What is #TrueColorsDay?

Lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer, and questioning (LGBTQ) young people are 120% more likely to experience homelessness than non-LGBTQ youth.

#TrueColorsDay is an international day of action and advocacy around LGBTQ youth homelessness. Across the world, young people in collaboration with adult partners are making significant progress to end youth homelessness. Communities are mobilizing to create change, people are getting involved in new ways, and youth are leading a powerful movement based on LGBTQ and racial equity.

This year, #TrueColorsDay is more important than ever before.

The Trump administration is currently working to roll back a number of policies designed to protect the rights and safety of LGBTQ people and youth experiencing homelessness. As the COVID-19 crisis continues to spread rapidly throughout the U.S., LGBTQ youth experiencing homelessness are left particularly vulnerable by the Trump administration’s actions. On #TrueColorsDay, we will speak out in a unified voice and take coordinated action to defend the health and civil rights of LGBTQ youth experiencing homelessness.

Here's what we believe:

  • LGBTQ youth should never have to fear discrimination or violence in seeking services.
  • Relief and resources for youth experiencing homelessness must be included in COVID-19 response measures.
  • Housing is healthcare and healthcare is a human right.

If you agree, pledge to take action (or sign your organization up as a partner) and we'll send you simple ways to make a difference as #TrueColorsDay approaches. United, we can end LGBTQ youth homelessness.

Who's Behind It?

Co-founded by Cyndi Lauper in 2008, True Colors United works to end youth homelessness by generating solutions that meet the unique needs of LGBTQ young people. Our philosophy is that if we can ensure that services are safe for and affirming of the most impacted young people, we can be confident that they’ll be safe and affirming for everyone.


Advocates for Youth

AIDS Foundation of Chicago

AIDS United

Amazin LeThi Foundation

Athlete Ally

Avenues for Homeless Youth

A Way Home America

Beta Gamma Chi Fraternity Incorporated


Black, Gifted & Whole Foundation

Blu's PodCast- NPG Underground Radio

California Homeless Youth Project

Covenant House New York

Can't Stop! Won't Stop! Consulting

CDG Community

Center for American Progress

Center for Black Equity


Ceres Policy Research

Coalition for Homeless Youth

Coalition for Juvenile Justice

Coalition for the Homeless of Houston/Harris County

Community Alliance for the Homeless

Community Alliance for the Homeless

Compass LGBTQ Community Center

Daybreak Inc.

DIAL/SELF Youth & Community Services

Equality North Carolina

Family Resources, Inc.

Funders Together to End Homelessness

Gotham Cheer

Happy Hippie Foundation

Henry Ford College

Human Rights Campaign Foundation

Impulse Group DC

Kirrin Finch

Lambda Legal

Larkin street Youth Services

LifeWorks at The LA LGBT Center

LifeWorks Los Angeles LGBT Center

Love heals

MASSPIRG UMass Lowell Chapter

Meharry Community Wellness Center

Nashville Launch Pad


One Orlando Alliance

Our Children LA (OCLA)

Outlast Youth


Phi Pi Delta Co-ed Fraternity

Point Source Youth

Project Street Beat

Pup's Books

Raikes Foundation

Rainbow Pride Youth Alliance


Safe Place For Youth

San Antonio Fighting Back, Inc

SchoolHouse Connection




StandUp For Kids

TCC Group

The I Am Human Foundation

The National LGBTQ Task Force

The Simmons Foundation



UndocuBlack Network

Unified Performers

Urban Justice Center - Peter Cicchino Youth Project

Us Helping Us People into Living


Whitman-Walker Health

WOCSHN - Women of Color Sexual Health Network


Youth Collaboratory

Youth Service Bureau of St. Joseph County