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Cyndi Lauper: Fewer parents would reject or alienate their LGBT kids if there was more outreach

True Colors Fund founder Cyndi Lauper long been working to end homelessness among lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender youth.

The Grammy winner, who opened a homeless shelter in New York City for LGBT youth in 2011, thinks more attention and resources needs to be directed to the parents of these kids who either kick them out or lose them to the streets.

‘…We did a lot of research about the kids running away, the homeless LGBT kids,’ Lauper tells PrideSource.

‘We found that (it would help) if the parents just said, “You’re my kid and I love you and you gotta give me a minute to get my head around this gay thing.”‘

Lauper points out that in these situations, parents likely don’t have anywhere to turn that is without judgement.

‘Because where the heck are parents gonna go?’ she asks. ‘You can’t go to the preacher man because he’s gonna condemn you and your kid to hell. You’re not gonna go to the school and out your kid. You can’t go to the neighbors. So, where do you go?

‘You have to have an outreach program for the parents and the kids, but you have to have the information to help parents because, you know, I think most parents just love their kids, and when they’re teenagers, you’re gonna fight about everything – I know, I have a teenager. You fight. Hell, that’s the dynamic.’

Lauper became involved after learning that 40% of all homeless youth are LGBT yet make up only 7% of the general youth population in the US.

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