Cyndi Lauper's True Colors Fund Held the Sold Out Inaugural 'Damn Gala' In Los Angeles
Secretary Julian Castro of the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development provided Keynote; USA Network and Los Angeles LGBT Center was honored, and Cyndi Lauper and Sara Ramirez performed to raise awareness about LGBT youth homelessness
Gala was held at the Hollywood Athletic Club on Sunday, October 9th
The True Colors Fund was excited to announce the lineup and honorees for its sold out inaugural Cyndi Lauper's Damn Gala, that took place at the Hollywood Athletic Club on Sunday, October 9th in Los Angeles, CA. The organization, co-founded by Grammy, Emmy, and Tony Award winning artist Cyndi Lauper to prevent and end homelessness among lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) youth, will feature a keynote address from Secretary Julin Castro of the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development.
"The True Colors Fund is honored that Secretary Castro will provide the keynote at our inaugural Damn Gala," said Cyndi Lauper, co-founder of the True Colors Fund. "For the past four years, we have had the great privilege to partner with the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development to pilot and advance new solutions to prevent and end LGBT youth homelessness. We will end youth homelessness in America and, due to the strategic and innovative leadership of Secretary Castro and the team at HUD, tremendous progress has already been made."
The Damn Gala, which featured performances by Ms. Lauper and True Colors Fund Board Member and Tony Award winning artist Sara Ramirez, payed tribute to USA Network and the Los Angeles LGBT Center. James Paxton and Tyler Young, stars of USA Network's upcoming series, EYEWITNESS, presented the network with its award. The Los Angeles LGBT Center's award was presented by Marc Malkin, Managing Editor and Correspondent at E! News, and his husband Fabian Quezada-Malkin. In addition, Phoebe VanCleefe and Kahlib Barton, two of True Colors Fund's extraordinary youth leaders, presented TED-style talks, while True Colors Fund Board Member and Emmy Award winning personality Carson Kressley served as the evening's host.
"We were excited to honor USA Network and the Los Angeles LGBT Center, two of our longest and closest partners in the effort to end LGBT youth homelessness in America," said Gregory Lewis, Executive Director & CEO of the True Colors Fund. "For over 40 years, the Los Angeles LGBT Center has been a national leader in providing life-saving services for LGBT youth experiencing homelessness. USA Network has worked tirelessly to open countless hearts and minds through its programming and its public service campaign Characters Unite, which was created to address the social injustices and cultural divides still prevalent in our society. Both USA Network and the Los Angeles LGBT Center have been true leaders in creating a more accepting and affirming society for LGBT youth.
The Damn Gala is supported by Platinum Sponsors NCompass, Pride.com (National Media Partner), and Van Gogh Vodka (National Corporate Partner); and Gold Sponsors Angeleno Magazine, Jason Mraz Foundation, and Tylenol PM (National Corporate Partner).
The net proceeds from the Damn Gala will benefit the True Colors Fund's work to prevent and end LGBT youth homelessness in America.
About True Colors Fund:
In America, up to 40 percent of the 1.6 million youth that are homeless each year identify as lesbian, gay, bisexual, or transgender. Yet, only up to seven percent of the general youth population is LGBT. The most cited reason for this disproportionate rate is family rejection due to the young person's sexual orientation or gender identity.
The True Colors Fund, co-founded by Cyndi Lauper, works nationally to end homelessness among lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender youth. Through a broad continuum of community organizing, public policy, youth collaboration, research, and public engagement programs, the True Colors Fund is creating a world in which young people can be their true selves. www.truecolorsfund.org.