Cyndi Lauper on how ‘fiscal showdown’ impacts LGBT youth ‘who need our help to stay safe’
The showdown over the federal budget between President Barack Obama and the Republican leadership of the US House of Representatives has been dominating the headlines ever since Obama’s re-election last month.
While much of the focus has been on automatic tax hikes for all Americans as well as automatic budget cuts if a compromise is not reached, singer Cyndi Lauper wants people to know that homeless LGBT youth will also suffer.
Lauper says this group, who ‘need our help to stay safe,’ depends on federally-funded programs to survive.
In jeopardy are federal agencies working to combat bullying and school violence against LGBT students as well as financial aid and job placement programs that serve as bridges for those youths who want to start a career or go to college.
‘This is unacceptable,’ Lauper writes in a column published this week in Rolling Stone. ‘We all need to make sure Washington hears us on this one – for ourselves and for youth who are struggling and lack a voice of their own. There’s too much at stake to simply tune this out. We need to make some noise of our own.’
Lauper points out that even though they comprise only 5 – 7 percent of all youth in America, LGBT youth represent up to 40 percent of all homeless youth.
‘This figure is shocking in itself,’ she writes. ‘But even worse is that this problem is driven primarily by family rejection at a time when these young people are physically, financially and materially dependent on their parents.