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Singer, songwriter and producer Cyndi Lauper will be the first-ever recipient of the new High Note Global Prize.
The award is presented in conjunction with United Nations Human Rights and the High Note Global Initiative. The latter was set up by philanthropist David Clark to honor artists who use their music and profile to advance social justice issues.
Lauper, 66, is receiving the award in recognition of her True Colors United organization. She established the organization in 2008 to help LGBTQ homeless youth.
According to its website, True Colors, “implements innovative solutions to youth homelessness that focus on the unique experiences of LGBTQ young people.” Since its inception, it has helped thousands of young people to find shelter and help when they most need it.
An estimated 40% of homeless youth in the US are believed to belong to the LGBTQ community.
Lauper will be presented with the award at her annual ‘Home for the Holidays’ concert on 10 December (which also happens to be UN Human Rights Day). The concert raises funds each year for True Colors.
The show will take place at The NOVO at L.A. Live in Los Angeles. Joining Lauper on the line-up will be Belinda Carlisle, Billy Porter (who worked with Lauper on the Broadway musical, Kinky Boots), Marilyn Manson, Margaret Cho, Lily Tomlin, and King Princess, among others. Kesha will present the award to Lauper on stage.
It promises to be an amazing show and there are still a few tickets left. So, if you feel like helping LGBTQ kids find a home for the holidays – and witnessing first-hand some awards-presenting history – you know what to do!