Pop icon Cyndi Lauper spoke about her status as a gay icon in a HuffPost Live appearance.
"I'm friend and family, so...I live among my people," Lauper said. "My sister is part of the community, and my friends are part of the community ... I started to see discrepancies and things that weren't right, and I didn't want to just shut my mouth, because I don't believe in that."
The 59-year-old Lauper, who is currently promoting her new reality series "Still So Unusual," opened the True Colors Residence in New York City, the state's first permanent housing facility specifically for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) youth between the ages of 18 to 24, in 2011.