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What is TRUVADA for PrEP?<br />

TRUVADA for PrEP (pre-exposure prophylaxis)<br />

is a prescription medicine that is used together<br />

with safer sex practices to help reduce the risk<br />

of getting HIV-1 through sex. This use is only for<br />

HIV-negative adults who are at high risk of getting<br />

HIV-1. To help determine your risk of getting HIV-1,<br />

talk openly with your healthcare provider about<br />

your sexual health.<br />

Ask your healthcare provider if you have questions<br />

about how to prevent getting HIV. Always practice<br />

safer sex and use condoms to lower the chance<br />

of sexual contact with body fl uids. Never reuse or<br />

share needles or other items that have body fl uids<br />

on them.<br />

IMPORTANT SAFETY INFORMATION<br />

What is the most important information I<br />

should know about TRUVADA for PrEP?<br />

Before taking TRUVADA for PrEP:<br />

® You must be HIV-negative before you start<br />

taking TRUVADA for PrEP. You must get<br />

tested to make sure that you do not already<br />

have HIV-1. Do not take TRUVADA to reduce the<br />

risk of getting HIV-1 unless you are confi rmed<br />

to be HIV-negative.<br />

® Many HIV-1 tests can miss HIV-1 infection<br />

in a person who has recently become<br />

infected. If you have fl u-like symptoms, you<br />

could have recently become infected with<br />

HIV-1. Tell your healthcare provider if you had<br />

a fl u-like illness within the last month before<br />

starting or at any time while taking TRUVADA<br />

for PrEP. Symptoms of new HIV-1 infection<br />

include tiredness, fever, joint or muscle aches,<br />

headache, sore throat, vomiting, diarrhea, rash,<br />

night sweats, and/or enlarged lymph nodes in<br />

the neck or groin.<br />

While taking TRUVADA for PrEP:<br />

® You must continue to use safer sex<br />

practices. Just taking TRUVADA for PrEP<br />

may not keep you from getting HIV-1.<br />

® You must stay HIV-negative to keep taking<br />

TRUVADA for PrEP:<br />

® <strong>Get</strong> tested for HIV-1 at least every 3 months.<br />

® If you think you were exposed to HIV-1, tell<br />

your healthcare provider right away.<br />

® To further help reduce your risk of getting<br />

HIV-1:<br />

® Know your HIV status and the HIV status of<br />

your partners.<br />

® <strong>Get</strong> tested for other sexually transmitted<br />

infections. Other infections make it easier<br />

for HIV to infect you.<br />

® <strong>Get</strong> information and support to help reduce<br />

risky sexual behavior, such as having fewer<br />

sex partners.<br />

® Do not miss any doses of TRUVADA. Missing<br />

doses may increase your risk of getting HIV-1<br />

infection.<br />

® If you do become HIV-1 positive, you need<br />

more medicine than TRUVADA alone to treat<br />

HIV-1. TRUVADA by itself is not a complete<br />

treatment for HIV-1. If you have HIV-1 and take<br />

only TRUVADA, your HIV-1 may become harder to<br />

treat over time.<br />

TRUVADA can cause serious side effects:<br />

® Worsening of hepatitis B (HBV) infection.<br />

TRUVADA is not approved to treat HBV. If you have<br />

HBV and stop taking TRUVADA, your HBV may<br />

suddenly get worse. Do not stop taking TRUVADA<br />

without fi rst talking to your healthcare provider,<br />

as they will need to monitor your health.<br />

Who should not take TRUVADA for PrEP?<br />

Do not take TRUVADA for PrEP if you:<br />

® Already have HIV-1 infection or if you do<br />

not know your HIV-1 status. If you are HIV-1<br />

positive, you need to take other medicines with<br />

TRUVADA to treat HIV-1. TRUVADA by itself is not<br />

a complete treatment for HIV-1. If you have HIV-1<br />

and take only TRUVADA, your HIV-1 may become<br />

harder to treat over time.<br />

® Also take certain medicines to treat hepatitis B<br />

infection.<br />

What are the other possible side effects of<br />

TRUVADA for PrEP?<br />

Serious side effects of TRUVADA may also include:<br />

® Kidney problems, including kidney failure.<br />

Your healthcare provider may do blood tests to<br />

check your kidneys before and during treatment<br />

with TRUVADA. If you develop kidney problems,<br />

your healthcare provider may tell you to stop<br />

taking TRUVADA.<br />

® Too much lactic acid in your blood (lactic<br />

acidosis), which is a serious but rare medical<br />

emergency that can lead to death. Tell your<br />

healthcare provider right away if you get these<br />

symptoms: weakness or being more tired than<br />

usual, unusual muscle pain, being short of breath<br />

or fast breathing, stomach pain with nausea and<br />

vomiting, cold or blue hands and feet, feel dizzy or<br />

lightheaded, or a fast or abnormal heartbeat.<br />

® Severe liver problems, which in rare cases can<br />

lead to death. Tell your healthcare provider right<br />

away if you get these symptoms: skin or the white<br />

part of your eyes turns yellow, dark “tea-colored”<br />

urine, light-colored stools, loss of appetite for<br />

several days or longer, nausea, or stomach-area<br />

pain.<br />

Please see Important Facts about TRUVADA for PrEP including important warnings on the following pages.


