Cyndi Lauper's True Colors Fund Releases New PSA
Wed, 06 Oct 2010 09:09:23
The Give a Damn Campaign (www.wegiveadamn.org), a project of Cyndi Lauper's True Colors Fund, has released its newest public service announcement focusing on hate crimes based on sexual orientation and gender identity. Ricky Martin, Elton John, Idina Menzel, Rachael Harris and Wanda Sykes speak out about the need to bring an end to these senseless acts of violence and intimidation. The PSA premiered during Monday's night's Larry King Live during the episode featuring the topic of anti-gay bullying. In light of the recent suicide of a Rutgers student after his dorm-mate filmed him having an encounter with another guy, this PSA is all the more poignant.
Here are some stats for your to ponder.
In the U.S. one hate crime takes place approximately every hour of every single day. In 2008, the most recent year in which such data is available, 7,783 incidents of hate crime were reported to the FBI. One out of every six of these hate crimes is committed on the basis of sexual orientation.
Gay men and lesbians are the third most targeted group for hate crimes of the ones that are actually reported. It is widely believed that these numbers are significantly higher, as victims of hate crimes based on sexual orientation are afraid to report the crime to authorities.
"We as parents, as people, as a nation need to stand up and say enough is enough. We will not tolerate hate any longer," said Cyndi Lauper. "Hate is learned and we need to teach our children that being different is okay. The best way we can do that is to lead by example and treat others with dignity and respect. No one should ever be bullied or harmed in any way because of their sexual orientation, gender identity, race, religion, ethnicity or anything that someone labels another as 'different.' Hate is a lose-lose situation and its time that things final change."
LINK TO VIDEO: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wBaaDL12bCk&fmt=35 VIDEO EMBED CODE: The Give a Damn Campaign, a project of Cyndi Lauper's True Colors Fund, is a bold, Web-based initiative with the goal of educating and engaging the straight community in the advancement of gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender equality. The campaign produces call-to-action videos that have featured Elton John, Whoopi Goldberg, Ricky Martin, Jason Mraz, Anna Paquin, Lily Tomlin, Cynthia Nixon, Sharon & Kelly Osbourne, Judith Light, Idina Menzel, Jesse Tyler Ferguson, Piper Perabo, Mae Whitman, Kim Kardashian, Clay Aiken, Wanda Sykes, Margaret Cho and Cyndi Lauper.
Did you watch the PSA? What do you think?