The True Colors Tour will hit the road again this summer with an exciting new line-up of legendary and up and coming artists including headliners Cyndi Lauper, The B-52s, Rosie O’Donnell with host Carson Kressley and many more.

After receiving rave reviews and a successful debut in 2007, the True Colors Tour is expanding to meet demand in many more cities. The tour will kick off GLBT Pride Month on May 31, at Boston’s Bank of America Pavilion. 

Produced by True Colors Concerts in partnership once again with the Human Rights Campaign (HRC), the 24 city North American tour is presented by Logo in support of the newly created True Colors Fund of Stonewall Community Foundation.

The concerts feature nearly five hours of nonstop music with exciting special guests appearing on select dates throughout the tour including Wanda Sykes, Tegan and Sara, Regina Spektor, Joan Jett and the Blackhearts, Joan Armatrading, Indigo Girls, Nona Hendryx, Deborah Cox and The Cliks.

This year’s tour will highlight the need for the GLBT community and their straight allies to get out and make their votes count this fall.  HRC and this year’s other non-profit partners – CenterLink (the nation’s GLBT community centers) and Parents, Families, Friends of Lesbians and Gays (PFLAG) National - are joining with the True Colors Tour to bring together Americans across the country to voice their solidarity for GLBT equality and raise public awareness about the issues that face the GLBT community.

The True Colors Tour was conceived by Cyndi Lauper stemming from her desire to give back to the community for the love and support they have given her throughout her career. The True Colors Tour is a celebration of the basic values and freedoms that should be shared by all Americans. Fans will experience these values through the music of both legendary icons and the newest and coolest acts this generation has to offer.

“I’m so excited and honored that we’re taking True Colors out on the road again this year,” said tour producer and creator Cyndi Lauper.  “We had a blast last year and we are proud that the tour also brought about visibility and discussions of issues that GLBT citizens face in our country today. This year I am once again joined on the tour by an array of incredibly talented artists. The tour is a non stop five hour music party with a message. This year the party only gets bigger and our message to the fans is to get out and vote in November. The True Colors Tour asks for equality for all, not just for some, that is the principal upon which this country was founded. So let’s celebrate and have fun this summer while we spread the word to get out the vote and all become a part of the changes in this country.”

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

The True Colors Fund of Stonewall Community Foundation was created this year to generate financial support to directly benefit the tour’s non-profit partners.  Funds will be raised through sales of official benefit t-shirts, an eBay auction of tour and music memorabilia, the True Colors Jewelry Collection by Love & Pride, the tour's Official Jeweler, as well as individual donations to the fund by visitors to the tour’s Website. The True Colors Jewelry Collection, selected by Cyndi Lauper from creations made by renowned designer Udi Behr, is currently in production and will launch this June. In addition, through the True Colors Fund, $1 of every ticket sold will once again be donated to HRC.  

The Human Rights Campaign is the nation’s largest GLBT civil rights organization with more than 700,000 members and supporters nationwide.  HRC works to secure equal rights for GLBT individuals and families at the federal and state levels by lobbying elected officials, mobilizing grassroots supporters, educating Americans, investing strategically to elect fair-minded officials and partnering with other GLBT organizations.

“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. 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,” said Human Rights Campaign President Joe Solmonese. “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.”

Tickets for select cities will go on sale beginning March 15, and will be available at www.ticketmaster.com.

The True Colors Tour is presented by Logo and produced by True Colors Concerts, LLC in partnership with the Human Rights Campaign.

Logo, the leading digital cable channel and online source of entertainment from MTV Networks for the LGBT audience, is now available in 30 million homes and has 130 advertising partners supporting the channel which features a mix of original and acquired shows, movies and news.

“Cyndi Lauper helped make MTV famous 25 years ago and Logo is thrilled to partner with her today to help promote fairness and understanding,” said Lisa Sherman, executive vice president, general manager, Logo.

For the second year, SIRIUS Satellite Radio is the exclusive national radio partner of The True Colors Tour.  Various SIRIUS talk and music channels will promote True Colors, with flagship station SIRIUS OutQ – America’s GLBT Radio Station - creating a tour-long campaign spotlighting the True Colors mission. SIRIUS OutQ will also exclusively air a True Colors concert performance.

The True Colors Tour dates confirmed thus far are as follow:

May 31 - Boston, MA - Bank of America Pavillion

June 1 - Wantagh, NY - Nikon at Jones Beach Theater            

June 3 - New York, NY  - Radio City Music Hall                    

June 4 - Toronto, ON - Molson Amphitheatre  

June 6 - Mashantucket, CT - MGM Grand Arena at Foxwoods

June 7 - Washington, DC - DAR Constitution Hall  

June 9 - Minneapolis, MN - US Bank Theatre at Target Center

June 10 - Chicago, IL - Chicago Theatre

June 11 - Clarkston, MI - DTE Energy Music Theatre

June 13 - Atlantic City, NJ - Borgata Resort Spa & Casino                  

June 14 - Bethel, NY - Bethel Woods Center for the Arts

June 16 - Atlanta, GA  - Chastain Park Amphitheatre

June 17 - Atlanta, GA - Chastain Park Amphitheatre

June 18 - Clearwater, FL - Ruth Eckerd Hall

June 19 - Fort Lauderdale, FL - Frank Sinatra Theatre at Bank Atlantic Center

June 21 - Houston, TX - Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavillion

June 22 - Dallas, TX - The Superpages.com Center

June 25 - Phoenix, AZ - Dodge Theatre

June 27 - Alpine, CA  - Viejas Casino – Concerts in the Park

June 28 - Los Angeles, CA - Greek Theatre

June 29 - Berkeley, CA - Greek Theatre

July 1 - Seattle, WA - WaMu Theatre

July 2 - Vancouver, BC - Deer Lake Park

July 4 - Salt Lake City, UT  - USANA Amphitheatre

July 5 - Morrison, CO - Red Rocks Amphitheatre

For official tour and ticket information visit www.truecolorstour.com.

This article has been republished from Out & About Nashville, and was part of a series of first-person pieces written by the late Bobbi Williams.

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