Meet Justin Rush, The True Colors Fund’s New Director of Public Policy

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Justin Rush got his start in political organizing at 12 years old, volunteering in a mayoral race. Over the past two decades, he’s built a career of public service upon that foundation and never looked back. We’re very excited to announce that Justin … Read More

Homeless Shelters Will Soon Be Safer for Transgender Folks

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  The True Colors Fund Commends the Department of Housing & Urban Development on Groundbreaking Gender Identity Rule  The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) today released its final rule to ensure equal access to HUD shelter programs … Read More

New Report Underlines Role of Family in Preventing Youth Homelessness

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  Conflict within the family is one of the most frequently cited reason young people experience homelessness. For lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender youth, the conflict is often around their sexual orientation or gender identity. Most service providers would agree, … Read More

Support the True Colors Fund at Blood Orange’s NY Fashion Week Pop-Up

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Blood Orange‘s Dev Hynes is hosting a pop-up store in New York City this week for Fashion Week, and raising money to support our work to end homelessness among lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender youth. A collaboration with Made NY, the … Read More

How to Create Spaces Where Young People Can Be Their True Selves

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Creating safe and inclusive environments for lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) young people is something we talk about a lot, but how do we know when we are successful? Over the past two years, we’ve been using our True … Read More

Mary Lambert, Our Lady J to Perform at Women’s Week in Support of True Colors Fund

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We’re thrilled to announce that Mary Lambert and Our Lady J will round out the lineup of superstars performing at the 32nd Annual Women’s Week Festival in Provincetown, Massachusetts to support the True Colors Fund! Lambert and Our Lady J … Read More

3 Cities Accept 100-Day Challenge to End Youth Homelessness

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On September 7, 2016, three communities, Austin, Cleveland, and Los Angeles, will undertake a 100-Day Challenge to accelerate work to end youth homelessness in their cities. The 100-Day Challenge is being organized by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, A Way Home America, … Read More

Report Highlights Need to Create Justice for LGBT Youth

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According to a new report, lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer (LGBTQ) youth are more likely to face arrest, prosecution, and mistreatment within the juvenile justice system. Among the report’s most alarming findings is that the percentage of LGBTQ youth in … Read More

4 Things to Expect at the 2016 40 to None Summit

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1.) More sessions. This year’s 40 to None Summit will feature more opportunities for learning and collaboration than ever before! In addition to awesome main stage performances, panels, and keynotes, we’ll have breakout sessions in different rooms throughout the day so … Read More

Ian Ellasante Joins the True Colors Fund as First-Ever Chief Program Officer

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We’re so proud to introduce the newest member of our team (drum-roll please) Ian Ellasante! It’s a special honor to welcome Ian to the True Colors Fund, as he’s been a member of our family for years, serving on our … Read More

Introducing a New Youth-Led Project to End Youth Homelessness

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Consistent with the long-time rallying cry of the disability rights movement, “Nothing about us without us,” youth voices are vital to shaping the national response to youth homelessness. The True Colors Fund and National Alliance to End Homelessness are proud … Read More

Tee Up for the True Colors Fund This September

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Do you live in the tri-state area? Are you looking for a fun end-of-summer activity this year? Look no further! We’re proud to be the beneficiary of Broadridge Financial Solutions‘ Annual LBTGA (Lesbian, Bisexual, Transgender, Gay, and Allies) Associate Network and … Read More

Marco to Transition into New Role at the True Colors Fund

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Marco Antonio Quiroga, Director of Public Policy at the True Colors Fund, will be transitioning out of his position within the next few weeks to move back to his hometown of Orlando. Marco, like many individuals across our country following … Read More

Exclusive Pre-Sale Opportunity for Cyndi Lauper & Friends: Home for the Holidays

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Exciting news! Our co-founder Cyndi Lauper just announced that this year’s Cyndi Lauper & Friends: Home for the Holidays will take place on Saturday, December 3 at the Beacon Theatre. As a special ‘thank you’ for our supporters, we’d like … Read More

It Just Got Easier for Youth Experiencing Homelessness to Apply for College Aid

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Higher education can serve as a real pathway out of homelessness. The U.S. Department of Education (DOE) just made that pathway a bit easier to navigate. In a letter to Senator Patty Murray (D-WA), the DOE stated that it will … Read More

Inside Nashville’s Plan to End Youth Homelessness

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After 4 months of planning, the city of Nashville has released their plan to prevent and end youth homelessness. The Key Action Plan: Opening Doors for Youth & Young Adults Experiencing Homelessness will be led by Mark Dunkerley, Chief Strategy … Read More

Courage, Grief, and History in the Month of Pride

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Today, city, state, and federal officials gathered at the Stonewall Inn in New York City to officially dedicate it as the first national monument to lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) rights. “We’re going to remember the struggle, we’re going to … Read More

Youth Serving Youth in Harvard Square

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During their days as undergrads at Harvard, Sam Greenberg and Sarah Rosenkrantz worked at Harvard Square Homeless Shelter (HSHS), a student-run shelter for adults experiencing homelessness. During their time there, the two realized that the same services that existed for … Read More

Grief Has A Voice — And It’s Crying Out For Unity

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In the wake of the tragedy in Orlando, lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender Americans (and their allies) have been mourning, attempting to heal, and wondering what this means for the future. 2015 True Fellow Bentley Burdick spoke with people from across the country … Read More

True Fellows at Werk: Indie

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Indie Landrum is a young advocate from San Diego, and one of our 2016 True Fellows. He’s also totally awesome! Indie wrote about his experience at our True Fellowship training retreat for the California Coalition for Youth website. Check it … Read More

Statement from the True Colors Fund on the Tragic Events in Orlando

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Our hearts ache. All of us at the True Colors Fund are devastated by the tragic events that took place at Pulse nightclub in Orlando this weekend. We extend our love to the city of Orlando, to the families and … Read More

A Recap of the 2016 White House Policy Briefing on Youth Homelessness

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On Friday, June 3, 2016, leaders from across the country met at the White House to strategize solutions to prevent and end youth homelessness. Organized by the White House, True Colors Fund, and U.S. Interagency Council on Homelessness, the event brought … Read More

Are You Living On Your Own? Check Out This New Guide.

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Living independently and learning to support yourself as a young person can feel like a struggle for survival. On Our Own: A Survival Guide for Independent LGBTQ Youth is geared toward older teens and young adults forced to fend for … Read More

Human Rights Should Be for Everyone, Everywhere

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On this International Day Against Homophobia and Transphobia (#IDAHOT), the True Colors Fund stands with lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) folks from across the globe in declaring that housing is a human right. All people, regardless of their sexual … Read More

Treat Yourself to an AWESOME Provincetown Experience

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We’re honored to announce that we’re partnering with the Women Innkeepers of Provincetown on an awesome new campaign to build support for our work to end lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) youth homelessness. The Women Innkeepers of Provincetown will produce several events throughout the … Read More

“I’m Gonna Build Me a Gender-Neutral Outhouse…”

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Like many of you, we’ve been pretty upset over the recent string of anti-lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) laws being passed in states like North Carolina and Mississippi. Many of these laws target transgender citizens, making it illegal for … Read More

Over 98 Million People Reached on #40toNoneDay

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This is wild. Last year, we reached 17 million people online with our #40toNoneDay message. Our goal this year was 25 million. The second annual #40toNoneDay reached an estimated 98.5 million people online. On April 27, 2016, thousands of users across the … Read More

Why LGBT Youth Homelessness? Why Not All Youth?

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“Why should lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender youth get special treatment?” “Shouldn’t we be trying to end homelessness for all youth?” “Why segregate?” We get these sort of questions a lot. And we can’t blame folks for asking. After all, … Read More

Announcing the Most Comprehensive Resource on LGBT Youth Homelessness

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We’re excited and proud to announce the release of At the Intersections: a new in-depth look into homelessness among lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer/questioning (LGBTQ) youth. This resource is comprehensive guide for advocates, policy makers, service providers, and funders working to end … Read More

Shakespeare in Drag: The Gender-Bending Bard

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April 23rd is the birthday and death day of William Shakespeare, one of the most celebrated and influential authors in history. Most of us have read at least one of his plays in high school, and maybe even memorized a … Read More

Cyndi Lauper on Why We Need You This #40toNoneDay

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It’s an election year and there’s a lot of talk about what our nation’s priorities need to be for the next four to eight years. What we have to make sure is not forgotten is the epidemic of lesbian, gay, … Read More

How Nashville Threw A “Slumber Party” to Help Homeless Youth

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It’s a simple idea: To end LGBT youth homelessness, we need to know a thing or two about the young people we’re trying to reach. Demographic information like age, location, sexual orientation, gender identity and more is vital to ensure that youth services … Read More

3 Simple Reasons to Celebrate Transgender Visibility

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It’s the Transgender Day of Visibility! Observed every March 31, this day aims to bring attention to the accomplishments of transgender people, spread awareness about challenges facing the community, and act as a day of listening so that cisgender (aka non-transgender) folks might … Read More

To Rob, the Power of Giving Is in the Story

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When I first met Rob Mooney, he said something that stuck out to me… he said something along the lines of “giving is all about storytelling.” The way he spoke about fundraising and development was different in a way my … Read More

7 Young People to Pay Attention to in 2016

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We’ve been awaiting this day… Today, we’re proud to announce our 2016 True Fellows! Now in it’s second year, the True Fellowship program offers young people the unique opportunity to create, develop, and execute a six-month project to contribute to the ongoing … Read More

Meet the True Colors Fund’s New Renaissance Woman

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Just when you thought the True Colors Fund team couldn’t get any awesomer (yes, that’s a word), Selina Lee joins our staff! We’re so excited to welcome Selina as the True Colors Fund’s new Development and Operations Associate! Selina’s stellar communications skills, paired with … Read More

You Better Work! Social Work, That Is.

