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True Colors Tour to Return to Utah

The popular gay-friendly True Colors Tour, which rocked several U.S. cities (including Salt Lake) in 2007, will hit the road on another whirlwind tour starting May 31.

Produced by True Colors Concerts in partnership with the Human Rights Campaign and presented by gay cable network Logo in support of newly created True Colors Fund of Stonewall Community Foundation, the five hour concert is scheduled for a 24 city North American tour this year. The tour was created in 2007 by pop artist Cyndi Lauper as a way to support the gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender community who have been among her most supportive fans since her debut in 1983.

“I’m so excited and honored that we’re taking True Colors out on the road again this year,” Lauper said. “We had a blast last year and we are proud that the tour also brought about visibility and discussions of issues that LGBT citizens face in our country today.”

This year Lauper will be joined by headliners Rosie O’Donnell, The B-52s and host Carson Kressley.  Special guests who will appear at select dates throughout the tour will include Wanda Sykes, Tegan and Sara, Regina Spektor, Joan Jett and the Blackhearts, Joan Armatrading, the Indigo Girls, Nona Hendryx, Deborah Cox and The Cliks.

A five-hour celebration of music, the True Colors Tour is also designed to raise awareness for gay and transgender issues, rights and equality, particularly in this election year.  

“Thanks to the overwhelming success of the first True Colors tour last year, we were able to send a loud and unmistakable message to all Americans that it is past time our federal hate crimes laws be updated to  include sexual orientation and gender identity,” said Human Rights Campaign President Joe Solmonese. “This year, we are going to build on the grassroots power of the tour by launching a massive, nonpartisan voter outreach campaign that will educate, engage and organize equality voters in this year’s election.”

“This year’s True Colors Tour will provide us with an historic opportunity to organize our community to achieve a powerful voice in the 2008 elections,” he continued.

Lauper agreed.

“This year the party only gets bigger and our message to the fans is to get out and vote in November,” she said.

"True Colors is a good way to get out the vote,” added The B-52s’ Fred Schneider, “and get out of the house and party!"

The True Colors Fund of Stonewall Community Foundation was created in 2008 to generate financial support to directly benefit the tour’s non-profit partners, CenterLink (a Washington, D.C.-based coalition of 168 gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender community centers in 45 states) and Parents, Families, Friends of Lesbians and Gays.

Funds for these organizations will be raised through sales of official benefit T-shirts, eBay auctions of tour memorabilia, and sales from the tour’s official jeweler, True Colors Jewelry Collection by Love & Pride that will launch in June. Individual donations to the fund for these organizations can also be sent through the tour’s Web site.

Additionally, the True Colors Fund will donate $1 of every ticket sold to the HRC.

Happily, the True Colors Tour will return to Utah on July 4. The tour will perform at the USANA Ampitheatre with special guests The B-52s, Rosie O’Donnell, Joan Armatrading and host Carson Kressley among several others.

Tickets go on sale Saturday, March 22 at 10:00 a.m. They will be available at all SmithsTix outlets (at 467-TIXX, 800-888-TIXX and smitshtix.com) and at The E Center.

The 2008 True Colors Tour will kick off Gay & Lesbian Pride Month at Boston’s Bank of America Pavilion on May 31.

For more information about the tour visit truecolorstour.com.

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