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Sounds of Pride: Listen to “True Colors” with your Eyes

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Cyndi Lauper’s #1 double Platinum rendition of “True Colors,” while not written by her, has inspired her since she recorded it in 1986.  An instant anthem of Pride for our Community, Lauper has often said in interviews how the song resonated with her after friend, Gregory Natal, died of AIDS. In 2008, she also co-founded the True Colors Fund, a non-profit dedicated to ending LGBT youth homelessness.

“True Colors” has been covered many times by numerous artists including in 2012 Canada’s “Artists Against Bulling” whose version served as the inspiration for their Deaf LGBTQ counterparts’ stunning music video.


In 2013, Kinky Boots — the musical, won the Tony Awards for Best Musical; Best Score by Cyndi Lauper (the first woman to win it solo); and Best Actor in a Musical to Billy Porter for his star turn as “Lola.”

Here is Cyndi Luper’s pride filled finale from Kinky Boots, “Just Be!”


Previous posts from theOUTfront series “Sounds of Pride –The Music of Community, Love, and Equality”

Why We “Believe” in Cher 

Frenchie Davis’ “Love’s Got A Hold On Me” 

Freddie Mercury & Queen “I Want to Break Free” 

Billy Porter’s defiant “I’m Gonna Wash That Man Right Outta My Hair” 

When “Love is in the Air,” Tea Dance Classics make a “Perfect Day” 

“We Are Family,” our “Family” Anthem


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