Congratulations to Clay Aiken who has joined a list of celebrities that will be a part of an All-Star benefit concert supporting the True Colors Fund. The concert, planned by Cyndi Lauper is called Home For The Holidays and will be held at the Beacon Theater on December 4th at 8pm.
The following artists were announced for this exciting show. They include Norah Jones, Amy Lee, Rosie O’Donnell, Wanda Sykes, Carson Kressley, Chely Wright, Skylar Grey, Vanessa Carlton, Angelique Kidjo, Harvey Fierstein, Deluka, Debbie Harry, Alan Cumming and Clay Aiken.
Tickets for this concert go on sale through Live Nation and Ticket master on Friday, October 28, 2011.
Lauper organized this show to raise money for her foundation called the True Colors Fund. The charity was formed to assist gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender children who have been thrown out of their homes by their parents or primary custodians. Cyndi said about the event:
When I first learned that up to 40 percent of all homeless youth in this country identify as gay, lesbian, bisexual or transgender I was shocked and saddened. For far too long homeless youth have not received the attention, resources and funding necessary to bring an end to this epidemic. My hope is that through this inspiring evening of music and comedy we can raise awareness and much needed funds to help these young people.”
This month, the group celebrated the opening of the first True Colors Residence, a refuge in New York for dispossessed LGBT teens. The 30-bed shelter is New York’s first full-time residence for LGBT homeless youth, who face challenges far different from many others, and at higher rates.
Cyndi was recently interviewed by the Star and said the following about The True Colors Fund:
“There is a group of people who don’t have equal civil rights, and I think if that’s accepted then all of our rights are up for grabs.
“I don’t preach to anyone and tell them what they should believe or not believe, but I think it’s important that what you believe is based on facts, not fantasy or myth.
“The True Colors Fund is an advocate for homeless LBGT youth, which has reached an epidemic level. … We have reached out to them.
“Parents are throwing their children out on the street. And as a parent, I’ve got to tell you, kids don’t come with a warranty. You can’t send them back to the store. Once you have them, they’re your kids. You don’t throw them out in the street, no matter what. They’re still kids. If you have trouble with who they are, visit some websites and get some information. Talk to other parents in similar situations so you can understand exactly what you are dealing with.
“So maybe your kid is never going to be like you. You still have to support and help them, not beat them down. You have to educate yourself. And that also means watching out to see if your kid is someone bullying another kid. If he or she is, step up and step in. This ‘see no evil; hear no evil’ won’t make it go away. Your child has to be more important than your dogma.”
What an amazing lady! She is certainly a person who is making a difference in the world.
Did you know that Cyndi Lauper is a popular Grammy award winning music artist, as well as Emmy award winning television, film and theatre actress? Cyndi was the first ever-female music artist to feature four consecutive songs in the Hot 100 to five hits from a single album. Cyndi has released over 40 singles and 11 albums, and sold nearly 30 million copies worldwide.
Tickets for the Home For The Holidays cost $35 to $500. 100% of the net proceeds of the concert will benefit the True Colors Fund. So…I hope that many people can hear Clay Aiken in concert and support this amazing charity.
Do you plan on attending?