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It’s World Social Work Day! We’re taking today to celebrate the social workers on our team, as well as talk about what “social work” means to get a better idea of what it is these awesome people do! According to the … Read More

Help HUD Shape $33 Million in Youth Demonstration Grants

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We’re excited to share with you an invitation from the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) to help shape $33 million in youth demonstration grants: Last year, the federal government released the blueprint for a coordinated community response to preventing and … Read More

Nashville Kicks Off Citywide Effort to End Youth Homelessness

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We’re super excited for our friends in Nashville as they begin the planning process to end youth homelessness in their city! We were in town this week for the very first meeting to kick off the process, and we’d like to fill you in a … Read More

We’re Totally Geeking Out Over This White House Announcement

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In the lead up to the President’s historic visit to South by Southwest (SXSW) this week, The White House announced the launch of “The Opportunity Project,” a new effort to put public data and digital tools in the hands of communities … Read More

4 Transgender Heroes We Should Be Celebrating This International Women’s Day

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Today, we highlight four women who saw ways their communities could change to better the health and success of lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) women and men. Rather than accepting the status-quo or giving up on themselves or their communities, each of … Read More

Bathrooms Are Now Safer for Transgender New Yorkers

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Mayor @billdeblasio signs executive order requiring NYC agencies to ensure access to restrooms consistent with gender identity. #lgbt #40tonone #truecolorsfund A photo posted by True Colors Fund (@truecolorsfund) on Mar 7, 2016 at 11:24am PST Today, New York City Mayor … Read More

Marco is Taking Our Movement to the Next Level

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We’re fired up! Why, you ask? Because Marco Antonio Quiroga has joined our team as the True Colors Fund’s first ever Director of Public Policy! Marco’s abilities, experience, and insight will build upon our successes and further our commitment to giving lesbian, … Read More

My Queer Black Life Matters

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The following is a guest post by Jawanza James Williams, writer, advocate, and 2016 40 of the Forty honoree. I hear the voices of centuries past, singing in chorus, a language my tongue can never speak, but I feel it deep in … Read More

D’Angelo Morrison on Self Love and Fairy Tales

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Do you have a fairy tale dream of what your life will be like? Valentine’s Day is definitely a time for dreamers. It’s easy to get lost in thoughts of love and longing these days. And it’s usually a lot easier on … Read More

Christian Jackson on Love and The Burden of Passing

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Love it or hate it, February is the month of love. The flowers, chocolates, and mushy stuff can be nice when shared with someone special, but what Valentine’s Day really has to offer is the opportunity to reflect on relationships. It’s … Read More

What the Dickens Has Poverty Got to Do with Youth Homelessness?

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Oliver Twist… Great Expectations… A Christmas Carol… A Tale of Two Cities… Each of these works depicts the stories and struggles of the lower class. Each written by Charles Dickens, born 204 years ago this week. A pioneer of English … Read More

No More Spinning Our Wheels on Youth Homelessness

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If the Bill Murray references are feeling a little ubiquitous today, it’s because it’s Groundhog Day: the annual day during which we put the fate of the seasons into the paws of a woodchuck named Phil. In the 1993 classic of … Read More

Easiest Way to Register to Vote

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Today, the very first votes in the 2016 Presidential election will be cast, as Iowa voters decide who they wish to nominate in the Democratic and Republican primaries. Perhaps you already are registered to vote. If so, you rock! If you haven’t … Read More

Share the Love This Valentine’s Day

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Valentine’s Day is coming up and (if you’re like us at the True Colors Fund) that means celebrating the love we have in our lives and figuring out ways to share our love with others. Turn your Valentine’s Day into … Read More

How to Make A “Safe Space” Even Safer for LGBTQ Youth

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What makes a “Safe Space” safe? While stickers and signage are helpful, it goes deeper than that. Creating truly inclusive, affirming, and healthy environments for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer, and questioning (LGBTQ) young people requires intentionality and commitment from an entire … Read More

Canada’s First Shelter for LGBT Youth

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Sitting at 21 Walmer Rd in Toronto’s Annex neighborhood is a place uniquely Toronto – from its welcoming spirit to its historic architecture. But Sprott House‘s classic Annex-style is the least of its virtues. Part of the YMCA’s youth housing program, Sprott House is Canada’s first transitional … Read More

Meet the 2016 40 of the Forty

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40% of young people experiencing homelessness in America identify as lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer, or questioning (LGBTQ). When you consider the fact that LGBTQ youth make up just 7% of the general youth population, the discrepancy becomes clear. LGBTQ youth … Read More

Congress Dedicates $52.5 Million to Support Homeless Youth

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Friday, Congressional leaders passed and President Obama signed the FY 2016 omnibus spending bill, which funds all federal operations. We’re excited to announce that this budget bill designates approximately $52.5 million in new funding for work to address youth homelessness … Read More

7 Ways Our True Fellows Rocked 2015

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On April 8, 2015, seven young people touched down in Minneapolis, MN for a week of leadership and advocacy training. One two-hour drive later, they find themselves in peaceful Willow River at One Heartland’s sprawling campground, home to three lakes, … Read More

Help Create Stronger Protections for Transgender Youth

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Secretary Castro announces proposed Gender Identity RuleHUD’s new, proposed Gender Identity Rule would ensure transgender men and women seeking shelter receive the proper services that respect their identity. Learn more → hud.gov/lgbt Posted by Secretary Julián Castro on Friday, November … Read More

Formerly Homeless Youth: Experts of Their Own Experiences

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In order to end lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) youth homelessness, young people need to be part of crafting the solution. We’re so proud of our young friends Angel (2015 True Fellow and 40 of the Forty honoree) and Kal … Read More

For Lyssette, Art Means Having a Voice

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During this year’s Forty to None Summit, Lyssette Horne spoke on growing up a first generation American, her experiences with homelessness, and how art gave her the voice she’d been longing to hear. I’m an artist, I’m a filmmaker, and … Read More

Today is Transgender Day of Remembrance

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Transgender Day of Remembrance (#TDOR) is an international day held every November 20 to remember those who lost their lives to anti-transgender violence. Transgender Day of Remembrance was created by transgender advocate Gwendolyn Ann Smith to honor the memory of Rita Hester, a … Read More

Federal Government Proposes Stronger Protections for Transgender Folks in Shelters

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Secretary Castro announces proposed Gender Identity RuleHUD’s new, proposed Gender Identity Rule would ensure transgender men and women seeking shelter receive the proper services that respect their identity. Learn more → hud.gov/lgbt Posted by Secretary Julián Castro on Friday, November … Read More

Spend the Holidays in NYC with Cyndi Lauper!

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By donating just $10 or more, you’ll get the chance to meet Cyndi at this year’s Home for the Holidays concert in NYC, and then step on stage to introduce her before she performs to a crowd of over 2,800 people! … Read More

Get Your Home for the Holidays Tickets Now!

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We’re excited to announce that tickets for our 5th annual “Cyndi Lauper & Friends: Home for the Holidays” benefit concert are now on sale! On Saturday, December 5th at New York City’s Beacon Theatre, Cyndi will be joined on stage by Natasha … Read More

10 Ways to Get Involved During National Runaway Prevention Month

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National Runaway Prevention Month is spearheaded each year by our friends at the National Runaway Safeline (NRS) and National Network for Youth (NN4Y). The goals of National Runaway Prevention Month are two-fold: 1) To raise awareness of the runaway and homeless … Read More

Cyndi Lauper’s True Colors Fund Announces 5th Annual “Home for the Holidays” Benefit Concert Line-Up

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Star-Studded Concert to Raise Funds and Awareness for Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Youth Homelessness December 5th at New York’s Beacon Theatre November 2, 2015 [NEW YORK] – Cyndi Lauper’s True Colors Fund (www.truecolorsfund.org) today announced the lineup for its 5th … Read More

How Workplace Discrimination Impacts LGBT Youth Experiencing Homelessness

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Across the country, lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) Americans are vulnerable to discrimination in the workplace. Only 22 states in our country (plus Washington, D.C.) have state-level laws in place to protect employees from discrimination based on sexual orientation. Of those states, … Read More

Party With a Purpose This Halloween!

