Cyndi Lauper On Being A Gay Icon, Advocate For LGBT Youth

Pop icon Cyndi Lauper spoke about her status as a gay icon in a HuffPost Live appearance.

Did you find the Gay community, or did you find them?

"I'm friend and family, so...I live among my people," Lauper said. "My sister is part of the community, and my friends are part of the community ... I started to see discrepancies and things that weren't right, and I didn't want to just shut my mouth, because I don't believe in that.

The general population of youth in (The United States) only 3 to 5 percent identify as Gay or Transgender, but yet, in the grand scheme of things for the homeless kids, say 1.6 million kids are on the street, up to 40 percent of them are Gay or Transgender. That means they're flinging them out like hotcakes."

The 59-year-old Lauper, who is currently promoting her new reality series "Still So Unusual," opened the True Colors Residence in New York City, the state's first permanent housing facility specifically for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) youth between the ages of 18 to 24, in 2011.

She also started the Give a Damn Campaign as part of an effort to educate heterosexual people about homeless LGBT youth issues, and joined the 2012 New York City LGBT Pride March as a grand marshal.

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