Taylor Swift, Cher, Billie Eilish, LL Cool J and Dolly Parton are including their voices to Cyndi Lauper’s annual live performance to fight youth homelessness, a problem the “True Colours” singer says has solely gotten worse throughout the pandemic.
“You possibly can say, ‘Keep residence, defend your self.’ What do you do if you happen to’ve acquired no residence?” Lauper instructed the Related Press. “I believe it’s time that we make certain all younger folks have entry to life-saving companies with out concern of violence or discrimination.”
Her Dwelling for the Holidays profit live performance will premiere Friday on Lauper’s TikTok channel at eight p.m. EST, with a further stream Sunday at eight p.m. EST on Lauper’s YouTube and Fb handles. This yr’s live performance can be free to look at, with donations inspired.
The lineup additionally contains Adam Lambert, Amanda Shires & Jason Isbell, Bette Midler, Billy Porter, Boy George, Brandi Carlile, Brittany Howard, Carson Kressley, Harvey Fierstein, Henry Rollins, Jackson Browne, Judy Gold, Kim Petras, King Princess, Meg Myers, Phoebe Bridgers, Sharon Osbourne, Shea Diamond and Whoopi Goldberg.
Some celebrities will make appearances and others will carry out. Whereas organizers attempt to maintain many particulars personal, this yr’s present may have performances by Boy George, Parton, Cher, Browne, Lambert, Porter, Myers, Carlile, Shires & Isbell and King Princess, amongst others, together with the solid of the musical “Kinky Boots,” which Lauper and Fierstein co-wrote.
Lauper, whose hits embody “Women Simply Need to Have Enjoyable” and “Time After Time,” began the nonprofit LGBTQ advocacy group that may change into True Colours United in 2008.
“We began True Colours 12 years in the past on a tour bus,” Lauper stated. “We by no means thought we’d be right here, however right here we’re in 2020,” a yr she calls “a vital second in historical past.”
Lauper pointed to statistics that present as much as 40% of the four.2 million youth experiencing homelessness in America are LGBTQ. As well as, a examine by the College of Chicago discovered LGBTQ younger individuals are 120% extra prone to expertise homelessness than non-LGBTQ youth.
“I simply assume that protected and steady housing is among the finest sorts of well being care,” stated Lauper. “It’s a world downside that basically calls for boldness and empathy from folks.”
This yr, True Colours United has partnered with the United Nations Human Rights Workplace for a marketing campaign that features an animated PSA, with voiceover by Lauper.
“Simply the truth that a world group as huge because the U.N. truly sees and understands that LGBTQ plus homelessness is an actual difficulty worldwide is large,” she stated.