Cyndi Lauper has long been an advocate for lesbian/gay/bisexual/transgendered rights. Upon hearing that nearly 40% of New York’s youth homeless population is LGBT, Lauper has decided to open a homeless shelter for them.
It will be called “True Colors,” Lauper says in a press release, which is the name of her 1986 hit single. Construction on the facility begins Thursday (Sept. 1) at W. 154th St and Frederick Douglass Blvd in Manhattan.
Lauper says in the press release, “In New York City, a very disproportionate number [up to
40 percent] of homeless youth identity as LGBT. Even more disturbing are
reports that these young people often face discrimination and at times
physical assault in some of the very places they have to go for help. 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 residence will have studio apartments and indoor/outdoor communal space. Each resident will pay affordable rent based on their income and will receive job assistance if they do not have one. There will also be social and educational programs.
Good for you, Cyndi Lauper.