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Halloween is coming up and (if you’re like us as the True Colors Fund) that means it’s time for costume parties, pumpkin carving, and all kinds of fall festivities! Halloween is a time to have fun with family and friends, … Read More

Federal Report Calls for an End to Conversion Therapy

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Despite a mountain of evidence suggesting the immense damage that lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer/questioning (LGBTQ) conversion therapy can have on a young person, it remains legal in all but four states (California, New Jersey, Oregon, and Illinois) and Washington, D.C. Expert groups … Read More

Serving Youth in the Juvenile Justice System

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  Young people in the juvenile justice system are at a particular high risk of experiencing homelessness, with lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) youth being especially vulnerable. While LGBT youth make up about 7% of the general youth population, they account … Read More

Caught Under Glass: Coming Out Day is Every Day

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  On this past Sunday (October 11), Americans celebrated the freedom of living openly and raised their voices in support those who came out as lesbian, gay, bisexual, and/or transgender (LGBT) to loved ones. National Coming Out Day 2015 was a day bursting with love. For … Read More

October 19 is LGBT Center Awareness Day!

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Lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) community centers are instrumental in the effort to end LGBT youth homelessness. Across the country, centers support and empower over 40,000 people every week by offering needed social services, mental health counseling, cultural programs, recreational activities, libraries, educational programs, … Read More

October 11 is National Coming Out Day!

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For lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) young people, coming out is an important process. On October 11, people nationwide will celebrate loved ones as they come out, and together we will recognize the power of living openly. Opening up … Read More

A recap of the 3rd annual State of Out Youth

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On Thursday, September 24, 2015, the True Colors Fund hosted State of Out Youth: A Town Hall in partnership with CenterLink, GSA Network, the Human Rights Campaign Foundation, and Lambda Legal. State of Out Youth is a panel discussion with … Read More

A recap of the 2nd annual #40toNone Summit

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On September 24-25, 2015, True Colors Fund hosted the second annual Forty to None Summit, a national gathering on lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) youth homelessness! Before we get into our recap of the Summit, we want to share some … Read More

Kinky Boots and Raise You Up Go National to Give Youth the Theatre Experience

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Since its Broadway debut, the Tony-Award winning Best Musical Kinky Boots has been working with the True Colors Fund to give lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) young people who are at risk of or are experiencing homelessness opportunities to learn about career … Read More

Does Your Organization Support the Runaway and Homeless Youth Act?

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The Runaway and Homeless Youth and Trafficking Prevention Act is a vital piece of legislation that would reauthorize the Runaway and Homeless Youth Act (RHYA). RHYA is our nation’s only federal law that specifically funds vital services for youth experiencing homelessness. The … Read More

Fostering #RuralPride in Jackson, Mississippi

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In August, the LGBT Rural Summit Series dropped by Jackson, Mississippi, continuing its tradition of spreading information, federal policy updates, and messages of acceptance to rural America. The Jackson Free Press covered the event and its implications in a recent article: Ashlee Davis … Read More

M4D3 and True Colors Fund Reveal Shoe Collection Designed by Cyndi Lauper

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We’re excited to announce that M4D3‘s (Make A Difference Everyday) True Colors Collection is available now for presale! M4D3, a shoe and apparel company focused on creating social change, has partnered with our co-founder Cyndi Lauper to bring you a collection that both … Read More

40 of the Forty: Aubrey

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We got to know Aubrey a bit at last year’s State of Out Youth forum! In her 40 of the Forty interview, she shares a bit more about who she is and what she loves! Check it out: What do … Read More

40 of the Forty: Kiefer

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  Kiefer doesn’t like to spend his time idly. He’s a productive kind of guy. And the work he does is of the utmost importance. Serving others fulfills Kiefer, and he’s good at it! Learn more about Kiefer in his 40 of the … Read More

Caught Under Glass: Writing that Captivates

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An advocate from Montana, Bentley Burdick is a 2015 True Fellow, a writer, and an advocate for the lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer/questioning (LGBTQ) community and homeless youth population. His blog, ‘Caught Under Glass,’ is his community project for the … Read More

Why We Need to Celebrate Transgender Successes

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[This blog post originally appeared on our Give A Damn Campaign website.] When I read things like, “Why is the first openly transgender White House staffer news?” I want to shake people and yell, “WHY DON’T YOU UNDERSTAND?!” Because transgender success stories are … Read More

Washington DC Conducts Its First Count of Youth Experiencing Homelessness

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This week, Washington, D.C. is conducting its first-ever Point-In-Time (PIT) count of youth experiencing homelessness. The count, which runs from August 17-25, will help give the District an idea of the number of youth experiencing homelessness in the city, as … Read More

White House Appoints First Openly Transgender Staff Member

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Earlier today, the White House announced that it had appointed its first openly transgender staff member. Raffi Freedman-Gurspan, a former policy advisor at the National Center for Transgender Equality (NCTE), makes history as she begins her new position as Outreach and Recruitment Director … Read More

40 of the Forty: Cameron Patterson

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  Know who you are, know what you love, and go for it. The power of self-worth and self-encouragement is unmatched and unmistakable. Cameron knows this and puts it to use each and every day to achieve their goals, remain positive, … Read More

How Do You Like Our New Website?

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New website. New ways to get involved. We’re excited to announce to you the new and improved truecolorsfund.org! As you may have heard, we’re phasing out the Forty to None Project as a separate entity in order to simplify things a … Read More

Spreading #transTRUTH

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The True Colors Fund is proud to partner with Transgender Law Center and GSA Network to launch TRUTH, a national storytelling campaign that aims to build empathy, understanding, and a movement for transgender and gender non-conforming youth and their families … Read More

Seattle Mayor’s LGBTQ Action Plan to Impact Youth Experiencing Homelessness

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On Thursday, Seattle Mayor Ed Murray released an action plan to promote safety, acceptance, and inclusion for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and questioning (LGBTQ) people in Seattle. “Seattle has long been a place where everyone can find an accepting and … Read More

4 Things to Expect at the Forty to None Summit

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1.) Expect it to be challenging. Ending homelessness among lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) youth isn’t easy. It means doing hard work, having hard conversations, and collaborating with people across the board. The Forty to None Summit will push … Read More

40 of the Forty: Christian Aguilar

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Not only is Christian Aguilar one of our 40 of the Forty honorees, he’s also an inaugural True Fellow! Get to know Christian a little bit in the interview below, and meet the rest of the Fellows here! What is the … Read More

40 of the Forty: Karter

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Whether it’s through the work he does, or through a simple smile and greeting, Karter makes the lives of those around him better. Helping others is what Karter’s all about. And he’s really good at it! Get to know Karter … Read More

Announcing the New and Improved 40 to None Network

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We’re excited to announce that after a long, long, long wait, we’ve finally launched our 40 to None Network member portal! That means members can now log into our website, communicate with other professionals across the country, access important resources, and … Read More

Opening Doors 2015: Updates to the National Plan to End Homelessness

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Opening Doors: Federal Strategic Plan to Prevent and End Homelessness is our nation’s first-ever federal strategic plan to prevent end homelessness. Simply put, the plan acts as a blueprint by which the United States Interagency Council on Homelessness (USICH) and its … Read More

Exclusive presale announcement for Cyndi Lauper & Friends: Home for the Holidays

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Exciting news! Cyndi just announced that this year’s Cyndi Lauper & Friends: Home for the Holidays benefit concert will take place on Saturday, December 5 at the Beacon Theatre in New York City. As a special ‘thank you’ for your … Read More

What Happened to the Forty to None Project?

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After much consideration, we’ve begun phasing out the Forty to None Project as a separate entity. That means it’ll no longer have its own website, email list, or social media accounts. Don’t worry, we’re still the same team doing the same … Read More

Shoes to Make a Difference!

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If you’ve seen Kinky Boots, it should come as no surprise that our co-founder Cyndi Lauper is a fan of shoes. In collaboration with M4D3, Cyndi is joining her passion for shoes with her passion for equality by launching a … Read More

True Colors Fund Interviewed on SiriusXM OutQ Morning Jolt

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  On Tuesday, June 30, Sirius XM’s Larry Flick interviewed the True Colors Fund’s Deputy Executive Director Jama Shelton, LMSW, PhD, Program Officer Twiggy Pucci Garçon, and True Fellow Thomas Wilson on OutQ’s The Morning Jolt. Check it out! [soundcloud url=”https://api.soundcloud.com/tracks/212810208″ params=”auto_play=false&hide_related=false&show_comments=true&show_user=true&show_reposts=false&visual=true” … Read More

Supreme Court Rules for Marriage Equality Nationwide!

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Supreme Court rules that all Americans have the right to marry #LoveWins #SCOTUSMarriage http://t.co/ZTttGcfgAV pic.twitter.com/or3tcsxFlm — True Colors Fund (@TrueColorsFund) June 26, 2015 May 17, 2004: Massachusetts becomes the first U.S. state to legalize marriage equality. June 26, 2013: The … Read More

Ending Youth Homelessness Through Evidence & Action

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We’re excited to announce the launch of Voices of Youth Count! Led by Chapin Hall in collaboration with the True Colors Fund and partners across the country, Voices of Youth Count seeks both a reliable national estimate of youth homelessness … Read More

The True Colors Fund Celebrates Pride 2015!

