Tag Archives: LGBT Equality

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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Celebrating Keith Haring

3 Jul

Although LGBT History Month is over, there are still many individuals who need to be recognized and celebrated. Today I would like to honor and pay tribute to Keith Haring. Haring was one of the best recognized social/AIDS activists in the 1980s and proved the Power of One Voice.

When President Reagan refused to even say the word AIDS or acknowledge the epidemic, people like Haring and Larry Kramer were organizing and taking political action.  The LGBT community had no real vocal allies during the 1980s, while we witnessed many friends, partners, and family members die.

Haring’s first famous piece of art, Radiant Baby, was first seen in subways. Some maintain that Radiant Baby is his signature piece. I would argue that as far as social justice and LGBT equality his most famous piece is National Coming Out Day…, which is an internationally recognized symbol to encourage all LGBT people to come out and be visible, celebrated on October 11.

Thank you Keith Haring for your art, your talent, your voice, and your visibility. Click here to learn more about Haring and his AIDS Foundation.

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