We’re adventurous,<br />

not reckless.<br />

We know who we are. And we make choices that fit our lives.<br />

TRUVADA for PrEP is a once-daily prescription medicine that can<br />

help reduce the risk of getting HIV-1 when taken every day and used<br />

together with safer sex practices.<br />

® TRUVADA for PrEP is only for adults who are at high risk of getting HIV<br />

through sex.<br />

® You must be HIV-negative before you start taking TRUVADA for PrEP.<br />

Ask your doctor about your risk of getting HIV-1 infection and if<br />

TRUVADA for PrEP may be right for you.<br />

® Bone problems, including bone pain,<br />

softening, or thinning, which may lead to<br />

fractures. Your healthcare provider may do<br />

tests to check your bones.<br />

Common side effects in people taking TRUVADA<br />

for PrEP are stomach-area (abdomen) pain,<br />

headache, and decreased weight. Tell your<br />

healthcare provider if you have any side effects<br />

that bother you or do not go away.<br />

What should I tell my healthcare provider<br />

before taking TRUVADA for PrEP?<br />

® All your health problems. Be sure to tell your<br />

healthcare provider if you have or have had<br />

any kidney, bone, or liver problems, including<br />

hepatitis.<br />

® If you are pregnant or plan to become<br />

pregnant. It is not known if TRUVADA can<br />

harm your unborn baby. If you become<br />

pregnant while taking TRUVADA for PrEP, talk<br />

to your healthcare provider to decide if you<br />

should keep taking TRUVADA.<br />

® If you are breastfeeding (nursing) or plan to<br />

breastfeed. Do not breastfeed. If you become<br />

HIV-positive, HIV can be passed to the baby in<br />

breast milk.<br />

® All the medicines you take, including<br />

prescription and over-the-counter medicines,<br />

vitamins, and herbal supplements. TRUVADA may<br />

interact with other medicines. Keep a list of all<br />

your medicines and show it to your healthcare<br />

provider and pharmacist when you get a new<br />

medicine.<br />

® If you take certain other medicines with<br />

TRUVADA, your healthcare provider may need to<br />

check you more often or change your dose. These<br />

medicines include certain medicines to treat<br />

hepatitis C (HCV) infection.<br />

You are encouraged to report negative side<br />

effects of prescription drugs to the FDA.<br />

Visit www.FDA.gov/medwatch,<br />

or call 1-800-FDA-1088.<br />

Learn more at truvada.com


(tru-VAH-dah)<br />

IMPORTANT FACTS<br />

This is only a brief summary of important information<br />

about taking TRUVADA for PrEP TM (pre-exposure<br />

prophylaxis) to help reduce the risk of getting HIV-1<br />

infection. This does not replace talking to your<br />

healthcare provider about your medicine.<br />

MOST IMPORTANT INFORMATION ABOUT TRUVADA FOR PrEP<br />

Before starting TRUVADA for PrEP:<br />

• You must be HIV-1 negative. You must get<br />