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June is Pride Month, a time to celebrate living openly in one’s affirmed sexual orientation and gender identity. With the U.S. Supreme Court expected to make marriage equality the law of the land any day, Pride 2015 has been a … Read More

The True Colors Fund Welcomes Christa Price!

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The True Colors Fund is so excited to announce that Christa Price has joined our staff full time as Program and Development Officer! Since September of last year, Christa has shined in her role of Community Organizing Intern, playing an … Read More

From the Streets to the Stage: My Journey from Being Homeless to a College Graduate

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If you would’ve told me while I was living on the streets that one day I’d be a college graduate I would’ve taken you to be a bit ludicrous. I would’ve gently reminded you that kids like me don’t make … Read More

New Study Sheds Light on Problems Facing Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender Homeless Youth

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// Last year, we asked homeless youth service providers about the lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and questioning (LGBTQ) youth they work with, and the information they shared is important to consider as we work to end youth homelessness. We also … Read More

40 of the Forty: Rivianna Hyatt

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Rivianna Hyatt is an artist. And her artistic expression goes far beyond performance. Through her work in theater, she’s out to create a home for artists and audience members alike. Paired with her artistic vision is an insatiable inclination for … Read More

Give OUT Day 2015: Thank You!

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Friends, what can we say? Thank you so much for your support during this year’s Give OUT Day. You helped us raise over $5,000 for the effort to end lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) youth homelessness! Your belief in our … Read More

An Online Summit to Build Global Pride

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Attending a conference can be a great experience for learning, networking, and more – that is, if your schedule and wallet allow you to attend. As the first free online conference for lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) people and … Read More

Help Shape #OurTomorrow, Today.

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In the past decade, we’ve seen the number of states with marriage equality grow from one to 37. Representation of lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) people in media is higher than ever before. And polls are showing promising data on … Read More

Give OUT Day 2015: What a Difference $10 Can Make!

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Our voices are stronger when we say something together. That’s why we’re inviting you to join us on Thursday, May 21, 2015 for the third annual Give OUT Day, a national day of giving to support the gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgender community.

Announcing New Board Members and Leadership!

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Cyndi Lauper’s True Colors Fund is excited to announce the addition of Kevin Philip, Executive Vice President at Bel Air Investment Advisors LLC, and Tony Award winning actress and star of Grey’s Anatomy Sara Ramirez to the True Colors Fund Board of … Read More

Cyndi Lauper’s True Colors Fund Announces New Board Members and Leadership

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Contact: Gregory Lewis, 917-855-2533 [email protected] May 14, 2015 – Cyndi Lauper’s True Colors Fund is excited to announce the addition of Kevin Philip, Executive Vice President at Bel Air Investment Advisors LLC, and Tony Award winning actress … Read More

Celebrating Chosen Mothers This Mother’s Day

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This year, we’re celebrating Mother’s Day with Dominique Jackson aka Tyra Allure Ross. Tyra is the chosen mother of our very own Program Officer Twiggy Pucci Garcon. For many young people, being close with their biological family simply isn’t an option. Often times, youth will make the choice to create their own familial structure, or chosen family.

BreakOUT! Because Youth Deserve Better.

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BreakOUT! is a youth-led New Orleans organization dedicated to ending the criminalization of LGBTQ youth. True Colors Fund Deputy Executive Director Jama Shelton spoke with Outreach Coordinator Ja’Leah Shavers about BreakOUT!’s work, challenges, and successes.   What does BreakOUT! do?   BreakOUT! is … Read More

#Pizza4Equality: Love Overpowers All

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The past month has been a wild ride (in the best possible way) for the True Colors Fund and the people we work with and for. Like so many people, we were outraged at the passage of legislation in Indiana … Read More

An Advocacy and Public Policy Update

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  We’ve been doing a lot in Washington, D.C. lately – so here’s a quick update on what we’ve been up to, and where things stand: We’ve been working tirelessly to reauthorize the Runaway and Homeless Youth Act, our nation’s … Read More

A Recap of the First #40toNoneDay!

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On April 29, 2015, the True Colors Fund hosted the very first #40toNoneDay, a national day to raise awareness about lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) youth homelessness, and to provide supporters with simple ways to get involved. Throughout the … Read More

Today is #40toNoneDay!

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Today is the first ever #40toNoneDay, a national day to raise public awareness about lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) youth homelessness, and to give people simple ways to make a difference!

Washington Governor to Sign Legislation to Serve Homeless Youth

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Tomorrow (April 24, 2015), Washington Governor Jay Inslee will sign legislation into law to prevent and reduce youth and young adult homelessness in Washington state. The Homeless Youth Prevention and Protection Act (HYPP Act) passed through the state legislature with … Read More

U.S. Senate Fails to Reauthorize and Strengthen Programs for Homeless Youth

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April 22, 2015 – Today, the United States Senate failed to pass the Runaway and Homeless Youth and Trafficking Prevention Act (S.A. 290), which would reauthorize the Runaway and Homeless Youth Act (RHYA). The vote was 56 “YES” to 43 … Read More

U.S. Senate Fails to Reauthorize and Strengthen Programs for Homeless Youth

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Despite a majority of senators voting in favor of the Runaway and Homeless Youth and Trafficking Prevention Act, legislation falls short of 60-vote threshold to pass FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Contacts: Gregory Lewis, 917-855-2533, [email protected] Jama Shelton, 646-797-6107, [email protected] April 22, 2015 … Read More

The U.S. Senate Must Act Now to Protect ALL Youth Experiencing Homelessness

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This afternoon, the U.S. Senate will decide if it will reauthorize the Runaway and Homeless Youth Act, the nation’s only federal law that funds programs specifically for youth experiencing homelessness, and whether or not to include a non-discrimination clause that … Read More

Cyndi Lauper to U.S. Senate: Don’t Throw Out 40% of our Country’s Homeless Youth

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Cyndi Lauper has written an open letter to the US Senate urging them to reauthorize protections for homeless youth – complete with a non-discrimination clause for lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) youth.

True Colors Fund Applauds Introduction of Inclusive, Bipartisan Bill to Reauthorize the Runaway and Homeless Youth Act in the U.S. House of Representatives

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Contact: Gregory Lewis, 917-855-2533, [email protected] April 15, 2015 – Today, Congressman Dave Reichert (WA-8) and Congressman John Yarmuth (KY-3) introduced H.R. 1779, the Runaway and Homeless Youth and Trafficking Prevention Act, to reauthorize the Runaway and Homeless … Read More

Bill to Protect all Homeless Youth Introduced in U.S. House

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  Today, Congressman Dave Reichert (WA-8) and Congressman John Yarmuth (KY-3) introduced H.R. 1779, the Runaway and Homeless Youth and Trafficking Prevention Act, to reauthorize the Runaway and Homeless Youth Act (RHYA). The reauthorization recognizes the needs of all young … Read More

Meet the 2015 True Fellows!

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Back in February, we opened up the application process for our inaugural True Fellowship program – an initiative to offer young people the unique opportunity to create, develop, and execute a six-month project to contribute to the ongoing vision of … Read More

Celebrating Transgender Visibility Today and Every Day

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On this International Transgender Day of Visibility, we celebrate the lives of our transgender friends, family, and leaders – and recognize the courage it takes to live openly. We’re excited to hear from our friend Gia on what transgender visibility … Read More

Dear U.S. Senate: No One Has the Right to Discriminate.

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Some groups are actively lobbying to discriminate against the 40% of homeless youth who identify as identify as lesbian, gay, bisexual, or transgender. We can stop them.

40 of the Forty: Indie Landrum

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We often say that youth are the experts of their own experiences – so they should be involved in the efforts that serve them. Indie likes to say that “youth are qualified by experience.” We kinda like that even better. … Read More

Senators Leahy and Collins Bring RHYA Reauthorization to the Senate Floor

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Today, Senators Patrick Leahy (D-VT) and Susan Collins (R-ME) urged the Senate to reauthorize the Runaway and Homeless Youth Act (RHYA), our nation’s only federal law that specifically funds vital services for youth experiencing homelessness. The bipartisan reauthorization bill includes a … Read More

Don’t let the Senate Throw Away 40% of America’s Homeless Youth

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Our co-founder Cyndi Lauper is calling for federally funded protections for all youth experiencing homelessness – regardless of their sexual orientation or gender identity: “What kind of future do we have in store if we do not care for all … Read More

Check Out These Community Plans to Prevent LGBTQ Youth Homelessness

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We’re thrilled to announce the beginning stages of implementation of the LGBTQ Youth Homelessness Prevention Initiative, a first-of-its-kind effort to identify successful strategies to ensure that no young person is left without a home because of their sexual orientation or … Read More

Laying a Foundation of Faith and Family with FreedHearts

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  We met Susan and Rob Cottrell, founders of FreedHearts, at the Gay Christian Network Conference back in January. FreedHearts works to support Christian parents of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer/questioning (LGBTQ) children, and offer them resources to “help parents reconcile … Read More

40 of the Forty: Ryan

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One word to describe Ryan would be “aware.” Ryan is acutely aware of where he’s been, where he is currently, and where he wants to be. He’s aware of his dreams, how they’re informed by the experiences he’s had, and how to overcome the obstacles he may encounter while chasing them.

