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VIDEO: Stars 'Give A Damn' About Homeless Gay Youth In New PSA

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Nov. 18 2010, Published 10:00 a.m. ET

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The Give A Damn campaign, a project of Cyndi Lauper's True Colors Fund, released its latest video Thursday during National Runaway Prevention Month to raise awareness about homeless gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender youth.

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The moving PSA features Oscar winner Susan Sarandon, Tony Award winner Alan Cumming, Rebecca Romijn, Pete Wentz, Eden Riegel and Lauper all urging people to give a damn about this epidemic.

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According to the people behind the Give A Damn campaign, each year, between 500,000 and 1.6 million young people in the United States are homeless or runaways. Gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender youth make up an estimated 3% to 5% of the general U.S. population. Yet they make up more than 20%-and possibly up to 40%-of all homeless youth in the country.

Family conflict is the most common cause of all youth homelessness. More than 1 in 4 are actually thrown out of their homes by their parents.

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"As a parent, I can't understand those who would kick out their own kid simply because they are gay or transgender," said Cyndi Lauper. "Your child is a part of you, throwing them out on the street is like ripping out a part of your own soul. No child should ever be homeless, especially when they have a family that can give them the love and acceptance that they need. It's time all of us parents join together and let our kids know that their home is always a safe place for them no matter what."

To learn more about the epidemic of homeless youth, or to learn more about the Give A Damn campaign, go to www.wegiveadamn.org.

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