tested to make sure that you do not already<br />

have HIV-1. Do not take TRUVADA for PrEP to<br />

reduce the risk of getting HIV-1 unless you are<br />

confi rmed to be HIV-1 negative.<br />

• Many HIV-1 tests can miss HIV-1 infection in<br />

a person who has recently become infected.<br />

Symptoms of new HIV-1 infection include fl u-like<br />

symptoms, tiredness, fever, joint or muscle aches,<br />

headache, sore throat, vomiting, diarrhea, rash,<br />

night sweats, and/or enlarged lymph nodes in the<br />

neck or groin. Tell your healthcare provider if you<br />

have had a fl u-like illness within the last month<br />

before starting TRUVADA for PrEP.<br />

While taking TRUVADA for PrEP:<br />

• You must continue to use safer sex practices.<br />

Just taking TRUVADA for PrEP may not keep<br />

you from getting HIV-1.<br />

• You must stay HIV-negative to keep taking<br />

TRUVADA for PrEP. <strong>Get</strong> tested for HIV-1 at least<br />

every 3 months while taking TRUVADA for PrEP.<br />

Tell your healthcare provider right away if you<br />

think you were exposed to HIV-1 or have a fl u-like<br />

illness while taking TRUVADA for PrEP.<br />

• If you do become HIV-1 positive, you need<br />

more medicine than TRUVADA alone to treat<br />

HIV-1. If you have HIV-1 and take only TRUVADA,<br />

your HIV-1 may become harder to treat over time.<br />

• See the “How to Further Reduce Your Risk”<br />

section for more information.<br />

w<br />

TRUVADA may cause serious side effects,<br />

including:<br />

• Worsening of hepatitis B (HBV) infection.<br />

TRUVADA is not approved to treat HBV. If you<br />

have HBV, your HBV may suddenly get worse if<br />

you stop taking TRUVADA. Do not stop taking<br />

TRUVADA without fi rst talking to your healthcare<br />

provider, as they will need to check your health<br />

regularly for several months.<br />

ABOUT TRUVADA FOR PrEP<br />

TRUVADA for PrEP is a prescription medicine<br />

used together with safer sex practices to help<br />

reduce the risk of getting HIV-1 through sex. This<br />

use is only for HIV-negative adults who are at<br />

high risk of getting HIV-1.<br />

• To help determine your risk of getting HIV-1, talk<br />

openly with your healthcare provider about your<br />

sexual health.<br />

Do NOT take TRUVADA for PrEP if you:<br />

• Already have HIV-1 infection or if you do not<br />

know your HIV-1 status.<br />

• Take certain medicines to treat hepatitis B<br />

infection.<br />

HOW TO TAKE TRUVADA FOR PrEP<br />

• Take 1 tablet once a day, every day, not just<br />

when you think you have been exposed to HIV-1.<br />

• Do not miss any doses. Missing doses may<br />

increase your risk of getting HIV-1 infection.<br />

• Use TRUVADA for PrEP together with condoms<br />

and safer sex practices.<br />

• <strong>Get</strong> tested for HIV-1 at least every 3 months. You<br />

must stay HIV-negative to keep taking TRUVADA<br />

for PrEP.


