- 28 Nov 19
The "Girls Just Want to Have Fun" singer will be presented with the first-ever High Note Global Prize next month.
Cyndi Lauper will be honoured with a UN award in recognition for her lifelong advocacy for the LGBTQ+ community. Presented by the United Nations Human Rights Council and the High Note Global Initiative, the first-ever High Note Global Prize will be delivered to Lauper by Kesha at the veteran singer's "Home for the Holidays" benefit concert in Los Angeles on 10 December. The event will, fittingly, coincide with UN Human Rights Day.
“We are delighted to recognize and honor Cyndi Lauper as the 2019 High Note Global Prize Laureate,” said David Clark, creator of the High Note Global Initiative, in a statement. “For decades she has promoted human rights, been a voice and active participant for change, and inspired people around the world to be tolerant and true to themselves. She is most deserving of this award, and we look forward to celebrating her achievements during our inaugural High Note Global Prize award ceremony.”
In 2008, Lauper co-founded True Colors United, an organization aimed at combatting homelessness among young LGBTQ+ individuals. She was recognized for her work in 2013 by former US President Barack Obama, who invited her to his inauguration event. All proceeds for Lauper's upcoming "Home for the Holidays" performance will be donated to True Colors United.
Just last week, Lauper took to Instagram to recognise Transgender Day of Remembrance.
"Remembering and honoring all those who lost their lives," the singer wrote. "We have to do better. Sending love and light."