LGBTQ youth, is headed to DC to be honored for her charitable work.
Cyndi Lauper: ''I am doing something really important. 'I am meeting with members of Congress and the Obama administration to discuss ways to better help homeless LGBT youth. I am going to discuss the need for more funding to help runaway and homeless youth, ensuring that LGBT youth experiencing homelessness are not discriminated against in federally funded shelters and other agencies, and that we pass the Reconnecting Youth to Prevent Homelessness Act [read about that HERE] that Senator [John] Kerry introduced last year. It is my first time visiting Capitol Hill and I am really looking forward to it.''
Kathleen Sebelius, Department of Health and Human Services Secretary, will be marking National Children's Mental Health Awareness Day by presenting Lauper with an award at an featuring an art exhibit, reception and ''Heroes of Hope'' tribute.
Dr. Gary Blau, chief of the Child, Adolescent and Family Branch at the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, the organization presenting the event, says, ''The theme this year is 'Heroes of Hope'. The award to Cyndi is for her work and support of young people, particularly LGBT, and to give them hope as well.''
Cyndi Lauper says the major vehicle for improving the lives of LGBTQ youth is her True Colors Fund [visit them HERE] which was inspired by the True Colors Tour: "We thought if we could get people this excited with music and some comedy about LGBT issues, then maybe we could do even more on two issues that mattered a great deal to us: getting straight people involved in pushing for LGBT equality, and to help all these kids who are homeless because they were kicked out or ran away from home for being gay or transgender.''
There are a lot of celebrities who talk about LGBTQ issues, but there are few who stand as strong and as loudly, and proudly, as Cyndi Lauper.
No one deserves this honor more.
via Metro Weekly