Revolutionary Singer/Activist Cyndi Lauper

Written by Darius Dupins

Revolutionary is often used loosely to describe various pop artists. Certainly, Madonna was revolutionary in the way the toaster was in the early 19th century. Cyndi Lauper on the other hand is revolutionary. First song: “Girls Just Wanna Have Fun” was a feminist statement that highlighted that females want the same equality and recognition that males had in society. Her enduring undulating, sparkling synths, her quirky voice and the pop sensibilities are straight from the pop music bible.

Moreover, the revolutionary Lauper has made an impact not only in pop culture but in the LGBT community as well. She is an LGBT activist, and is a part of three different causes that cater to our community: True Colors Fund, The Forty to None Project, and the Give a Damn Campaign.

The True Colors Fund, co-founded by Lauper, works to engage and inspire everyone, straight people included, to engage in activism for the LGBT community. Most importantly, this fund seeks to create safe spaces in which young people can be their true selves.

The Forty to None program, a public engagement project that seeks to end homelessness among LGBT youth. Through community organizing, public engagement, public policy, research and youth collaboration programs this program strives to end homelessness among LGBT youth.

The Give a Damn campaign is in the same vain as Lauper’s True Color Fund. It is for everybody who cares about gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender equality and points out the fifteen issues threatening our community, including health care, immigration and hate crimes.

Ellen Lauper, a name unfamiliar to the general public, is the catalyst for all the activist work her younger sister, Cyndi Lauper has done and continues to do. With Ellen as a role model, Cyndi got involved in gay rights advocacy because of her passion for equality among all.

For the past 18 years, Lauper has celebrated the memory of Matthew Shepard, including writing her song “Above the Clouds” showcasing his life. Lauper also donates $1 from every ticket sold to her ‘True Colors’ North American tour to the Human Rights Campaign, the largest LGBT civil rights advocacy group and political lobbying organization in the U.S.

After starting up the Forty to None Project in 2012 and learning that 10 percent of the 40 percent of American youth that identify as LGBT are homeless, Lauper set up the True Colors Residence in New York City for these youths. The residence includes 30 beds and offers temporary shelter and job placement.

While other celebrities has created charity foundations aimed at HIV/AIDS research, it is refreshing to see Lauper step out of the box to encourage straight allies to take initiative and become involved in LGBT causes as well.

Lauper recently returned to the music world with Detour, a collection of country song covers. The album features Willie Nelson, Alison Krauss, Jewel, and among others. Lauper is currently on tour in support of the album. Accompany her on the road is long-time friend and fellow 80s icon, Boy George at select venues. Lauper is performing at the Mizner Park Amphitheater in Boca Raton, FL on June 11. Lauper is reportedly set to mix classic, country songs with some of her best-loved hits. Call it revolutionary.