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VIDEO: Open letter from Cyndi Lauper on Give a Damn Campaign

As we work to grow the Give a Damn Campaign, we will be highlighting a specific issue that is impacting gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender people each month. In July, we’re shining a spotlight on the discrimination that families headed by gay and lesbian parents face every day in this country.

As a mom, I struggle to understand why anyone would want to keep a responsible person who wants to raise a child from being able to do so—especially children who are stuck in foster care and longing for a family that will love and take care of them. Also, I wonder why families headed by gay parents aren’t offered the same protections that families headed by straight parents receive?

Unfortunately, in the United States, that is exactly what happens.

In this letter you will find links to personal stories and information, as well as our newest Damn Video, that will help you get informed and get involved in helping these parents and families.

On other fronts, it’s been a busy summer for equality. We have seen positive developments, like three nations—Portugal, Iceland and Argentina—legalizing marriage for gay couples, and the U.S. House of Representatives and the Senate Armed Services Committee voting to repeal the “Don't Ask, Don't Tell” policy. But on the flip side, we saw the governor of Hawaii veto the civil unions bill that had strong public support and hate crimes that continue to happen all over the country.

We will continue to highlight news items like these daily on our Damn Blog, so be sure to check it out regularly. Another easy way to stay up on the (damn) news and learn new ways to make a difference is to follow us on Facebook and Twitter.

Finally, you can help spread the message of equality by wearing our damn merchandise! The Damn Store opened in June, and we have a bunch of great t-shirts available. Please come back and browse often, as we plan on adding new merchandise throughout the year.

Thanks again for giving a damn about equality and for stepping up to show your support by joining our campaign!