NEW YORK CITY — The True Colors Tour will hit the road again this summer with an exciting new line-up of legendary and up and coming artists including headliners Cyndi Lauper, The B-52s and Rosie O’Donnell along with host Carson Kressley and many more.
Cyndi Lauper has been an outspoken supporter of the LGBT community for decades.
After receiving rave reviews and a successful debut in 2007, the tour is expanding to meet demand in more cities. (Unfortunately, no Carolinas dates are scheduled.) The tour will kick off May 31 at Boston’s Bank of America Pavilion.
Produced by True Colors Concerts in partnership once again with the Human Rights Campaign (HRC), the 24-city North American tour is presented by Logo in support of the newly created True Colors Fund of Stonewall Community Foundation.
The concerts feature nearly five hours of nonstop music with exciting special guests appearing on select dates throughout the tour, including Tegan and Sara, Regina Spektor, Wanda Sykes, Joan Jett and the Blackhearts, Joan Armatrading, Indigo Girls, Nona Hendryx, Deborah Cox and The Cliks.
This year’s tour will highlight the need for the LGBT community and their straight allies to get out and vote this fall. HRC and the tour’s other non-profit partners — CenterLink (representing the nation’s LGBT community centers) and Parents, Families, Friends of Lesbians and Gays (PFLAG) — are joining to bring together Americans across the country to voice their solidarity for LGBT equality.
The tour was conceived by Cyndi Lauper stemming from her desire to give back to the community for the love and support they have given her throughout her career. Organizers describe the tour as a celebration of the basic values and freedoms that should be shared by all Americans.
Fans will experience these values through the music of both legendary icons and the newest and coolest acts this generation has to offer.
“I’m so excited and honored that we’re taking True Colors out on the road again this year,” said music icon Lauper. “We had a blast last year and we are proud that the tour also brought about visibility and discussions of issues that LGBT citizens face in our country today.”
The B-52s’ Fred Schneider added, “True Colors is a good way to get out the vote and get out of the house and party!”
The True Colors Fund of Stonewall Community Foundation was created this year to generate financial support to directly benefit the tour’s non-profit partners. Funds will be raised through sales of tour shirts, an eBay auction of tour and music memorabilia, the True Colors Jewelry Collection by Love & Pride, the tour’s official jeweler, as well as individual donations to the fund by visitors to the tour’s website.
The True Colors Jewelry Collection, selected by Lauper from creations made by renowned designer Udi Behr, is currently in production and will launch in June. In addition, through the True Colors Fund, $1 of every ticket sold will be donated to HRC.
“Thanks to the overwhelming success of the first True Colors tour last year, we were able to send a loud and unmistakable message to all Americans that it is past time our federal hate crimes laws be updated to include sexual orientation and gender identity,” said Human Rights Campaign President Joe Solmonese.
“This year, we are going to build on the grassroots power of the tour by launching a massive, nonpartisan voter outreach campaign that will educate, engage and organize equality voters in this year’s election.”
For tour and ticket information, visit: www.truecolorstour.com. Tickets are available now at www.ticketmaster.com.