POSSIBLE SIDE EFFECTS OF TRUVADA FOR PrEP<br />

TRUVADA can cause serious side effects,<br />

including:<br />

• Those in the “Most Important Information<br />

About TRUVADA for PrEP" section.<br />

• New or worse kidney problems, including<br />

kidney failure.<br />

• Too much lactic acid in your blood (lactic<br />

acidosis), which is a serious but rare medical<br />

emergency that can lead to death. Tell your<br />

healthcare provider right away if you get these<br />

symptoms: weakness or being more tired than<br />

usual, unusual muscle pain, being short of<br />

breath or fast breathing, stomach pain with<br />

nausea and vomiting, cold or blue hands and<br />

feet, feel dizzy or lightheaded, or a fast or<br />

abnormal heartbeat.<br />

• Severe liver problems, which in rare cases can<br />

lead to death. Tell your healthcare provider<br />

right away if you get these symptoms: skin or<br />

the white part of your eyes turns yellow, dark<br />

“tea-colored” urine, light-colored stools, loss of<br />

appetite for several days or longer, nausea, or<br />

stomach-area pain.<br />

• Bone problems.<br />

Common side effects in people taking TRUVADA<br />

for PrEP include stomach-area (abdomen) pain,<br />

headache, and decreased weight.<br />

These are not all the possible side effects of<br />

TRUVADA. Tell your healthcare provider right<br />

away if you have any new symptoms while taking<br />

TRUVADA for PrEP.<br />

Your healthcare provider will need to do tests<br />

to monitor your health before and during<br />

treatment with TRUVADA for PrEP.<br />

BEFORE TAKING TRUVADA FOR PrEP<br />

Tell your healthcare provider if you:<br />

• Have or have had any kidney, bone, or liver<br />

problems, including hepatitis.<br />

• Have any other medical conditions.<br />

• Are pregnant or plan to become pregnant.<br />

• Are breastfeeding (nursing) or plan to breastfeed.<br />

Do not breastfeed. If you become HIV-positive,<br />

HIV can pass to the baby in breast milk.<br />

Tell your healthcare provider about all the<br />

medicines you take:<br />

• Keep a list that includes all prescription and<br />

over-the-counter medicines, vitamins, and<br />

herbal supplements, and show it to your<br />

healthcare provider and pharmacist.<br />

• Ask your healthcare provider or pharmacist<br />

about medicines that should not be taken with<br />

TRUVADA for PrEP.<br />

HOW TO FURTHER REDUCE YOUR RISK<br />

• Know your HIV status and the HIV status<br />

of your partners.<br />

• <strong>Get</strong> tested for other sexually transmitted<br />

infections. Other infections make it easier for<br />

HIV to infect you.<br />

• <strong>Get</strong> information and support to help reduce<br />

risky sexual behavior, such as having fewer sex<br />

partners.<br />

• Do not share needles or personal items that can<br />

have blood or body fl uids on them.<br />

GET MORE INFORMATION<br />

• This is only a brief summary of important<br />

information about TRUVADA for PrEP. Talk to your<br />

healthcare provider or pharmacist to learn more,<br />

including how to prevent HIV infection.<br />

• Go to start.truvada.com or call 1-800-GILEAD-5<br />

• If you need help paying for your medicine, visit<br />

start.truvada.com for program information.<br />

TRUVADA FOR PREP, the TRUVADA FOR PREP Logo, the TRUVADA Blue Pill Design, TRUVADA,<br />

GILEAD, and the GILEAD Logo are trademarks of Gilead Sciences, Inc., or its related companies.<br />

All other marks referenced herein are the property of their respective owners.<br />

Version date: April <strong>2017</strong><br />

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BY IAN-MICHAEL BERGERON<br />

