#TrueColorsDay | April 29, 2020

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 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 responses.
  • Housing is healthcare and healthcare is a human right.

If you agree, use our action center to contact your elected officials asking that they include resources for youth experiencing homelessness in the federal response to COVID-19.

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.

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