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Cyndi Lauper Wants To Help Young LGBTQ Homeless Crisis: ‘You Can’t Throw Away Our Youth’

October 19, 2019

– You’re the raddest looking human ever. Like, we– (audience cheers) Like things I dream of in my head, I’m like, I could try this, you pull off all of them. – I just don’t want to feel
like I look in the mirror and I look conservative and straight. I don’t know, somebody like– (laughs) You know, like, you know, sometimes I pass Brooks
Brothers and I think to myself, “well that ain’t bad,” and
I’m like, “what do you mean, that’s bad.” – I love, here’s the thing,
I love Brooks Brothers. – Yeah, me too. But, you
know, like really being in like a pinstripe suit
with my real color hair, which I haven’t seen since I was nine. – I was gonna say, I don’t
think you’re ever going to be able to fight rock and roll. I think that’s just gonna
naturally exude from you. That’s what we love about you. Have y’all ever met before? – Yeah. – We have. – You know, on her show. – On my show. But I agree with you. As soon as I look too proper,
I’m like uh-uh. You know? – Like, you know, I don’t know
what older artists look like. – Kinda like this. (audience laughs) – Nah, you look beautiful. You’re not old. In what age, time, realm
do you think you are in? – I’m gonna be Basic
Betty, though, even at 70. It’s gonna like, when
I grow up, I’m gonna, I’m cool with it. That’s who I am. I’m like rollin’ with this, Cindy. (audience cheering) – What I always think of is your song “What Doesn’t Kill You — – You know that song? (audience laughing) – [Cindy] I do. – I’m so cool right now. – I used to like, whenever
I was feeling really kind of like, downtrodden, I
would like sing along with it. – I love that you even heard it. – Are you kidding it was a huge hit. – Oh my God, well thank you! (audience cheers) All right so tell us about
your, its home for the holidays right? – We’re coming to LA
usually we’re in New York, but this year, its a special year. We’re coming to LA. LA. – LA. I like how you say it. (audience cheers) – It’s our big fundraiser
this year, um well every year. It’s the main thing we do
for the true colors united, it’s an organization that we
did to help eradicate I guess, youth homelessness. And that ranges anywhere
from 12 to 24, and what we discovered is that there’s
3.7 million kids on the street in one year. And up to 49% of them were
LGBTQ, which is lesbian or gay. And you start to realize
that a lot of these kids are getting thrown out of
their homes as they come out to their parents. I’m a mom, you never get the kid, the kid that’s who you want the kid to be, the kid is who the kid is. And as a mom, (audience Cheering) you don’t wanna throw you kid out. – It’s great that you do
that work and I think its so, people think it’s better, and
it is, but it’s not better everywhere, and it’s not
better in every household. – It’s not better – Well when better comes from
the bar that’s way down here then you’ve still only made it here. You’ve gotta have a long way to go. – But guys, its not. I mean we’ve been trying,
but it’s still up to 40%. I just think that we can
do stuff with education and different programs, which
we have been involved with. We bring a lot of organizations
together and outreach programs together. This is the work we do. We lobby, we’ve had people
from like 50 cent, to Pink, to Laverne Cox. – I think what’s most important
to point out, I know you’re not gonna say this, but
just the fact that you are unique and you are an original,
and a lot of the kids you are speaking to are unique and
original and they stand out in their community. The fact that you’re leading
it up means all the world. (audience clapping) like it’s not somebody
shouting from the rooftop that doesn’t get it. That’s the key. You took your platform
though, and you did something. That’s a cool thing. – You can’t throw away or
youth. Our youth is our future. We’re parents, we stand by the kids. We have to, because honestly
you won’t have a future if you don’t listen to them. (audience clapping) come to the show December 10th. – Okay so where is this concert happening? – At the noveu theater on December 10th. October 18th tickets
go on sale, and that’s and
get all the information get information about what
we do, and together we can actually change the situation. And once we take care of
that 40% we can move on to the rest. – The volunteer.


