Cyndi Lauper just opened a 30-bed housing facility for homeless lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgendered youth in NYC. The True Colors Residence, named after her hit song, is on West 154th Street in Harlem. The residence is the first permanent housing facility of its kind in the city. Lauper is a longtime supporter for LGBT rights;
“These young people often face discrimination and at times physical assault in some of the very places they have to go for help. In New York City, a very disproportionate number (up to 40 percent), of homeless youth identify as L.G.B.T. 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 for help. This is shocking and inexcusable!”
The True Colors Residence is an energy-efficient building with 30 studio apartments for youths aged 18 to 24, complete with indoor and outdoor community space. Residents will pay rent based on their income and will receive help with job placement. To find out more, volunteer or donate, go here.