@ianmichaelinwonderland<br />

Humble Pie<br />

The same week I ate<br />

bodega pumpkin pie<br />

on Thanksgiving (re: last<br />

week’s column), I was lucky<br />

enough to be on the cover<br />

of this very magazine you’re<br />

reading now.<br />

The Thanksgiving issue was<br />

a week shy of my one-year<br />

anniversary writing for <strong>Get</strong><br />

<strong>Out</strong>! <strong>Magazine</strong> and featured<br />

me, entirely nude and barely<br />

cropped, staring right at<br />

you. My column that week<br />

was something new, a very<br />

solemn look back on my<br />

first Thanksgiving in New<br />

York, spent alone, with an<br />

interview by Eileen Shapiro<br />

about my writing (and, of<br />

course, my sex life).<br />

I was so excited. I took every<br />

opportunity that week to<br />

go out, to take friends for a<br />

casual drink after work at any<br />

bar I knew had the magazine<br />

- Pieces, Boots and Saddle,<br />

Barrage, you name it. Then<br />

I’d feign embarrassment<br />

(before making them read it,<br />

and tell me how wonderfully<br />

the cover came out). I even<br />

sent a copy to my mom -<br />

yeah, my mom reads my<br />

column. (She also writes<br />

to me each time there’s an<br />

error, like when I improperly<br />

use a word or misspell<br />

something. She keeps me<br />

humble.)<br />

The next week, while my<br />

cover was still in circulation,<br />

a group of friends wanted<br />

to do karaoke - so naturally,<br />

I suggested a gay bar that<br />

had <strong>Get</strong> <strong>Out</strong>!. We met in<br />

the back, gathered at a long<br />

table: I wanted to wait for<br />

everyone to arrive before I<br />

“accidentally” discovered<br />

the magazine.<br />

Finally, with everyone<br />

drinking away and their<br />

karaoke choice in queue, I<br />

pretended to spot it. “Oh<br />

my God,” I said out loud,<br />

looking around, “they still<br />

have my cover!” I got up to<br />

snag a few to ogle at.<br />

On my way over to the bar,<br />

I noticed the bartender<br />

bringing over another<br />

big stack of magazines:<br />

this week’s <strong>Get</strong> <strong>Out</strong>. After<br />

placing them on the counter<br />

top, he placed a large<br />

garbage bin underneath,<br />

and, with a swift and easy<br />

motion, pushed all of my<br />

issues into it.<br />

I stopped short. Just like<br />

that, I became old news -<br />

my 15 minutes of fame (or,<br />

rather, seven days of fame)<br />

were over.<br />

I turned around - all of<br />

my friends were staring,<br />

and, all together, burst out<br />

laughing. I returned to the<br />

table, ordered a drink, and<br />

didn’t sing the whole night<br />

through.<br />

Don’t worry, that didn’t keep<br />

me down for long. I still<br />

have copies of my cover,<br />

and whenever I need a little<br />

pick-me-up, I pick one up<br />

and smile.<br />

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BY TYLER WHITE<br />

Broadway<br />

Lights<br />

the Season With<br />

‘Carols for a Cure’<br />

The Christmas season is in full<br />

show tune swing now that the<br />

latest volume of Broadway<br />

Cares/Equity Fights AIDS’<br />

“Broadway’s Carols for a Cure”<br />

album has arrived. The album<br />

pairs the casts from today’s<br />

leading Broadway musicals,<br />

including Dear Evan Hansen,<br />

Come From Away and Hamilton,<br />

with seasonal favorites, both<br />

classic and new. Once again, the<br />

result is pure magic and is sure<br />

to help make the <strong>2017</strong> holiday<br />

season shine brighter than ever<br />

before. Lynn Pinto, the album’s<br />

producer, explains more.<br />

BY GENEVIEVE RAFTER KEDDY


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When creating the first “Carols for a Cure” album in 1999,<br />

