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Cyndi Lauper named one of the “Heroes Among Us” by People magazine for being a voice of acceptance

15Yes, I did name Kathy Griffin as the winner of the 2010 Greggy for Straight Ally of the Year.

It was an honor well deserved.

But the beautiful soul that is Cyndi Lauper could win that honor in this and any other other year for all she does for the LGBT community.

In a recent issue of People magazine, Cyndi was cited as one of the “Heroes Among Us” for her efforts to speak up for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender youths and keep them in their homes and off the streets.

“I know if I can make a big stink, I can inspire other people,” she told members of LGBT Community Center in New York City’s Youth Enrichment Services Program.

Next summer, a permanent housing facility for LGBT youths ages 18-24 – called the True Colors Residence in honor or Lauper and her anthem of acceptance – is expected to open in central Harlem.

“Without her, the residence definitely would not be built,” said Colleen Jackson, executive director of the West End Intergenerational Residence.

The residence came about after a conversation Lauper had with Jackson after she spotted homeless LGBT kids at one of the city’s piers a few years ago.

“It really broke my heart,” said Cyndi. “I couldn’t stand by as kids get thrown out and discriminated against.

Lauper’s True Colors Fund is providing financial support for the city-funded residence.

God bless you Cindu Lauper!

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