#TrueColorsDay | April 28, 2021

Lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer, intersex, and questioning (LGBTIQ) young people are 120% more likely to experience homelessness than non-LGBTIQ youth. We believe that everyone deserves a safe place to call home – regardless of their class, race, ethnicity, gender, or sexual orientation.

#TrueColorsDay is an international day of advocacy around preventing and ending LGBTIQ youth homelessness. It’s also a day to celebrate people who are working to ensure LGBTIQ people have housing no matter the challenge. Across the world, young people and adult partners are making significant progress to end youth homelessness. Communities are mobilizing to create change and youth are leading powerful movements based on LGBTIQ and racial equity. #TrueColorsDay serves as a gateway for people to get involved in new ways.

Housing is a Human Right.

While incredible progress on LGBTIQ rights has been made across the world, LGBTIQ people still face discrimination and violence simply for being who they are. And as the COVID-19 crisis continues, LGBTIQ youth experiencing homelessness are particularly vulnerable. Sometimes, the simple protection of home is all it takes for a young person to be safe.

On #TrueColorsDay, we will speak out in a unified voice and take coordinated action to defend the human rights of LGBTIQ youth experiencing homelessness.

Take the #TrueColorsDay Pledge.

Here’s what we believe:

  • Housing is a human right.
  • Everyone deserves a safe place to call home – regardless of their class, race, ethnicity, gender, or sexual orientation.
  • LGBTIQ youth should never have to fear discrimination or violence in seeking housing or services.
  • To end homelessness, we must end systemic racism in housing, healthcare, and policing – which contribute to higher rates of homelessness for Black, Brown, and Indigenous youth.
  • Immigrants and asylum-seekers – many of whom are LGBTIQ and fleeing persecution – deserve a safe home.
  • Relief and resources for youth experiencing homelessness must be included in COVID-19 responses.
  • Young people are the present and future leaders of the youth homelessness movement. Nonprofit organizations should support and facilitate youth activism.

If you agree, add your name to the #TrueColorsDay pledge:


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 LGBTIQ 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.

360 Youth Services

A Way Home America

A Way Home Washington

AIDS Foundation of Chicago

Alder Health Services

ALSO Youth

Ambisextrous Apostate Podcast

Arbor Circle

Athlete Ally

Avenues for Youth

Beta Gamma Chi Fraternity, Incorporated

Birds & Bees

Black, Gifted & Whole Inc.

Brave Heart United, Inc.

Brooklyn Community Pride Center

Capital One

Catharsis on the Mall

CDS Family & Behavioral Health Services

Center for American Progress

Center for Housing and Health

Church Farm School

Cocoon House

Community Alliance for the Homeless - Memphis

Community Shelter Board

Compass House

Compass LGBTQ Community Center

Complete Body Gym

Corrine Drive Counseling Center

Covenant House Florida

Covenant House California

Covenant House Illinois

Covenant House International

Crisis & Counseling Centers

Daybreak Inc.

Doc Society

Doors of Change

Equality California

Equality North Carolina

Family Equality

Free Mom Hugs

Funders Together to End Homelessness


GSA Network

Happy Hippie Foundation

HELP of Southern Nevada

Homeless Advocacy Project

Hope and Healing Survivor Resource Center

Housing Alliance Delaware

Huckleberry Youth Programs


J bar J Youth Services

Jackson Street Youth Services

Jericho Project


Kentucky Youth Law Project Inc.

Larkin Street Youth Services

Los Angeles LGBT Center


Mayor's Office of Workforce Development

Michelle Valdez Consulting

MODA Brush

Modern Military Association of America

My Friend's Place

National Alliance to End Homelessness

National Black Justice Coalition

National Center for Transgender Equality (NCTE)

National Law Center on Homelessness & Poverty

New Beginnings, Inc.

NewFest: New York's LGBTQ Film & Media Arts Organization




Pink Media

Point Source Youth


Project Community Connections, Inc.

Project Silk

Rising Stars LGBT+ Foundation

Safe Place for Youth

Salt Hotels

SELF, Inc.

SingleMoms Created4Change Advocacy and Empowerment Center

Star House


The Ally Coalition

The Center for Youth Services

The Mason County HOST Program

The Montrose Center

The National LGBTQ Task Force

The Theater Offensive

The Wayfarer Foundation

Thrive Youth Center

TIA's Place (Transitioning Into Adulthood

Va Home for Boys and Girls

Vermont Teddy Bear

Veterans Multi-Service Center

Visions and Pathways

Vita Nova, Inc


Youth Advocates of Sitka

Youth and Family Alternatives, Inc. - RAP House

Youth Outlook

YouthBuild Louisville