did you imagine you’d be doing it 19 years later?<br />

Lynn Pinto: We had no idea it would be such a fun, creative<br />

outlet for everyone and that theater fans would respond so<br />

favorably to it.<br />

How has the series grown through the years?<br />

That first year, we recorded in a church over a couple of days.<br />

It’s since evolved into a big production. We record over six<br />

weeks with a huge team of amazing professionals in some of<br />

the best studios in New York City.<br />

BY GENEVIEVE RAFTER KEDDY<br />

How does it work? Do you approach each show with the<br />

song you would like them to record for the album?<br />

The companies choose their songs. Most times, they’ve already<br />

chosen their song long before we even start scheduling the<br />

recording sessions.<br />

Was Billy Porter a dream to work with?<br />

Billy has sung on “Carols for a Cure” a few times, and he’s<br />

always fantastic! Such a pro. He knocks it out of the park every<br />

time he opens his mouth. Many Broadway singers aren’t as<br />

comfortable behind a microphone, but Billy knows exactly what<br />

he’s doing. He has a strong background in recording, so he<br />

instinctively knows what works and what doesn’t, and always<br />

gives us wonderful options to work with.<br />

Avenue Q’s “12 Days of Christmas” is simply adorable.<br />

Isn’t it? The company, led by Michael Liscio and Karl Mansfield,<br />

came up with the words and arrangement. They even brought<br />

along their puppets for photo ops after the session!<br />

How does the cast of CATS make “Joy to the World” their<br />

own?<br />

That particular single is so special to me! Brian Taylor, Andrew<br />

Zinsmeister and Max Calkin did such a creative arrangement,<br />

inspired largely by our current political state of affairs. They<br />

wanted to bring hope to the many of us who are despairing<br />

under the current administration, and their ingenious<br />

arrangement does just that. Mamie Parris (who stars as<br />

Grizabella in Cats) solos and brings such joy to the song.<br />

Every song is a gem.<br />

I agree. I’m always asked to pick a favorite, and I just can’t.<br />

I adore them all! Daniel Lincoln’s arrangement of “God Rest<br />

Ye Merry Gentlemen” and the stellar performance by the<br />

company of Wicked is incredible. Sharon Wheatley and the<br />

lovely ladies from Come From Away present a stunningly<br />

beautiful version of “It Came Upon a Midnight Clear.” The cast<br />

of Charlie and the Chocolate Factory perform a soulful version<br />

of “Do You Hear What I Hear,” and The Lion King’s version of<br />

the Stevie Wonder classic “Everyone’s a Kid at Christmas” is<br />

such a happy song, I’ve been singing it for weeks!<br />

What are some of the original songs featured on the album?<br />

Anastacia McCleskey and the cast of Waitress perform an<br />

original song by Sara Bareilles’ long-time guitar player Meghan<br />

Toohey. It’s wonderful!


The cast of The Phantom of the Opera<br />

surprised us this year with an original<br />

folk song called “Old Fashioned<br />

Christmas.” The Hamilton cast always<br />

comes up with something relevant,<br />

gorgeous and insightful, and this<br />

year was no exception. “Chester” is a<br />

Revolutionary War hymn with references<br />

to slavery, and six members of the cast<br />

wrote original raps to bring it into <strong>2017</strong>.<br />

I also have a special place in my heart<br />

for “This Is the Night,” a gospel song<br />

written and performed by NaTasha<br />

Yvette Williams from the incredible<br />

company of Chicago.<br />

Why is it important that fans of<br />

Broadway support the album?<br />

It’s important that everyone support<br />

Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS<br />

in whatever way they can. It’s an<br />

organization that began as a grassroots<br />

effort when so many in the Broadway<br />

community were feeling utterly helpless<br />

and hopeless from losing friends left<br />

and right. It has grown into a larger<br />

organization over the years, but the<br />

mission and heart of the BC/EFA remains<br />

the same. The contributions made in any<br />

form reach people in need all over the<br />

country and around the world. I hope<br />

that people support the album, because<br />

the music is imbued with so much love<br />

and spirit and [is] perfect for this most<br />

magical time of the year.<br />

“Broadway’s Carols for a<br />

Cure” can be purchased at<br />

BroadwayCares.org.