Announcing New Initiative to Prevent LGBTQ Youth Homelessness

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We’re thrilled to announce today the beginning stages of implementation of the LGBTQ Youth Homelessness Prevention Initiative, a first-of-its-kind effort to identify successful strategies to ensure that no young person is left without a home because of their sexual orientation or gender identity.

U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development Partners with the True Colors Fund to Prevent LGBTQ Youth Homelessness

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Contact: Jama Shelton Tel: (646) 797-6107 Email: [email protected] Initiative Underway in Hamilton County, OH and Harris County, TX WASHINGTON D.C., February 6, 2015 – Today, the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) and the True … Read More

40 of the Forty: Rocky Ferguson

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Rocky is constantly trying to better himself. He dreams big, loves life and himself, and has a positive outlook that’s absolutely contagious. Being around him, you just can’t help but feel good about the future.

40 of the Forty: Cynthia

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It’s easy to doubt yourself… to feel weak, lost, or unprepared to handle the curveballs life often throws. We’d be lying if we said it’s always easy to overcome such doubts. But there is strength to be found in overcoming adversity, and pride to gain in surmounting obstacles. Cynthia knows this, and offers up some advice in her 40 of the Forty interview!

Inclusive Bipartisan Legislation Reintroduced to Protect Youth Experiencing Homelessness

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Today, Senator Patrick Leahy (D-VT) and Senator Susan Collins (R-ME) reintroduced bipartisan legislation to provide vital services to youth experiencing homelessness.

40 of the Forty: Stefhannie-Josephine

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Stefhannie-Josephine is eloquent, perceptive, and clear-minded. She speaks from the heart, but her words come with a certain thoughtfulness that demonstrates she has the insight and experience to back them up.

40 of the Forty: Jacob

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Jacob’s life isn’t the “cookie cutter” life one might expect. But that doesn’t get him down. To Jacob, experiencing challenges and hardship doesn’t mean having to give up.

Providing a “Bridge for Youth” in Minnesota

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Kristan Clow is the Youth and Community Outreach Manager at The Bridge for Youth, a Minneapolis-based organization that serves youth experiencing homelessness. Emily Dunn, our Program Associate, spoke with Kristan about the work The Bridge is doing for youth in Minnesota. … Read More

Protecting Youth in Our Nation’s Capital

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You may have heard the recent story about Leelah Alcorn, a 17-year old girl of transgender experience, who ended her life in December. In her suicide note (which she posted to Tumblr), Leelah said that her parents refused to accept … Read More

Join Us for a PIT Count Tweet-Up!

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Who? You! What? An online discussion on how you can make your youth count the best it can be! Where? Twitter! When? Tuesday, January 27 from 2pm – 3pm ET. How? Simply mention the hashtag #40toNone in your tweet to … Read More

40 of the Forty: Keegan

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Keegan has big dreams. And we’re not talking about the kind you have when you sleep (though he has those, too). No, we’re talking about goals… aspirations… ambitions.

40 of the Forty: Anton

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Anton loves life. But we don’t need to tell you that. It’s apparent in the way he speaks, spends his time, and in the energy with which he pursues his goals. Whether it’s through art, conversation, volunteering, or simply joking around, Anton wants to make you smile. The thing is, he’s so good at it.

True Youth Count Toolkit

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We all have a role in ending youth homelessness, and we can all take an active role in making sure all youth are counted! Youth are a unique group, with a particular set of experiences and survival strategies that require … Read More

40 of the Forty: AC

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AC is many things (a singer, a student, a social activist) and AC is in many places (Santa Cruz, Los Angeles, and Spain, to name a few). It’d be an understatement to say she is driven.

Nashville’s Launch Pad for Street-Free Sleep

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Pam Sheffer is the Just Us Program Director at the Oasis Center in Nashville, Tennessee. She also spearheads Launch Pad. Our Community Organizing Intern Christa Price spoke with Pam about this initiative and the effect it’s having on the lives of … Read More

40 of the Forty: Daniella Carter

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Daniella Carter’s alarm rings. She wakes up, checks her phone for updates on the different projects she’s involved in, and begins her daily affirmations:

“I’m beautiful, I’m educated, I’m free of depression.”

True Views: Youth Advocate Daniella Carter on Transgender Day of Remembrance and more!

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// Post by True Colors Fund. Every year, we set aside November 20 as a day to remember and commemorate our transgender friends and family members who lost their lives due to violence and rejection. This year’s International Transgender Day … Read More

Light a Candle for All Homeless Youth.

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We’re excited to announce that we’re partnering with Covenant House International on their Candlelight Vigil to Honor All Homeless Youth! On Thursday, November 20th from 6 to 7 pm, young people and supporters will gather in Times Square (43 St … Read More

True Colors Fund and Covenant House International Announce Groundbreaking Partnership

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Today, the True Colors Fund and Covenant House International, the largest network of shelters for homeless youth across North and Central America, announced a groundbreaking partnership to ensure safe, inclusive, and affirming beds for the disproportionate number of lesbian, gay, … Read More

Gay and Transgender Youth Homelessness Is Not an Us/Them Issue

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On September 30, the True Colors Fund held the first Forty to None Summit, a national gathering to discuss and strategize ways to end lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender youth homelessness. It was fantastic! At this point, many of us have … Read More

Cyndi Lauper to be Honored by the ACLU of Southern California

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We’re proud to announce that our co-founder Cyndi Lauper is being honored by the ACLU of Southern California on Sunday, November 9 at their annual “Bill of Rights Dinner” for her work with the True Colors Fund to end gay … Read More

Recap of the Second Annual State of Out Youth: A Town Hall

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On October 27, 2014 at The Scholastic Auditorium in New York City, the True Colors Fund, The Trevor Project, Lambda Legal, the Human Rights Campaign Foundation, and GLSEN partnered to host the second annual State of Out Youth, a panel … Read More

Young Voices to be Heard at Second Annual State of Out Youth: A Town Hall

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Tonight (October 27) at at 7pm, the True Colors Fund, The Trevor Project, Lambda Legal, the Human Rights Campaign Foundation, and GLSEN are teaming up to host the second annual State of Out Youth at The Scholastic Auditorium in New York City. … Read More

Study Gives Data and Clarity to the Effort to #EndYouthHomelessness

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Youth homelessness is often referred to as an “invisible issue.” Young people experiencing homelessness often don’t “appear” homeless, and few are quick to stand up and announce their housing status. In order to address youth homelessness, we need a clear … Read More

On 40 Years of the Runaway and Homeless Youth Act: Politics Shouldn’t Matter

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By: Cyndi Lauper Today, I was in Washington, D.C. to talk about an issue that should matter to all of us. I was there to celebrate the 40th Anniversary of the Runaway and Homeless Youth Act (RHYA), our nation’s only … Read More

Cyndi Lauper’s True Colors Fund Announces Annual “Home for the Holidays” Benefit Concert

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Cyndi Lauper’s True Colors Fund today announced the 4th annual “Cyndi Lauper & Friends: Home for the Holidays” benefit concert on Saturday, December 6th at New York City’s historic Beacon Theatre to help raise awareness about lesbian, gay, bisexual, and … Read More

Announcing the 4th Annual Cyndi Lauper & Friends: Home for the Holidays

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The True Colors Fund today announced the 4th annual “Cyndi Lauper & Friends: Home for the Holidays” benefit concert on Saturday, December 6th at New York City’s historic Beacon Theatre to help raise awareness about lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender … Read More

The Time is Now to #EndYouthHomelessness

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On September 30, the True Colors Fund hosted the first ever Forty to None Summit, a national gathering to discuss and strategize ways to end lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender youth homelessness. The summit welcomed leading advocates, service providers, funders, government … Read More

What Jesse Helt Can Teach Us About Homelessness

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By now, you’ve probably heard of Jesse Helt, the young man who accepted the 2014 Video Music Award (VMA) for Video of the Year on Miley Cyrus’s behalf, stating: “I am accepting this award on behalf of the 1.6 million … Read More

Spotlight on One Heartland

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Those of us who went to camp in our youth understand that it’s more than just kickball and campfires, no matter how many s’mores one might have eaten (too many). Some of my fondest memories, and all of my best … Read More

A Recap of the First-Ever Forty to None Summit

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On September 30, 2014, the True Colors Fund brought people together from across the country for the very first Forty to None Summit, a first of its kind cross-sector discussion on gay and transgender youth homelessness. Held at the beautiful and … Read More

A Recap of the LGBT Rural Summit in Wayne, NE

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On September 19, 2014, we partnered with the US Department of Agriculture and the National Center for Lesbian Rights in Wayne, N.E. on the third stop of the LGBT Rural Summit series. Hosted by Wayne State College, the summit featured … Read More

Runaway and Homeless Youth and Trafficking Prevention Act Moves to Full Senate Vote

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Legislation to reauthorize the Runaway and Homeless Youth Act (RHYA) cleared the Senate Judiciary Committee today (15-3) with bipartisan support, moving the bill forward to a full Senate vote.

