What is #TrueColorsDay?

Lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer, and questioning (LGBTQ) young people are 120% more likely to experience homelessness than non-LGBTQ youth. While many factors contribute to LGBTQ youth homelessness, identity-based family rejection is the most commonly cited reason.

To end LGBTQ youth homelessness, we need to understand the issue and the ways in which we can all play a role in ending it. That's why we launched #TrueColorsDay, an international day to raise public awareness about LGBTQ youth homelessness, and to provide supporters with simple ways to make a difference. We also host live conversations online about the issue and what everyday people are doing to end it!

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.

You might remember our old name: the True Colors Fund. Our new name – True Colors United – is all about celebrating the different strengths that different people bring to the table, and applying those strengths toward one united goal: preventing and ending youth homelessness.


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