  • Reply StReEtBaByNaJa Periodpooh October 18, 2019 at 9:31 pm

    # Kelly Clarkson!

  • Reply HargiHero3 October 18, 2019 at 9:36 pm


  • Reply Melinda Pemberton October 18, 2019 at 9:39 pm


  • Reply Dennis McClain October 18, 2019 at 9:40 pm

    Homeless is Homeless regardless if ur gay or not

  • Reply John Clayton October 18, 2019 at 9:41 pm

    She looks like a poodle 🐩

  • Reply Sharon Scott October 18, 2019 at 9:41 pm

    True colours id the best song ever xx

  • Reply Coco October 18, 2019 at 9:43 pm

    Still love Cyndi Lauper. Can’t get enough of her.

  • Reply Laurel Dell October 18, 2019 at 9:50 pm

    I love Cindi, she is very interesting.
    Sara Gilbert is a hypocrite that threw Roseanne under the bus.
    I have no respect for someone that was made famous by Roseanne and then bad mouths her. Yuck

  • Reply Nancy Jane Bazanchuk October 18, 2019 at 9:53 pm

    The key to life is like Kelly said Cyndi has helped many people move forward because she is UNIQUE. As a Disabled Woman who is also a lesbian, she helped me see at a young age that is it OK to be different & love myself for who I was, first as a person born with a disability and later in life as a lesbian. Thank you Cyndi. Word will never be able to fill in how much you really have helped me be the strong role model that I am today.

  • Reply Suré De Beer October 18, 2019 at 9:59 pm

    Kelly's like omg you know that song!
    I'm like Kelly dude it was the only song number 1 on the top 100, adult contemporary chart, and dance chart.
    Everyone knows that song!!!

  • Reply Hope Ful October 18, 2019 at 10:01 pm

    There is no help for homeless people that don’t fit in any particular category. Families without labels need help too.

  • Reply eyal tallor October 18, 2019 at 10:02 pm

    Cindy's organization is literally amazing, she's helping so many people to know that love is love no matter what!

  • Reply Chase Away October 18, 2019 at 10:08 pm

    Can someone say this tile a little louder for the people in the back?

  • Reply Matt Hartley Jr October 18, 2019 at 10:10 pm

    Cyndi thank YOU for all your support to LGBTQ community all these years 😇🎉🙌💚

  • Reply Kristeen Walker October 18, 2019 at 10:14 pm

    SIngle moms to disabled children who are now adults are not able to get help either. No longer fitting the "family" profile. My son lost his SSI when he turned 18. I am disabled and waiting to hear about disability for myself. No money coming in at all. But Minneapolis has all shelters full so keeping someone in a home is not what they look at. Just those on the streets already and no money for that either. I just want to keep us under a roof and survive. But how do you explain to an autistic 19 year old boy with the mind of a child that there is no Christmas. He doesn't even understand why I can't buy the food he wants. Food stamps has to last. I don't even eat when he is at school. If I run out of food stamps, food costs money needed for rent, electricity, laundry, toilet paper. Tough for everyone. But hey we have the artist I first had a cassette tape from, and the artist who's cd is in my portable cd player to help with sensory when I run errands or go to the dentist.

  • Reply Ellen Bella October 18, 2019 at 10:24 pm

    Oh shut up, homelessness affects every part of a society, dont make it everything aboutthe lgbtq bla bla….

  • Reply The Official Andy Saenz October 18, 2019 at 11:20 pm

    ALL homeless people need help! Not just LGBTQ people, let’s drop these silly labels that only serve to divide us.

  • Reply Katherine Sullivan October 18, 2019 at 11:45 pm

    did she just say lgbtq which means lesbian and gay???

  • Reply LX8R October 19, 2019 at 1:29 am

    Cyndi is beyond amazing!

  • Reply aubug5 October 19, 2019 at 1:45 am

    Hollywood loves mental illness.
    Hollywood causes mental illness.
    Hollywood is mental illness.

  • Reply Vin. cy October 19, 2019 at 1:47 am


  • Reply Debbie October 19, 2019 at 1:53 am

    Key I agree I wish I could be more spicy

  • Reply male order October 19, 2019 at 2:42 am

    The most sincere gracious artists I've met wile performaning on the Gold Coast She aloud me to get on stage and sing a song my choice with me .. xo

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