Runaway and Homeless Youth and Trafficking Prevention Act Moves to Full Senate Vote

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Contact: Patrick Phillippi, 202.748.2793, [email protected] Legislation protects the nation’s most vulnerable youth.  September 18, 2014 – Legislation to reauthorize the Runaway and Homeless Youth Act (RHYA) cleared the Senate Judiciary Committee today (15-3) with bipartisan support, moving … Read More

Society for Research on Adolescence Spotlights Jama Shelton

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Forty to None Project Director Jama Shelton has been featured in the Society for Research on Adolescence‘s (SRA) Emerging Scholar Spotlight. Through the spotlight, SRA brings attention to students and new professionals working on issues relating to adolescence. Much of Jama’s spotlight … Read More

True Colors Fund Executive Director Named to Prestigious NonProfit Times’ Power & Influence Top 50 List for Second Consecutive Year

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We’re so proud to announce that our Executive Director Gregory Lewis, has been named as one of the NonProfit Times’ 2014 Power and Influence Top 50. Gregory is honored among the top 50 executives making an impact in the nonprofit … Read More

A Recap of the 2014 National Conference on Ending Homelessness

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From July 29-31, 2014, we were in Washington, DC for the National Alliance to End Homelessness (NAEH)’s 2014 National Conference on Ending Homelessness. It was an exciting and educational week, to say the least, with keynote speeches from First Lady Michelle Obama, … Read More

Jama Shelton Named to National Technical Expert Group

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We’re excited to announce that Forty to None Project Director Jama Shelton has been named to serve on the National Technical Expert Group for LGBTQ Transitional Living Programs – a project funded by the U.S. Department of Health and Human … Read More

Bipartisan Legislation Introduced To Protect Most Vulnerable Youth

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Today, Senators Patrick Leahy (D-VT) and Susan Collins (R-ME) introduced the Runaway and Homeless Youth and Trafficking Prevention Act (SB 2646). This bipartisan legislation reauthorizes and strengthens the Runaway and Homeless Youth Act (RHYA), the only federal law that funds … Read More

True Colors Fund Applauds Inclusive, Bipartisan Effort To Reauthorize the Runaway and Homeless Youth Act

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Today, Senator Patrick Leahy (D-VT) and Senator Susan Collins (R-ME) introduced S.2646, the Leahy-Collins Runaway and Homeless Youth and Trafficking Prevention Act, to reauthorize the Runaway and Homeless Youth Act (RHYA), which expires September 30, 2014. The reauthorization recognizes the needs of all youth, including gay and transgender youth experiencing homelessness. While gay and transgender youth comprise only five to seven percent of our total youth population, they comprise up to 40% of all homeless youth in America.

A Good Man: Rebuilding a Family

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When Bryan’s dad found out his son was gay, he cut Bryan out of the family and kicked him out. Now a grown man, Bryan met up with his brother Mike to talk about what it was like to reconnect … Read More

Minneapolis Support Group Asks, “So What If I Am?”

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Since 1970, The Bridge for Youth in Minneapolis has been providing much needed services to local at-risk youth between the ages of 10 and 17. Each year, about 1000 youth are provided with emergency services, transitional housing, youth and family counseling, … Read More

The Nation’s First-Ever Transgender and Gender Non-Conforming Best Practices Guide

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We are excited to highlight the nation’s first-ever Transgender and Gender Non-Conforming (TGNC) best practices guide, for children and youth involved in the child welfare, detention, and juvenile justice systems. Safe & Respected was created by the New York City … Read More

A Recap of the LGBT Rural Summit in Lost River, WV

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On July 11, 2014, we partnered with the US Department of Agriculture and the National Center for Lesbian Rights in Lost River, W.V. on the second stop of the LGBT Rural Summit series. Throughout the day, we heard from panelists … Read More

Meet the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender Leaders Who Used to Be Homeless

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Lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender youth make up 40% of the homeless youth population in America. But what happens when they grow up? In a special series from The Advocate, our friend Sassafras Lowrey and our very own Forty to None Project Director Jama Shelton explore this question by interviewing leaders in the movement who once experienced homelessness themselves.

Next Stop in the #RuralPride Summit Series: Lost River, WV

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The True Colors Fund is partnering with the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA), Office of the Assistant Secretary of Civil Rights to host a lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) summit as part of the #RuralPride Campaign in Lost River, July 11.

This is a Game-Changer

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I’m very excited to announce that the True Colors Fund is a recipient of a $125,000 grant from the Arcus Foundation in support our Forty to None Project. Simply put, this is a game-changer for us. Cyndi Lauper, our co-founder, … Read More

The Tumbleweed Program: Serving Montana’s Underserved

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The Tumbleweed Runaway Program is a community agency based in Billings, Montana that serves runaway, homeless, and at-risk youth and their families. These services range from shelter to crisis counseling for youth and families to public advocacy. Many local lesbian, … Read More

A Recap of the WorldPride Human Rights Conference 2014

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The WorldPride Human Rights Conference 2014 took place on June 25-27, 2014 at University College, University of Toronto. Forty to None Project Director Jama Shelton was there to talk about our holistic approach to ending gay and transgender youth homelessness. … Read More

Homeless to Hero: Shahera Hyatt

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In a special Pride Month series from The Advocate, our friend Sassafras Lowrey and our very own Forty to None Project Director Jama Shelton speak with gay and transgender leaders about how experiencing homelessness as young people has affected and informed their lives and work. … Read More

Van Gogh Vodka Gives a Damn About Equality With Continued Support for the True Colors Fund

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Since 2011, Van Gogh Vodka has been a loyal supporter of the True Colors Fund. From their “Cocktails without Prejudice” campaign, to their “Celebrity T-Shirt Initiative,” to participating in our online auction, Van Gogh has created a sustained and consistent campaign … Read More

Homeless to Hero: Twiggy Garçon

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In a special Pride Month series from The Advocate, our friend Sassafras Lowrey and our very own Forty to None Project Director Jama Shelton speak with gay and transgender leaders about how experiencing homelessness as young people has affected and … Read More

Homeless to Hero: Morgan Keenan

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In a special Pride Month series from The Advocate, our friend Sassafras Lowrey and our very own Forty to None Project Director Jama Shelton speak with gay and transgender leaders about how experiencing homelessness as young people has affected and informed their lives and work. … Read More

Redefining Home

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When thinking about June, many in the LGBTQ community think: Pride Month! June is Pride Month, commemorating the Stonewall Riots of June 1969 – a tipping point for the Gay Liberation Movement in the United States. It’s an important time … Read More

Documentary as an Educational Tool

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Much like family, home looks different to each and every one of us. Home may be a friend, a place, a couch, or even a memory. The Homestretch, a documentary premiering this weekend in New York City and in the … Read More

Meet the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender Leaders Who Used to Be Homeless

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Gay and transgender youth make up 40% of the homeless youth population in America. But what happens when they grow up? In a special Pride month series from The Advocate, our friend Sassafras Lowrey and our very own Forty to None … Read More

A Recap of the LGBT Rural Summit in Greensboro, NC

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On June 6, 2014, we partnered with the US Department of Agriculture and the National Center for Lesbian Rights in Greensboro, N.C. on the first stop of the LGBT Rural Summit series. Through an array of panels, presentations, and discussions … Read More

A Recap of the 2014 National Health Care for the Homeless Annual Conference

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From May 28-30, 2014, attendees accessed dozens of accredited workshops, professional networking opportunities, engaging presentations, rejuvenating social encounters, and inspiring plenary sessions with federal officials and leaders in the HCH field. You can join the conversation on twitter using #HCHNOLA. … Read More

Dream It, Speak It, Do It: Working Together in Chicago

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“I can’t say who I am unless you agree I’m real.” I always use that quote by Amiri Baraka to when speaking to folks about the issue of LGBT youth homelessness. This is something that the community of Chicago is … Read More

Forty to None Project Director Jama Shelton Featured in NYC Pride Guide

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Our very own Forty to None Project Director Jama Shelton is featured in this year’s NYC Pride Guide, which celebrates the 45th anniversary of the Stonewall riots.

Announcing the Rural Summit Series

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Contrary to widely held myths that the lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender community is largely living in affluent metropolitan areas, studies show a very different and more realistic picture. For a number of reasons, many gay and transgender people choose to live, … Read More

Join us for the New York premiere of The Homestretch

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The True Colors Fund is proud to be a presenting partner of The Homestretch at the Human Rights Watch Film Festival!

It’s Foster Care Month!

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Earlier this month, I attended an event by the Family Equality Council to see Dr. Gary Mallon receive an award for his groundbreaking work with lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) youth in the child welfare system.  The person who … Read More

You Gotta Believe!

