Cyndi Lauper Tours For Gay Rights
If you were alive in the mid-1980s, you will most likely remember Cyndi Lauper's classic "True Colors". For some it is just a love song, while others have attached more significance to the ballad.
"A lot of people were saying that when it came out (in 1986) they were teenagers and they were coming out," says Lauper, 53, a longtime supporter of gay rights. "They were disowned by their family and their friends and their jobs got all messed up and they were totally alone, and suicidal, and then they heard `True Colors' and it made them feel hopeful."
So it's fitting that Lauper is headlining the new "True Colors" tour. The tour, which was developed by Lauper, emphasizes the "basic values and freedoms" of all Americans. The show is set to hit major cities nationwide in promotion of gay rights. Other performers for the 15-city event, which kicks off in Las Vegas on June 8 and ends in Los Angeles on June 30, are Deborah Harry, Erasure, The Dresden Dolls, The Gossip, and Margaret Cho.
Joe Solmonese, President of the Human Rights Campaign, says the '80s singer has fought to "promote fairness for everyone" and the organization feels "honored" to have the spunky artist in the tour.
The tour, sponsored by Logo, the MTV Networks channel targeting gay audiences, will provide information to fans who attend, as well as purple wristbands with the slogan "Erase Hate" from the Matthew Shepard organization, named for a gay youth killed in an apparent hate crime. A dollar from every ticket sold will be earmarked for the Human Rights Campaign, which advocates equal rights for gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgendered people.
Lauper believes more Americans would be supportive of equal rights for gays if they knew the discrimination they faced.
"You shouldn't have to be treated badly because of your sexual orientation. Come on, we don't live in a dictatorship. This is supposed to be America, the home of the free and the brave," she says. "It can't be free for some and not for others."
Other stops on the tour are Salt Lake City; Denver; Chicago; Atlantic City, N.J.; Boston; Washington; New York; Toronto; Atlanta; Dallas; Houston; San Diego and San Francisco.