Cyndi Lauper believes 50 Cent has turned over a new leaf from his previous anti-gay stance, so much so that she invited the rapper/entrepreneur to appear with her on stage at her annual charity concert benefiting homeless LGBT youth.
Fiddy joined Lauper on Saturday at New York City’s Beacon Theatre for her True Colors Fund’s annual Home for the Holidays concert, which raises money for homeless LGBT youth.
50 Cent is a surprising choice, given his history of homophobia. In 2010, the rapper tweeted a joke about shooting up a gay wedding in retaliation for a feud with blogger Perez Hilton. And around the time of Rutgers University student Tyler Clementi’s suicide over LGBT bullying, 50 suggested that men who didn’t enjoy sex with women should kill themselves to help make the world a better place.
But Lauper, a longtime advocate for the LGBT community, insists that 50 has changed his views. In a recent interview with Buzzfeed, Lauper says the rapper is a “a good guy,” and that “people evolve. That is what you have to leave yourself open for. You change the world when you change your mind.”
According to a press release, the True Colors Fund was founded “to inspire and engage everyone, especially straight people, to become active participants in the advancement of gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender equality."
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