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Cyndi Lauper is Opening an LGBT Youth Homeless Center in Harlem

Artist and LGBT community advocate Cyndi Lauper is opened a 30-bed housing facility for homeless LGBT youth in Harlem ion September of 2011. The True Colors Residence, named after her 1986 hit True Colors –which has become the unofficial “be yourself” anthem. It is located on West 154th Street near Frederick Douglass Boulevard and is the first permanent housing facility of its kind in the city. Lauper has been a big supporter for LGBT rights, was moved to pursue this project because up to 40 percent of homeless youth in the city identify as LGBT.

“These young people often face discrimination and at times physical assault in some of the very places they have to go for help. This is shocking and inexcusable!

Kids are coming out in greater numbers as they see themselves accepted and represented on TV and in movies, but they’re still being kicked out of their homes or running away and living on the streets. We need to make sure we’re taking care of them. This is the next generation of the LGBT community.”

The new energy-efficient building has 30 studio apartments for youths aged 18 to 24, complete with indoor and outdoor community space. Residents will pay some rent (based on their income) and will get counseling and help with job placement. To find out more about the True Colors Fund, you can go here.

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