Give a Damn

Happy Mother’s Day, Cyndi Lauper

What happens when “Girls Who Wanna Have Fun” grow up?  They become activists for gay rights.

In a time when a lot of singers are using the gay market to jump start careers, it’s the perfect time to recognize those who have actually made activism central to all their musical careers through years of hard work and dedication.

It’s Mother’s Day, and Queerty would like to salute the funky mother we’re all lucky to have: Cyndi Lauper. Cyndi has inspired and engage everyone in her path to become active participants for LGBT equality and to raise awareness to end LGBT youth homelessness.

Her True Colors concerts, featuring artists like The B-52’s, Sarah McLachlan, and Margaret Cho, have raised hundreds of thousands of dollars for the Human Rights Campaign and PFLAG. Last year Cyndi and the True Colors Fund kicked off the Give a Damn Campaign in which celebs like Ricky Martin, Judith Light, Susan Sarandon and Whoopi Goldberg made public service announcements encouraging straight people to get informed and gvie a damn about LGBT rights and equality.

It’s people like Cyndi Lauper that are pushing shining light on issues such as workplace discrimination, hate crimes, teen suicides, homelessness and gay marriage. In Cyndi’s own words, “I’ve come to realize that equality means a lot to people that don’t have it. If we all give a damn, then we can ensure that equality for all really includes all. I give a damn. Do you?”

Thank you, Cyndi Lauper, for being a true mother to the gay community… and Happy Mother’s Day!

(NOTE: In the second graph, the word activism was added for clarity.)

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  • JohnB

    “In a time when a lot of singers are using the gay market to jump start careers, it’s great to recognize those who have actually make it central to all their activist over years of hard work.”

    Am I the only on who doesn’t think this sentence makes any sense?

  • papparon

    Indeed! We should all be grateful to Cyndi and many others like her who have consistently supported us even when it was not PC or profitable to do it. Congrats Cyndi!!! Wish we had a thousand more like you!

  • Alex

    English is probably his or her second language. However though it’s still a nice article in praise of our beloved Cyndi.

  • tinkerbell

    I love this woman. You go, Cyndi!

  • Jeffree

    Cyndi rocks, rolls, & rules.

    I have, ummm, erg, aha!…slept with exactly three PAs from morning TV shows (I counted them, and so should you, dammit!) and they all said the same thing: Lauper is smart, kind, hard-working & appreciative.

    Belated Happy Mudders’ Day to Cyndi. Long may she rock !

    (I need to hear a chorus of AMEN here, now, and yes DIVKID, that includes you, minus the chloroform or however that is spelled) [spelt]

  • the crustybastard

    Good choice, Queerty.

    Thank you, Ms Lauper.

  • divkid

    @Jeffree: >:


    of all the uptempo chart hits about female masturbation in the pop idiom from the 1980s that are in the key of A and sung in a noo yawk accent i think cyndi’s “she bop” has a claim to being the finest.

    she’s an original.
    p.s in light of your SHOCKING revelation: me thinks you weren’t so much tryin’ to work your way into the world of TV… as the world of TV was working it’s way into you!
    shame on you!

  • Ruhlmann

    @Jeffree: AMEN… I don’t listen to much post WW2 pop music but I didn’t mind Lauper both for originality as well as her political/social stance for LGBT in an era when it was still all new. She and I have hitch hiking across Canada in common…although I’d wager it took me significantly longer. True Colours is my favorite.

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