“People can save the world by the way they think and by the way they behave and what they hold to be important.” -Cyndi Lauper.
Singer/songwriter, actress and LGBT activist Cyndi Lauper is very inspirational. With hits such as Time After Time, True Colours, I Drove All Night and the anthem Girls Just Wanna Have Fun, the American singer has forged her way to global stardom and displayed her quirky, eccentric and utterly fabulous style. The Grammy, Emmy and Tony award winner has written Kinky Boots in 2013 for Broadway and has appeared in the role of Jenny in The Threepenny Opera in 2006 while she has also performed her Matters of the Heart concert on Broadway in 2000. On TV she has appeared as herself in many cameos including in Queer As Folk, Gossip Girl, The Simpsons and 30 Rock. Lauper has also starred as Pidge in The Happy Prince, as Kiki in Happily Divorced and as Avalon Harmonia in Bones. The star has also starred in films such as Vibes, Life With Mikey and Off and Running.
Lauper has been an excellent, long-time campaigner for the LGBT community throughout her career. It is an issue very close to her heart and she has said that she is passionate about LGBT rights because her sister Ellen is a lesbian and also because she is passionate about equality for everyone. Ellen was an inspiration to Cyndi because of her work in the gay community with charity including her work with AIDS patients at a clinic. Lauper founded the True Colors Tour which is a music tour held yearly that helps the Human Rights Campaign as well as other organizations which help the LGBT community and their straight family and friends including PFLAG (Parents, Families and Friends of Lesbians and Gays), the Matthew Shepard Foundation which she is a member of the foundation’s Board and local organizations where the concerts take place. In addition Lauper’s True Colors Fund is a huge contributor to the True Colors Residence, an LGBT shelter in New York City. During the 1980s and 1990s, Lauper performed at many pride events in America including the closing ceremonies for the 1994 Gay Games IV in New York City and as grand marshal for the 2012 NYC Gay Pride Parade and her song True Colors became an anthem for everyone but was a particularly popular anthem for people in the gay community. She has used her music to speak about homophobia and on her album Hat Full of Stars her song entitled Above the Clouds is in celebration of the memory of a young man Matthew Shepard who was killed viciously in Wyoming because of prejudice over his sexuality while Kinky Boots speaks about the struggles that drag queens face. Lauper also worked hard for the Hate Crimes Prevention Act to bring in the law that assaults made on people because of their sexuality or gender identity would be seen as hate crimes by law and in 2009 she went to the law’s signing ceremony.
“Everyone – whether straight, gay, lesbian, bisexual or transgender – should be allowed to show their true colors, and be accepted and loved for who they are.” – Cyndi Lauper.
In 2010, Lauper’s True Colors Fund launched the Give a Damn campaign to bring to light the verbal and physical bullying and harassment faced by LGBT students and prejudice in the workplace while in 2012 Lauper founded the Forty to None Project after finding out that while 10% of American youth identify themselves as LGBT, up to 40% of American homeless young people do.
In 2008, she wrote an article entitled “Hope” to The Huffington Post asking people to vote for Barack Obama for the United States presidential election and performed at the 2008 Democratic National Convention and in 2009 she created a T-shirt for the Fashion Against AIDS campaign.
Lauper has also been a major style icon. With her eccentric, unpredictable and unique style Lauper has definitely got the ‘Wow’ factor. Let’s take a look at some of her amazing fashion hits over the years: