As a longtime supporter of LGBT causes, Cyndi Lauper has often reached out to like-minded celebrity friends to help spread the good word. People like Whoopi Goldberg, Elton John, Kelly Osbourne, and … 50 Cent?
That’s right. Despite a history of antigay sentiments that would make Mel Gibson seem like a nice guy in comparison, Lauper has tapped the rapper to join her onstage this Saturday at New York City’s Beacon Theatre for her True Colors Fund’s annual Home for the Holidays concert, which raises money for homeless LGBT youth.
50 Cent is a surprising choice, given his past outspokenness against gay people. In 2010, following a tiff with Perez Hilton, the rapper tweeted that he had his homie shoot up a gay wedding in retaliation, which made him feel better. And around the time of Tyler Clementi’s suicide, 50 suggested that men who didn’t enjoy sex with women should kill themselves to help make the world a better place.
But in a recent interview with Buzzfeed, Lauper says the rapper — whose real name is Curtis Jackson — has changed. Calling him “a good guy,” the Grammy and Emmy award-winner said that “People evolve. That is what you have to leave yourself open for. You change the world when you change your mind.”
According to a press release, the True Colors Fund was founded “to inspire and engage everyone, especially straight people, to become active participants in the advancement of gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender equality and to raise awareness about and bring an end to gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender youth homelessness.”