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Cyndi Lauper: 'Senators Put Conservative Religious Groups Ahead of LGBTQ Lives' With Recent Vote

Cyndi Lauper attends the 40th American Music Awards  AMAs red carpet
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Cyndi Lauper attends the 40th American Music Awards held at Nokia Theatre L.A. Live on November 18, 2012 in Los Angeles, California.  

Cyndi Lauper is expressing her disappointment that the United States Senate failed to pass the Runaway and Homeless Youth and Trafficking Prevention Act (S.A. 290), which would have reauthorized the Runaway and Homeless Youth Act. The 56-43 vote was short of the 60 "Yes" votes needed to pass.

The act "includes a non-discrimination clause that would help ensure lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) youth experiencing homelessness not only have access to critical services, but that those services are safe, welcoming, and tailored to meet their unique needs. Research continues to show that while LGBT youth make up just seven percent of the general youth population, they comprise up to 40 percent of the 1.6 million youth that are homeless in America each year," according to a press release put out by Lauper's True Colors Fund, which advocated for the bill's passing.

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"Thank you to the 56 senators who showed true leadership today by voting in favor of protecting all of our nation's 1.6 million homeless youth," Cyndi Lauper, co-founder of the True Colors Fund, said in a statement. "Unfortunately, 43 senators put the objections of conservative religious groups ahead of the lives of our nation's most vulnerable youth. Every day, homeless gay and transgender youth experience rejection and discrimination from their families, communities, and the providers who are supposed to help them. Today, 43 senators added their names to the group of people who think that it is acceptable to throw away the up to 40% of homeless youth who identify as LGBT." 


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