As the gay rights community celebrates two major victories regarding the U.S. Supreme Court's recent same-sex marriage rulings, artists and employees alike are uniting across the Sony Music family to show their support. Sony Music Out Loud, an employee affinity group that encourages everyone, regardless of orientation, to be informed and get involved, has particularly been instrumental in providing platforms for conversation - from professional mixers to Lunch & Learn Sessions - and has even recruited long-time Sony Music artist Cyndi Lauper to the cause.
For one such event, Sony Music Out Loud colleagues helped organize a fundraiser for Cyndi Lauper's True Colors Fund. Highlighting her organization's Give A Damn Campaign, Lauper addressed the homelessness epidemic in the LGBT youth community before launching into an a capella rendition of her hit song "True Colors." As a founding member of Sony Music Out Loud, Wade Leak (SME's Senior Vice President and Deputy General Counsel) remarked: "I am very pleased with our group's contribution to the True Colors Fund and so proud of our role in organizing this event. We are all very lucky that Cyndi Lauper has chosen to put her celebrity behind such an important cause."
Continuing her fight for LGBT equality, this spring Lauper joined forces with Sony Masterworks to release the Original Broadway Cast Recording of Kinky Boots, which debuted at #1 on the Billboard's Top Broadway Albums Chart and at #51 on Billboard's Top 200 Chart. As the sole composer and lyricist for Kinky Boots The Musical - a heartwarming true story about a struggling shoemaker and his drag queen business partner - Lauper won this year's coveted Tony award for Best Original Score. In addition to Lauper's personal success, Kinky Boots was the standout show of the evening with honors including Best Musical and Best Actor in a Musical. While accepting her award, Lauper stated, "Diversity and acceptance have always made the city thrive, and that's what makes Kinky Boots thrive, and that's what it's about - diversity and acceptance, and that's something worth rolling your sleeves up and toiling for, no matter how many years."