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For older children and youth in the foster care system, chances of adoption can be slim. After aging out of the foster care system, many youth and young adults find themselves on the streets or in a shelter. Our friends … Read More

Christian Defines ‘Family’ for Us.

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We reached out to Christian, one of the panelists from State of Out Youth and asked him: “What is family?”  Here is what he had to say: What family looks like to me is a loving household built with trust and discipline, with … Read More

Give OUT Day 2014 Was a Success – Thanks to YOU!

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Thanks to you, the True Colors Fund placed first on Give OUT Day’s New York City leaderboard and raised over $22,000!

Give OUT Day 2014: It’s a Win-Win!

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You care about equality. That’s why you’re here. Whether you’re a full-time activist or a supporter on the side, we’re all a part of this movement. That’s why the True Colors Fund invites you to join us for Give OUT … Read More

Meet Emily Dunn, Forty to None Project Intern

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Here at the Forty to None Project, we’ve been very lucky to have a super cool, dedicated, and smart social work intern working with us for the past eight months. Emily is finishing up a Master’s degree at the Hunter … Read More

Too Many Cooks Spoil the Broth? Not So!

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The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services proposed new rules that impact the way our government serves runaway and homeless youth. For the first time, the proposed rules directly reference sexual orientation and gender identity and expression –  and they are … Read More

Let’s Dish: The Youth Perspective

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We asked Paulina: What is the most important visible sign of inclusion or visible way to communicate LGBTQ acceptance that youth look for in a program, classroom, etc. and why?  Here’s what she had to say: I believe that the … Read More

Youth Go Behind-the-Scenes at Kinky Boots on Broadway

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This past week, we were joined by some extraordinary young people for our Raise You Up Community Youth program in partnership with Kinky Boots on Broadway!

What We Won’t Stand For

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As a team of individuals dedicated to advancing equality, the True Colors Fund staff is proud to stand with Cyndi and partner with the USA Network to send a message that we won’t stand for any type of hate or disparity.

A Recap of the 2014 National Summit on Youth Homelessness

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The first National Summit on Youth Homelessness, hosted by the National Network for Youth, was a 2-day event that focused on the urgent and unique needs of homeless youth in America and the federal response that is needed . Join … Read More

How Can We Be All-Inclusive?

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What does it mean to be truly inclusive and affirming? This is a question that many folks face when working with LGBTQ youth. Whether one is providing direct care, health care services, referrals, advocacy, or support for LGBTQ young people, … Read More

Where We’ll Be

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We make it a priority to connect with people working on the issue of lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender youth homelessness around the country by conducting site visits so we can better understand the landscape of youth homelessness in different … Read More

True Colors Fund Partners with USA Network on Characters Unite

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The True Colors Fund is proud to partner with USA Network on Characters Unite. Check out the newest PSA featuring our co-founder Cyndi Lauper!

Will You Be America’s Next Top ‘Model’?

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On February 8th, the LGBTQ Homeless Youth Reform Act of 2014 was passed! The Reform Act addresses gaps in serving lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and questioning youth experiencing homelessness in Washington, DC. as well invests in programs to meet their … Read More

What’s a Library Got to Do, Got to Do With It?

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Be a visible advocate within the community for LGBT youth experiencing homelessness. Train library staff on creating inclusive and affirming spaces for LGBT youth, and to understand the unique needs and experiences of LGBT youth experiencing homelessness. Create a system … Read More

Have a Question? Let’s Dish!

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We are excited to introduce our new advice column, Let’s Dish. Have a question related to LGBT youth homelessness? Looking to connect with someone doing similar work to discuss specific programs or strategies? What is Let’s Dish? Making connections is what … Read More

Looking back at 2013

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Thanks to your support, the True Colors Fund experienced significant growth in 2013! Here’s a look at some of last year’s highlights.

Count LGBTQ Youth Because LGBTQ Youth Count!

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What is a PIT count? The Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) requires Continuums of Care (CoCs) to count the number of people experiencing homelessness in the geographic area that they serve through a Point-in-Time count (PIT). The PIT … Read More

Think Point-in-Time Counts Are Pointless? Think Again.

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Bobbie Ibarra, Executive Director of the Miami Coalition for the Homeless, and Carla Silva, Executive Director of The Alliance for GLBTQ Youth, are members of iCount Miami and leaders in their communities. We spoke with Bobbie and Carla about the … Read More

28th Annual Night of A Thousand Gowns to Benefit the True Colors Fund

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Join us on Saturday, March 29, 2014 at the New York Marriott Marquis for the 28th annual Night of a Thousand Gowns, hosted by the Imperial Court of New York!

Provider Spotlight: The Night Ministry

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While planning an intensive training on creating inclusive and affirming environments for transgender and gender non-conforming staff for The Night Ministry in Chicago, IL, I caught myself saying to a colleague: “Even though this organization has roots in the faith … Read More

True Colors Fund’s Forty to None Project Launches Professional Network

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The Forty to None Network aims to connect broad range of professionals working to address
homelessness among lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender youth

Announcing the Forty to None Network

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The True Colors Fund is excited to announce the launch of our newest initiative: the Forty to None Network, a collective of individuals who are working to address lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) youth homelessness, or whose work has the … Read More

Cast of the Tony-Award Winning Musical “Kinky Boots” Joins Composer Cyndi Lauper for a “Kinky Kabaret” to Benefit the True Colors Fund

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Kinky Boots producers Daryl Roth and Hal Luftig, along with the True Colors Fund, announced today that cast members from Kinky Boots will join the show’s Tony Award-winning composer Cyndi Lauper for a special one-night-only True Colors Cabaret.

Cyndi Lauper’s True Colors Fund Announces 3rd Annual “Home for the Holidays” Benefit Concert

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Cyndi Lauper’s True Colors Fund today announced the 3rd annual “Cyndi Lauper & Friends: Home for the Holidays” benefit concert on Saturday, December 7th at New York City’s historic Beacon Theatre to help raise awareness about lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender youth homelessness and funds for the organization’s Forty to None Project.

Announcing the very first State of Out Youth forum

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The True Colors Fund is proud to partner with the New York Times GLBT & Allies Network, GLSEN, the Human Rights Campaign Foundation, and The Trevor Project on the first ever “State of Out Youth,” a town hall to be … Read More

State of Out Youth: A Town Hall” Hosted by The New York Times GLBT & Allies Network

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The True Colors Fund teams up with the New York Times GLBT & Allies Network, GLSEN, the Human Rights Campaign Foundation, and The Trevor Project to host “State of Out Youth: A Town Hall,” on October 8 at 7 p.m.

True Colors Fund Executive Director Named to Prestigious NonProfit Times’ Power & Influence Top 50 List

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We’re thrilled to announce that our executive director, Gregory Lewis, has been named one of the NonProfit Times’ 2013 Power and Influence Top 50 for his impact in the nonprofit world. Our co-founder, Cyndi Lauper, released the following statement: I’m … Read More

Cyndi Lauper’s True Colors Fund Executive Director Named to Prestigious NonProfit Times’ Power & Influence Top 50 List

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Contact: Sarah Kennedy [email protected] August 5, 2013 – The True Colors Fund’s Executive Director, Gregory Lewis, has been named as one of the NonProfit Times’ 2013 Power and Influence Top 50. Lewis is honored among the top … Read More

Cyndi Lauper’s True Colors Fund Applauds Introduction of Runaway and Homeless Youth Inclusion Act

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The True Colors Fund applauds new legislation introduced today by U.S. Representative Gwen Moore (D-WI), and co-sponsored by U.S. Representative Mark Pocan (D-WI). The Runaway and Homeless Youth Inclusion Act aims to protect lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) youth … Read More

Cyndi Lauper’s True Colors Fund Applauds Introduction of 
Runaway and Homeless Youth Inclusion Act

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Contact: Sarah Kennedy [email protected] Cyndi Lauper’s True Colors Fund Applauds Introduction of Runaway and Homeless Youth Inclusion Act Legislation would make it possible for most vulnerable youth to be protected August 1, 2013 – The True Colors … Read More

Cyndi Lauper on U.S. Supreme Court Marriage Equality Rulings

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For Immediate Distribution June 26, 2013 CYNDI LAUPER ON U.S. SUPREME COURT MARRIAGE EQUALITY RULINGS NEW YORK – The following is a statement by Cyndi Lauper, co-founder of the True Colors Fund, on today’s marriage equality rulings by the United States … Read More

Cyndi Lauper on U.S. Supreme Court Marriage Equality Rulings

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Our co-founder Cyndi Lauper has released the following statement on today’s marriage equality rulings by the United States Supreme Court: History has been made today and justice has prevailed. To all of you who have been waiting on the sidelines for … Read More

One Heartland and True Colors Fund Expand Program for At-Risk Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender Youth

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One Heartland and the True Colors Fund today announce an expanded partnership offering a “Camp True Colors” summer camp experience for at-risk lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender youth in Minnesota, June 19-23. “LGBT youth face their own set of challenges, and … Read More

