“True colors” came shining through at the 2010 GLSEN Respect Awards when Chely Wright, the country western star arrived. With her new biography, “Like Me,” she’s finally out of the closet. And no one was happier to see her than GLSEN’s honoree, Cyndi Lauper who looked like she was literally “Lifted Off the Ground.”
Lauper, who received the award for her “We Give A Damn Campaign” stated, “I can’t stress how important it is to support high school students at this point when things are a little iffy anyway.” And there were many students and parents at Gotham Hall on Monday night who know that to be all too true: Constance McMillen who was denied the right to bring her girlfriend to her prom and Sirdeaner Walker, the mother of a bullied child who died by suicide, among many others whose advocacy demonstrated unusual bravery.
GLSEN’s Executive Director Eliza Byard also spoke eloquently on behalf of “The Safe Schools Improvement Act,” the pending federal legislation that will protect kids from harassment. But it was Lauper who carried the evening’s inspirational message when she said, “We can’t simply be free if we’re living with bias. If we don’t have equality,
By: Isa Goldberg
Photography: Nanette Shaw