Cyndi Lauper launches project for homeless LGBT youth in the US

Singer wants Forty to None Project to help kids and educate the public

Cyndi Lauper launches project for homeless LGBT youth in the US
26 June 2012

Cyndi Lauper wants everyone to know that of the approximately 1.6 million youth in the US who are homeless each year, 40 percent of them identify as gay, lesbian, bisexual, or transgender.

The singer and longtime LGBT activist wants to reduce that percentage from 40 percent to none.

To work toward that, Lauper this week launched the Forty to None Project to help the homeless youth and to educate the public about this disturbing situation – the result of kids being rejected by their families for being who they are.

‘Anybody can end up on the street,’ Lauper writes in a statement. ‘Homelessness knows nothing of age or race or gender. It can happen to anybody. But when statistics show that as many as 40 percent of the nation’s homeless youth are gay or transgender, compared to 3-5 percent of the overall youth population, we have to acknowledge that we’re facing a crisis.’

Lauper says the disparity shows that LGBT youth stand ‘a much higher chance’ of becoming homeless because of abuse, neglect and familial rejection.

‘As a mother, I can’t ever imagine throwing my child away,’ she writes. ‘I can’t imagine kicking a kid out of my house. I can’t imagine rejecting a person who is, literally, a part of me.’

Lauper assures people that she and her team have done their homework by traveling the country, visiting shelters, drop-in centers, outreach programs and advocacy organizations.

They also talked to community leaders, service providers, government officials and the kids themselves. They held meetings in such cities as Washington DC, New York, San Francisco and Minneapolis and looked for holes in the systems. From that, they developed a five-year plan.

Below is the public service announcement Lauper has made for the organization:

HAVE YOUR SAY

MORE TOP STORIES

NYC headquarters of gay escort site Rentboy.com raided, CEO among those arrested

NYC headquarters of gay escort site Rentboy.com raided, CEO among those arrested

Site's Twitter page states: 'Money can’t buy you love but everything else is negotiable'
No thumbnail available

Gay Star Travel Expo: Discover the hottest gay destinations in 2015

The Gay Star Travel Expo returns to London over the weekend of January 17/18th to showcase the hottest gay destinations in 2015 – from the best cruises to the fiercest party islands
No thumbnail available

RuPaul’s Drag Race stars sing heartfelt, hilarious tribute to silicone

Detox, Willam and Vicky Vox are back with a brand new video to the tune of Robyn's Dancing On My Own
No thumbnail available

Neil Patrick Harris ready to 'go to a nasty place' to play Hedwig on Broadway

Leaving TV series and Los Angeles behind, actor has stepped into high heels of East German transgender glam rock singer
No thumbnail available

Russia shuts down registry office after it gave gay couple marriage license

St Petersburg MP Vitaly Milonov vowed to avoid more 'ugly insults to millions of Russian families in the future'
No thumbnail available
No thumbnail available

Turned away at own blood drive, out mayor in California launches effort to end gay ban

Gay men in US have been banned from donating blood since 1983 - Evan Low says that's long enough
No thumbnail available

Modern Family, Chaz Bono and Josh Hutcherson receive GLAAD Awards

Star-studded LA ceremony includes appearances by Ellen DeGeneres, Betty White and surprise presenter Cher
No thumbnail available

Trans tortured and brutally killed in Mexico

Another transsexual has been found dead, tortured and brutally killed in Apodaca, Mexico.
No thumbnail available

Facebook bans gender variant artist as their actual name sounded fake

Refuses to believe Del LaGrace Volcano is their real name, despite it being on their US passport