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Cyndi Lauper Awarded First High Note Global Prize for Work With LGBTQ Youth 

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For her decades of activism with LGBTQ youth, Cyndi Lauper will be awarded the inaugural High Note Global Prize presented by the United Nations Human Rights and the High Note Global Initiative at her annual Home for the Holidays concert December 10, according to Rolling Stone.

The prestigious award will be presented to Lauper by Kesha during the concert in Los Angeles. In 2008, Lauper cofounded True Colors United (named for her smash hit song about celebrating otherness), which “implements innovative solutions to youth homelessness that focus on the unique experiences of LGBTQ young people,” according to its website.

“In the United States, 4.2 million youth experience homelessness each year, with lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer, and questioning (LGBTQ) youth 120% more likely to experience homelessness than their non-LGBTQ peers. True Colors United is committed to changing that,” the website continues.

The prize was created by David Clark, founder of the High Note Global Initiative, which celebrates artists whose work intersects with human rights issues.

“We are delighted to recognize and honor Cyndi Lauper as the 2019 High Note Global Prize Laureate," Clark said, according to Billboard. "For decades she has promoted human rights, been a voice and active participant for change, and inspired people around the world to be tolerant and true to themselves. She is most deserving of this award, and we look forward to celebrating her achievements during our inaugural High Note Global Prize award ceremony.”

Now in its ninth year, the Home for the Holidays concert, which benefits True Colors United, will feature some of today’s most buzzed-about LGBTQ artists and allies including Brandi Carlile, Billy Porter, Lily Tomlin, King Princess, Belinda Carlile, Margaret Cho, Perry Farrell, Charlie Musselwhite, Marilyn Manson, and Henry Rollins.

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