By: Shannon Ralph
Cyndi Lauper and her longtime manager, Lisa Barbaris, have revealed plans to open a safe haven residence for lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender youth in New York City’s Central Harlem neighborhood.
The singer will open the doors of the True Colors Residence on Sept. 1st. True Colors Residence will be New York City’s first permanent housing facility with support services for 18-to-24-year-old LGBT youth with a history of homelessness. In addition to providing a brand new, modern building with studio apartments for each resident, the facility will offer a variety of social and educational support services for its resident youth.
“In New York City, a very disproportionate number (up to 40%) of homeless youth identify as LGBT,” Lauper wrote in a press release on the True Colors website. “Our primary goal is to provide a physically and emotionally safe and supportive environment that will empower our young residents to be the self-loving, happy, and successful individuals they were meant to be.”