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Hero of the Week Award: September 9, Cyndi Lauper

9 Sep

Hero of the Week

I have to confess that I was so overwhelmed by the bigots this week that the search for a hero seemed daunting.  Fortunately, our Cyndi Lauper, founder of the Give A Damn Campaign, which strives for gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgender equality, is now opening a homeless shelter for LGBT teens in New York.  True Colors Residence homeless shelter for LGBT teens opens today, September 9, 2011, thus earning Cyndi Lauper our HWA.

True Colors Residence will serve youth from ages 18 to 24 who have been disowned by their families because of their sexual orientation or gender identity.  The youth will receive housing, social, and educational support; they will also receive help finding employment.  Brava, Cyndi Lauper.  How wonderful to build a legacy of love, strength, and advocacy in a culture of hate, discrimination, and fear mongering.

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Stand Up for What’s Right: The Power of Social Courage

18 Apr

As my story with Nike and Kobe Bryant continues to develop and we wait to see if Nike will do the right thing and say no to bigots, and as we witness the hate spewing from the noxious Santorum, I thought I would point people to my friend Cory’s blog to watch a video that inspires each of us to stand up for what is right.  I hope this video will inspire us all to stop hate and give us the social courage to stand up to bullies.

“A lot of people are waiting for Martin Luther King or Mahatma Gandhi to come back – but they are gone. We are it. It is up to us. It is up to you.”–Marian Wright Edelman

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