Friday, May 18, 2007

True Colors Tour for the Human Rights Campaign

Welcome to this installment of The AIDS Pandemic, a podcast hosted by Dr. David Wessner from Davidson College. I’m Dave Wessner.

We opened this installment with a short segment from True Colors, by Cyndi Lauper, the iconic voice of ‘80s pop. Long supported by and a supporter of the gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgender communities, Lauper recently announced her plans for this summer’s True Colors tour in support of the Human Rights Campaign. Along with Debbie Harry, the Dresden Dolls, Erasure, and others, Cyndi Lauper will headline this tour that opens June 8th in Las Vegas. A portion of all tickets sales will go to the Human Rights Campaign.

Throughout its 25-year history, HIV/AIDS has been inextricably linked to human rights issues. Sexual violence against women, stigma associated with men who have sex with men, young girls forced into prostitution – all of these human rights violations have contributed to the spread of HIV/AIDS. The Human Rights Campaign fights tirelessly to rid the world of these injustices. You certainly can help by becoming a member of the HRC and contributing to them directly. And this summer, you also can help simply by attending a great concert.

As Cyndi Lauper states on the Tue Colors Tour web site, “We should all have the right to live with the same dignity, opportunity and safety. It shouldn’t matter what anyone’s sexual orientation is.”

Until next time, I’m Dave Wessner.

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