Cyndi Lauper Accepts Logo Trailblazer Honors Award: “I Couldn’t Stand On The Sidelines Anymore”

"Since I do have a big mouth, I might as well use it to help people who aren’t being heard."

Cyndi Lauper was among the honorees at the 2017 Logo Trailblazer Honors, a one-hour special celebrating pioneers in the LGBT rights movement.

The Grammy, Emmy, and Tony winner was saluted for her commitment to equality, as well as her work with the True Colors Fund, which helps homeless LGBT youth.

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“I never set out to be a trailblazer,” Lauper told the star-studded crowd at the Cathedral of St. John the Divine in New York. “I was a friend and family member who couldn’t stand on the sidelines anymore and be a bystander. I always felt that since I do have a big mouth, I might as well use it to help people who aren’t being heard.”

Hayley Kiyoko, Alex Newell, and Wrabel also honored Lauper during the show with a performance of “True Colors.”

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“It is truly an honor to be recognized as a trailblazer by Logo,” said Lauper in a previous statement. “I am friend and family to the LGBTQ community and it has been one of the greatest privileges of my life to stand arm-in-arm with the people I love and care about as we push towards equality.”

Other 2017 honorees included Alvin Ailey, Cleve Jones, and Will & Grace creators Max Mutchnick and David Kohan.

Watch Lauper’s full acceptance speech below.

Did you miss the show? Watch the 2017 Logo Trailblazer Honors in its entirety here.

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