Our Approach to Ending Homelessness for Gay and Transgender Youth

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When I tell people that the True Colors Fund’s Forty to None Project is working to end homelessness among lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) young people, I am most often met with: “So… how are you going to do … Read More

Building a National Movement to End Gay and Transgender Youth Homelessness

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I heard a version of this line many times during my nine years providing social services to young people experiencing homelessness in New York. To generations of parents and schoolteachers, it may sound like the petulant refrain of a rebellious … Read More

Cyndi Lauper’s True Colors Fund Names Jama Shelton as Director of its Forty to None Project

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For Immediate Distribution February 20, 2013 Contact: Laura Rodriguez, [email protected], (310) 956-2425 Donald Gatlin, [email protected], (202) 587-2871 CYNDI LAUPER’S TRUE COLORS FUND NAMES JAMA SHELTON AS DIRECTOR OF ITS FORTY TO NONE PROJECT Selects leading expert and practitioner to address … Read More

Cyndi Lauper’s True Colors Fund Names Jama Shelton as Director of Its Forty to None Project

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True Colors Fund co-founder Cyndi Lauper and executive director Gregory Lewis announced the appointment of Jama Shelton as the new director of the fund’s Forty to None Project. Launched in June 2012, the Forty to None Project is the first … Read More

Cyndi Lauper Launches Forty to None Project During the New York City Pride March

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This week’s episode of Cyndi Lauper: Still So Unusual on WE tv follows Cyndi as she launches our Forty to None Project during last summer’s New York City Pride March.

Cyndi Lauper and the Forty to None Project Visit with Leaders on Capitol Hill

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This week’s episode of Cyndi Lauper: Still So Unusual follows Cyndi, the Forty to None Project, and partner organizations the Human Rights Campaign, Center for American Progress, and National Alliance to End Homelessness to Capitol Hill to advocate on behalf … Read More

Forty to None Project Featured on This Week’s Episode of Cyndi Lauper: Still So Unusual!

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Cyndi Lauper: Still So Unusual follows the True Colors Fund and Forty to None Project co-founder through her “struggle of the juggle” of being a rock star, mother, wife, Broadway composer, New York Times bestselling author, and philanthropist. This season … Read More

Cyndi Lauper’s New Reality Series on We TV Provides a Voice for Gay and Transgender Homeless Youth

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Cyndi Lauper: Still So Unusual will feature the journey Cyndi and her True Colors Fund took last summer to launch the Forty to None Project.

Cyndi Lauper Joins HUD to Spotlight Local Efforts to End Homelessness Through One-Night Homeless Counts

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The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, the True Colors Fund’s Forty to None Project, and Cyndi Lauper are joining the effort to “Make Everyone Count.”

Cyndi Lauper Joins HUD to Spotlight Local Efforts to End Homelessness Through One-Night Homeless Counts

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The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development and Grammy Award-winning singer and songwriter Cyndi Lauper are joining the effort to “Make Everyone Count,” a national campaign to support local one-night counts of homeless persons and families. Cyndi Lauper and … Read More

Cyndi Lauper’s Rolling Stone Op-Ed: “There’s Too Much at Stake to Simply Tune This Out”

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True Colors Fund co-founder Cyndi Lauper discusses the impact of the ‘fiscal showdown’ on gay and transgender homeless youth via her op-ed in Rolling Stone.

Cyndi Lauper’s True Colors Fund Announces 2nd Annual “Home For The Holidays” Benefit Concert

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The 2nd annual “Cyndi Lauper & Friends: Home for the Holidays” benefit concert will take place on Saturday, December 8th at New York City’s historic Beacon Theatre to help raise awareness about gay and transgender youth homelessness and funds for the Forty to None Project.

Announcing Ballets with a Twist in Support of the True Colors Fund

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Join us for an Intoxicating Evening of Ballet to benefit the True Colors Fund with an intimate performance of “True Colors” by our co-founder Cyndi Lauper.

94% of Homeless Youth Service Providers Report Serving LGBT Youth

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A comprehensive report was released today on lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) youth homelessness by The Palette Fund, True Colors Fund, and the Williams Institute showing that nearly all homeless youth service providers serve LGBT youth.

94% Of Homeless Youth Service Providers Report Serving LGBT Youth

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PRESS RELEASE – FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE July 11, 2012 Contact: Laura Rodriguez, [email protected], (310) 956-2425 Manny Rivera, [email protected], 323-892-2080 Gary Gates, Williams Distinguished Scholar, [email protected], (202) 257-6400 Laura E. Durso, Williams Institute Public Policy Fellow, [email protected] 94% OF HOMELESS YOUTH SERVICE … Read More

Video: Cyndi Lauper Discusses the Forty to None Project on CNN

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Forty to None Project co-founder Cyndi Lauper appeared on CNN Saturday morning and talked to Randi Kaye about our launch and the need for everyone to get involved in helping gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender homeless youth. Watch her interview … Read More

Media Alert: Cyndi Lauper to Appear on Starting Point with Soledad O’Brien

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Forty to None Project co-founder Cyndi Lauper will appear on Starting Point with Soledad O’Brien tomorrow morning, June 28th, during the 8 am ET hour. Cyndi will discuss the launch of Forty to None and the impact that homelessness has … Read More

Cyndi Lauper’s True Colors Fund Launches National Organization to Raise Awareness Around Gay and Transgender Youth Homelessness

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Forty to None Project, the First of its Kind, Will Educate and Engage the Public to Support Homeless LGBT Youth NEW YORK – Tomorrow, Grammy and Emmy award-winning artist and advocate Cyndi Lauper will launch the Forty to None Project, … Read More

True Colors Fund to Launch National Organization to Raise Awareness Around Gay and Transgender Youth Homelessness

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Tomorrow, Grammy and Emmy award-winning artist and advocate Cyndi Lauper and her True Colors Fund will launch the Forty to None Project.

Ending Gay and Transgender Youth Homelessness

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By Cyndi Lauper, Artist, Advocate, and Co-Founder of the True Colors Fund Five years ago, on the Christopher Street Pier in New York City, my eyes were opened. I was doing a photo shoot for Interview magazine and thought it … Read More

Cyndi Lauper’s True Colors Fund to Launch National Organization to Raise Awareness Around Gay and Transgender Youth Homelessness

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Forty to None Project, the First of its Kind, Will Educate and Engage the Public to Support Homeless LGBT Youth MEDIA ADVISORY June 22, 2012 NEW YORK — Next week, Grammy and Emmy award-winning artist and advocate Cyndi Lauper will … Read More

Cyndi Lauper’s True Colors Fund to Launch National Organization to Raise Awareness Around Gay and Transgender Youth Homelessness

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Forty to None Project, the First of its Kind, Will Educate and Engage the Public to Support Homeless LGBT Youth MEDIA ADVISORY June 22, 2012 NEW YORK — Next week, Grammy and Emmy award-winning artist and advocate Cyndi Lauper will … Read More

Cyndi Lauper’s True Colors Fund Announces Star-Studded Benefit Concert

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Cyndi Lauper’s True Colors Fund today announced a star-studded benefit concert on December 4th at New York City’s historic Beacon Theatre to help raise awareness about lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender youth homelessness.

Cyndi Lauper Applauds the Passage of Marriage Equality in New York State

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Cyndi Lauper, co-founder of the True Colors Fund and longtime advocate for the gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender community, releases a statement about today’s passage of marriage equality in her home state of New York.

Cyndi Lauper Applauds Introduction of Legislation by Senator Kerry To Help Homeless LGBT Youth

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Senator John Kerry (D-Mass.) today introduced The Reconnecting Youth to Prevent Homelessness Act, a bill that aims to reduce homelessness among youth who are lesbian, gay, bisexual, or transgender.

Give a Damn Campaign Releases New PSA About Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, and Transgender Homeless Youth

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The Give a Damn Campaign, a project of Cyndi Lauper’s True Colors Fund, has released its latest video during National Runaway Prevention Month to raise awareness about homeless gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender youth.

Cyndi Lauper’s Give a Damn Campaign Releases New PSA Addressing Hate Crimes

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PSA Premiered on CNN’s Larry King Live Oct. 4th, 2010 Featuring: Ricky Martin, Elton John, Idina Menzel, Rachael Harris and Wanda Sykes  [NEW YORK] – The Give a Damn Campaign, a project of Cyndi Lauper’s True Colors Fund, has released its … Read More

The Give a Damn Campaign Releases New Video Highlighting the Higher Risk of Suicide for Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, and Transgender Youth

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The Give a Damn Campaign, a project of Cyndi Lauper’s True Colors Fund, has released its latest video during National Suicide Prevention Month to shine a light on the higher risk of suicide for gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender youth.

Cyndi Lauper’s True Colors Fund Launches Campaign to Spur Straight Support for Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, and Transgender Equality

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Cyndi Lauper’s True Colors Fund today launched the Give a Damn Campaign, a bold, web-based initiative with the goal of educating and engaging the straight community in the advancement of gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender equality.