CYNDI LAUPER<br />

PHOTO CREDIT CHAPMAN BAEHLER


BY EILEEN SHAPIRO<br />

CELEBRITY CORRESPONDENT<br />

Cyndi<br />

Lauper<br />

and Friends:<br />

Home for<br />

the Holidays<br />

Once again Cyndi Lauper and an<br />

all-star line up will be performing live<br />

on the stage of The Beacon Theater<br />

in New York City in Cyndi Lauper<br />

and Friends: Home for the Holidays,<br />

an event benefiting the True Colors<br />

Fund, co-founded by Lauper to end homelessness amongst LGBT youth.<br />

The guests for this extravaganza, now in its seventh year, include Jackson<br />

Browne, Dr. John, Sandra Bernhard, Bridget Everett, Judy Gold, Peaches,<br />

Ricky Schroeder, Tommy Martinez, Ariana and the Rose, Wrabel, Paulina<br />

Rubio and more. It will be hosted by Carson Kressley on Saturday,<br />

<strong>December</strong> 9, at 8 p.m. Tickets can be secured at ticketmaster.com.<br />

Each year Lauper and the True Colors Fund make amazing strides in<br />

accomplishing the task of eliminating homelessness for LGBT youth. This<br />

year the fund hosted the third annual #40toNoneDay to raise awareness of<br />

LGBT youth homelessness, which has reached nearly 130 million people<br />

online in the past three years. They’ve sent free True Inclusion Toolboxes to<br />

nearly 500 service providers, which equip them to offer safe care for LGBT<br />

youth. They have facilitated the National Youth Forum on Homelessness and<br />

released “At the Intersections,” the most comprehensive resource on LGBT<br />

youth homelessness. They held the fourth annual 40 to None Summit, the<br />

only national annual gathering focused on innovative solutions to end LGBT<br />

youth homelessness in America, and other enormous accomplishments as<br />

well. The True Colors Fund is helping create a world where young people<br />

can be themselves.<br />

“At this pivotal time in our nation’s history, we need to unite - rather than<br />

divide - the country any further,” Lauper says. “At Home for the Holidays,<br />

we will come together to raise our voices and celebrate our differences. I’m<br />

so grateful to the artists, who are donating their time and talent to bring<br />

attention to this very important cause.”


