American singer Cyndi Lauper, who is set to win the United Nations’ new social justice award, said on Wednesday that her drive to end LGBT+ homelessness began in support of family and friends.
Best known for her ’80s-era pop hits, Lauper will receive the United Nations inaugural High Note Global Prize on Dec. 10 – Human Rights Day – for the work of her charity, True Colors United, to support homeless LGBT+ youth.
“Being an ally came naturally to me. LGBT rights are human rights. It wasn’t in me to stand idly by while my friends and family were being mistreated,” Lauper, told the Thomson Reuters Foundation, describing youth homelessness as an “epidemic”.
“It means a great deal to receive this award because it will help to raise awareness of this issue. It is a fixable problem if we all come together to help these kids.”