by Amanda Just
Categories: Causes, People
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‘Tis the season for Cyndi Lauper‘s annual Home for the Holidays benefit show, a concert than raises funds for homeless lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) youth. Joining her this year at the Beacon Theatre in NYC are Pink, Josh GrobanSusan Sarandon, Matt and Kim, and Rosie O’Donnell, among many others. 100% of ticket sales go directly to the Forty to None initiative, which “seeks to raise awareness about and bring an end to gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgender youth homelessness.”

In a statement, Lauper said, “Home for the Holidays is once again going to be an amazing night of music and comedy in support of a cause close to my heart, homeless gay and transgender youth. I’m proud that we have built a show that not only sells out every year, but has become well-known for bringing together a stellar array of artists to help change the world through an evening of incredible performances.”

Research has shown that up to 40% of the 1.6 million homeless youth in the United States identify has LGBT. The most common reason these young people are homeless, they say, is because of family rejection. Forty to None is working hard to change these numbers by educating the public, empowering at-risk youth, advocating within government, and facilitating research.

“When I first learned that up to 40 percent of all homeless youth in this country identify as gay, lesbian, bisexual or transgender I was shocked and saddened,” said Lauper. “For far too long homeless youth have not received the attention, resources and funding necessary to bring an end to this epidemic. My hope is that through [the Home for the Holidays benefit] we can raise awareness and much needed funds to help these young people through our Forty to None Project.”

The Home for the Holidays benefit concert will take place on December 7, 2013. Tickets are on sale now.

Learn more about the Forty to One initiative on their website and Facebook page.

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About Amanda Just

Amanda Just is a longtime vegan who loves to promote compassionate living in fun, creative ways. As a writer, she has contributed to This Dish Is Veg,, and many other blogs, websites, and newsletters. As an activist, she champions many causes, from veganism and animal rights to environmental protection and human rights. Amanda resides in Tampa Bay, Florida.

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