Once again, it’s nearly time for your<br />

amazing Home for the Holidays,<br />

and you have fabulous friends<br />

joining you this year. What has the<br />

True Colors Fund accomplished this<br />

past year?<br />

Over the past year, the True Colors<br />

Fund has been busy in Washington,<br />

D.C., and all over the country, but our<br />

primary focus continues to be on ensuring<br />

that LGBTQ youth have access to safe,<br />

inclusive and welcoming services across<br />

the country. We have been working with<br />

a record number of service providers<br />

and communities to provide free training<br />

and support. We released a number of<br />

new toolkits and sent out over 500 of<br />

our True Inclusion Toolboxes to housing<br />

programs and other service providers this<br />

summer. We are working with all of the<br />

homeless youth service providers in the<br />

states of Minnesota and Nebraska to go<br />

through our True Inclusion Assessment,<br />

which allows us to identify what agencies<br />

are doing right and where there are gaps<br />

that need to be filled. Then, we provide<br />

them with recommendations and support<br />

them as they put those in place. We have<br />

also been working in communities, like<br />

Nashville, TN, Grand Rapids, MI, and St.<br />

Petersburg, FL, to help them develop and<br />

implement multi-year plans to prevent and<br />

end LGBTQ youth homelessness. And, our<br />

40 to None Summit last month was our<br />

best attended to date!<br />

How did you first become aware of<br />

the homeless crisis in the LGBTQ<br />

youth community?<br />

About 10 years ago, I had gone down to<br />

the Christopher Street Pier in New York<br />

City and met a number of LGBTQ youth<br />

who were experiencing homelessness. They<br />

shared their stories of being rejected by<br />

their families and the struggles they were<br />

having being homeless - especially the<br />

transgender young people. As a mom, I<br />

was worried about them and angry at the<br />

same time that as a society we were letting<br />

this happen to our young people. That is<br />

when I decided that I needed to do more<br />

and was a key moment in our deciding to<br />

start the True Colors Fund.<br />

“Not My Father’s Son” is a very<br />

emotional video and song. Do you<br />

believe that songs like that have the<br />

power to change the world?<br />

I have always believed in the power of song<br />

and music. I know music has gotten me<br />

through some of the darker hours. I hope<br />

when people hear this song, they leave<br />

the show and call their kids and tell them<br />

they love them. Or someone that they feel<br />

they have not been supportive enough and<br />

realize that and want to tell them they love<br />

them. Sometimes we are hardest on the<br />

ones we love the most.<br />

Do you have a hero or a musical<br />

idol?<br />

My mother and my husband are my<br />

heroes. Both of them have sacrificed so<br />

much for their families. My mom, as a<br />

single mother, raised me and my siblings.<br />

My husband really puts the interest of me<br />

and my son over his own. As for musical<br />

heroes, there are many, from the great Big<br />

Momma Thornton to Janis Joplin to David<br />

Bowie to Prince to Joni Mitchell. They all<br />

taught me so much through their music<br />

and inspired me as an artist.<br />

What advice would you offer<br />

someone in crisis, being thrown out<br />

on the street and not knowing where<br />

to turn?<br />

If you are still at home and need help,<br />

talk to someone in your life that you trust,<br />

and if you do not have someone, call The<br />

Trevor Project [at] (888) 989-2455 or<br />

the National Runaway Safeline [at] (800)<br />

RUNAWAY. If you have left your home, go<br />

to the closest service provider near where<br />

you are. They will help you.<br />

You can find a directory of agencies at<br />

truecolorsfund.org. You can also get<br />

connected to a program through the<br />

National Runaway Safeline. You are not<br />

alone; there are people and programs out<br />

there set up to help you. The first step is<br />

reaching out to them as quickly as you can.<br />

PHOTO CREDIT CHAPMAN BAEHLER


PHOTO CREDIT CHAPMAN BAEHLER<br />

If you could have your ultimate<br />

stage fantasy, what would you need<br />

to happen?<br />

I would like one day to have a show<br />

with really big production, like [an]<br />

amazing Vegas show. Think it would<br />

be fun to have one of those crazy, big,<br />

everything-you-can-think-of crazy stage<br />

productions.<br />

Are there any new projects that<br />

you are currently working on and<br />

can talk about?<br />

I just started writing songs for the<br />

musical adaption of “Working Girl.” It’s<br />

in the very early stages. Kim Rosenstock<br />

is writing the musical. She’s amazing,<br />

and I think we are going to really have<br />

fun together bringing this show to<br />

Broadway. Kinky Boots is still going<br />

strong on Broadway. I’m heading to<br />

Germany in a few days as Kinky Boots<br />

opens in Hamburg on <strong>December</strong> 3. This<br />

will be the sixth country the show has<br />

opened in. Can you believe it! The show<br />

has been seen by millions of people,<br />

and I’m proud the show that celebrates<br />

acceptance and love is so well received.<br />

I am about to launch a clothing, shoe<br />

and jewelry line with HSN on <strong>December</strong><br />

12. I’ve always loved fashion so much,<br />

so to have my own line is a dream come<br />

true. It’s called A Touch of Cyn. Watch<br />

the live premiere 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. EST<br />

on <strong>December</strong> 12.<br />

I’m also writing songs for a new CD,<br />

because I always feel the pull of the<br />

studio! I love recording, and I will be out<br />

on the road next summer again. Look for<br />

an announcement in the new year!<br />

Is there anything that I haven’t<br />

asked you that you’d like to<br />

include?<br />

Come and join me and all the amazing<br />

guests at Home for the Holidays on<br />

<strong>December</strong> 9. It is one big party that you<br />

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