Singer/activist lauded for work with True Colors Tour, True Colors Fund
Black Tie Dinner co-chairs Laurie Foley and Ron Guillard announced this week that singer and LGBT rights activist Cyndi Lauper will be presented with Black Tie’s Media Award during the 2009 event, set for Oct. 3 at the Sheraton Dallas Hotel.
Lauper, who has a lesbian sister, founded the True Colors Tour in the summer of 2007, gathering a wide array of musical performers, comedians and more to present a series of concerts around the country.
The tour repeated with different acts in summer, 2008, and this summer True Colors will present out comedian Wanda Sykes on tour. She performs at Nokia Theater in Grand Prairie on July 12.
Lauper has also established the True Colors Fund, which will be launching an extensive public awareness and education campaign later this year. Black Tie officials said that the True Colors Tour and True Colors Fund have raised more than $200,000 and provided extensive media coverage for organizations such as Human Rights Campaign, PFLAG and CenterLink.
Lauper won the Grammy Award for Best New Artist in 1985. She has been nominated for 14 Grammys, two Emmy Awards, two American Music Awards, seven American Video Awards and 18 MTV Awards. She released her 12th album, "Bring Ya to the Brink," last year, and it, too, was nominated for a Grammy.
Lauper has also appeared in several films and on television, and she made her Broadway debut as Jenny in "The Threepenny Opera" in 2006.
In a statement released this week, Foley called Lauper "a pioneering superstar," and said having her participate in the Black Tie Dinner will make this year’s event "one of the most empowering, educational and entertaining events in our history."
Guillard added that Lauper will be a big draw for the dinner, which is especially important in raising funds for Black Tie’s beneficiaries "in tough economic times like these."
He added, "For Cyndi, part of life’s truth is exacting fairness, equality and an overall good for the people she loves."
For more information about Black Tie Dinner, go online to BlackTie.org, or call 972-733-9200 ext. 1.
This article appeared in the Dallas Voice print edition June 19, 2009.