When Cyndi Lauper burst onto the music scene in 1983, thirteen-year-old me was, instantly, entranced with the striking pop star. Although, at the time, I didn’t know what feminism was nor much else about life to be fair. I understood as much that Cyndi was more than the average pop star and her lyrics were saying things which really mattered. She looked a bit like a punk but didn’t in any way sound like one. It wasn’t until I revisited Cyndi’s songs a few years later, that I could acknowledge her for what she is. A groundbreaking and empowering woman, and advocate for the rights of gay, lesbian, and transgender people.
What is this? It is 2020, and thirty-six years, since it’s release Cyndi is sharing a lyric video for her 1984 hit single “Time After Time” for the best of reasons. She is linking up with Tik Tok through her non-profit organisation “True Colors United” in support of National Coming Out Day (11th October 2020). Through October the ShowYourTrueColors challenge is empowering TikTok users to share their authentic selves with the world. By sharing coming out stories and support for the LGBTQ+ communities. The animated lyric video for “Time After Time” by Malikah Holder made in celebration of this project is emblazoned with LGBTQ+ images. The narrative of the new clip is crystal-clear and is equally poignant and empowering to watch.
Along with the announcement and video, Cyndi has issued a statement, saying…
“There is so much going on right now, from the Coronavirus to the perpetual mistreatment of our Black and Brown brothers and sisters. To the abhorrent targeting of our LGBTQ community, to the divisiveness that’s happening in this country. No matter what side of the aisle you’re in – in the U.S. or around the globe – we’re all human beings, and I believe we all want the same things – unity and peace said, Lauper. “We have to remain hopeful that things will get better. That’s why we march, we speak out, we fight for each other’s, rights, and it’s why we vote.”
Rise up in power. Take, a lead, from Cyndi. Keep pushing these subjects into the spotlight and especially today, support inclusivity, authenticity and love.
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