Fifty years after the Stonewall uprising, pop star Cyndi Lauper sang her anthemic queer hit "True Colors" as the WorldPride opening ceremony on July 26 in New York's Barclay Center. If you missed the unforgettable performance, Lauper just released the performance on YouTube.
Emerging out of a giant turning globe, Lauper belts the inclusive message of "True Colors" — embracing your true, beautiful self. Afterward, the Emmy-, Grammy- and Tony-winner ditched the globe as a dance-ified remix kicked the energy up a notch.
Then, a cavalcade of famous LGBTQ New Yorkers, including Lady Bunny and Michael Musto, join Lauper on stage to bust some moves. The clip intersperses footage of violent police raids and LGBTQ protests with the dancing and singing.
Lauper has a final surprise for the end of the performance, one that fits perfectly with the message of "True Colors." Watch below.
WorldPride wrapped in New York City — site of 1969's Stonewall uprising — on June 30. The next WorldPride happens in 2021 in Copenhagen.