Cyndi Lauper to receive UN award recognising her work as LGBTQ+ activist

She'll be handed the first-ever High Note Global Prize

Cyndi Lauper is set to receive a UN award in recognition of her longstanding work as an LGBTQ+ activist.

The ‘Girls Just Want to Have Fun’ singer will be given the first-ever High Note Global Prize, which was created by philanthropist David Clark, at her annual Home for the Holidays benefit concert on December 10.

Kesha will present Lauper with the gong during the event held at The Novo Theatre in Los Angeles.


“We are delighted to recognize and honour Cyndi Lauper as the 2019 High Note Global Prize Laureate,” said Clark in a statement.

“For decades she has promoted human rights, been a voice and active participant for change, and inspired people around the world to be tolerant and true to themselves. She is most deserving of this award, and we look forward to celebrating her achievements during our inaugural High Note Global Prize award ceremony.”

You can watch the singer announce the benefit show in the above post.

Back in 2008, Lauper co-founded the True Colours United organisation which aims to tackle homelessness among young LGBTQ+ people. Former US President Barack Obama recognised her work in 2013 by inviting the artist to his inauguration event.


All proceeds from next month’s Home for the Holidays event will be donated to True Colours United.

This comes after Cyndi Lauper took to Instagram last week to honour Transgender Day Of Remembrance. “Remembering and honouring all those who lost their lives. We have to do better. Sending love and light,” she wrote.