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Cyndi Lauper Addresses Hate Crimes Bill

Cyndi Lauper Addresses Hate Crimes Bill

Musician Cyndi Lauper is all smiles after President Barack Obama delivered remarks following the enactment of the Matthew Shepard and James Byrd, Jr. Hate Crimes Prevention Act in the East Room of the White House on Wednesday (October 28) in Washington, D.C.

Obama earlier signed the $681 billion U.S. defense budget bill which included a provision that makes it a federal hate crime to assault people based on gender, sexual orientation, gender identity or disability. Matthew Shepard was tortured and murdered in 1998 in Wyoming. Witnesses say he was targeted for being gay. Also in 1998, three white men in Texas chained James Byrd, a black man, to a pickup truck and dragged him to his death.

In a statement to JustJared.com, Cyndi says, “As a straight ally and as a person with many lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender family members, friends and fans, I want to thank the Human Rights Campaign, Judy and Dennis Shepard and Senator Edward Kennedy for their leadership in the 11 year struggle to get the Matthew Shepard & James Byrd, Jr. Hates Crimes Prevention Bill enacted. Finally, with President Obama‘s signature, violent hate crimes against the LGBT community will be recognized and prosecuted by the Federal government. This is only the beginning, I believe that the repeal of Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell and the Defense of Marriage Act, as well as the passage of the Employment Non-Discrimination Act, will soon be here. Today, that light at the end of the tunnel for the LGBT civil rights movement is much brighter.”

Cyndi is a longtime LGBT rights champion and is also the creator of the True Colors Tour and True Colors Fund.

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  • rosie

    Thank God. This has been a long time coming.

  • rhonda

    Obama was so proud of this legislation he hid it in the defense bill, congress could not pass the budget for SOLDIERS w/o passing gay barry bill. Proud day for gays, on the backs of fighting men and women, whimp boys are high fiving!

    HIDDEN IN DEFENSE BILL!

  • Roxy

    She says she’s straight but all her friends are gay! Right! Why not be proud Cyndi

  • jj

    This is just wonderful. 10 yrs in the making.

    RIP Mathew Sherpard and Senator Ted Kennedy.

  • michelle

    always on the back of someone else. RIP Mary Jo Kopechne

  • Jacob

    What about people that are killed because of their religion and/or religious beliefs?

  • daadsada

    Matthew Shepard was actually killed in a robbery. He just happened to be gay. (Or so I’ve heard).

  • marykook

    its really unbelievable. billions of dollars? there is violence and hate in every aspect of the world. yes, these things should be stopped, but just as terrorism, we are paying to try and change a mindset; a belief, not just something one has heard and not really known. think before you sign obama.

  • ophu

    Rhonda, in case you forgot, many of those “fighting men and women” are GAY. It’s only fitting that a hate crimes act should be passed in a DEFENSE bill.

  • Jacob

    What about people that are killed because they’re Jews, Muslims, or Christians?

  • ophu

    What about people that are killed because they’re Jews, Muslims, or Christians?

    ————————————————————

    They’re already covered under current federal anti-hate crimes law.

  • jj

    Wow bunch of ignorant rats on here. Some of you folks are just so unaware. I guess most people reading these blogs are dumb teens. Trolls!

  • Usuc

    Jews, Muslims, Christians….Societies problems. All are same.

  • ophu

    Since 1968, hate crimes have been defined as crimes against a person on the perception of that person’s race, religion or ethnicity. Those against expanding coverage to include sexual orientation are often either ignorant of this fact or are purposely ignoring it. And while Canada has laws against hate speech, the USA’s Constitution protects it under the 1st Amendment–another fact often not known or purposely overlooked.

  • hmm

    got to be careful about this one. we must not forget that this law can be used for both sides. if a gay man attacks a hetero man that can be deemed a hate crime too while a lawyer could argue that the gay male attacked the straight out of hate for his sexual orientation.

    i think the american legal system has good intentions but there are always those who will manipulate these laws to protect criminals. just saying…

  • Mary

    “violent hate crimes against the LGBT community will be recognized and prosecuted by the Federal government”
    FINALLY !!!

  • ellie’

    It’s about time… RIP Matthew…also harsher punishments on Adults with children for abuse and molested or Ra*ed….b/c I still don’t see harsh punishments for that in a lot of sites…

  • ellie’

    #17 CORRECTION ( STATES)… THING OF THE SITE..

  • rhonda

    @ophu:

    Well that would make them liars too!

  • Katelyn

    Reading these comments, I cannot believe the ignorance of people today. Has anyone read the Bill of Rights? Because if you have, you should know that this Hate Crimes Bill is in direct violation to the First Amendment.

    Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances.

    I encourage everyone of you to educate yourself: http://www.infowars.com/hate-crime-bill-is-a-trojan-horse-against-free-speech/

    Our founding fathers would be very disturbed if they were alive today, witnessing how our govt has violated our rights.

  • rhonda

    its going to the Supreme Court no doubt! This is nuts, because you have perverted sex your more special than other people.

    a sex act gives you special rights! People get robbed and killed in this country everyday, what makes a homo more important than my mom or dad or sister?

  • rhonda

    its going to the Supreme Court no doubt! This is nuts, because you have perverted sex your more special than other people.

    a sex act gives you special rights! People get robbed and killed in this country everyday, what makes a homo more important than my mom or dad or sister?

  • rhonda

    More good news from Obama, people infected with HIV now able to travel inside the Us. 22 year ban on people with aids traveling to US. For what purpose is this ban being lifted? we don’t have enough sick people in the US? is this good for gays? please tell me why we have to do this? Why to bother having a CDC or any standards at all.

  • chelsea

    @rhonda: oh shut up you stupid c*nt. this is a celebrity gossip site so dont bring your prejudice and ignorant views ot a site for gossip. you have some serious issues you stupid pathetic d*ke. if anything you are perverted because you are a pedophile for going on a teen website. So just SHUT THE HELL UP ALREADY! no one on this site gives a rats ass what your political or social views are. So just go away and be gay already, you know you want to, you sick freak.

  • Katelyn

    @chelsea of course, busy yourself with celebrities and gossip, while every single freedom you think you may have, is being taken away! you are the epitome of ignorance.

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  • Fed

    <333

  • Northpal

    Goodbye 1st Amendment
    Goodbye America
    Hope you enjoy what you wished for,

  • Northpal

    @Usuc:

    I can now have you charged for that statement, thanks to the new bill.
    How you like it so far asshole.

  • ChristKnows

    An understanding of the First Amendment & new ‘hate crimes’ legislation would alleviate much of inappropriate fear and anger being expressed. A victim’s sexual orientation has historically been found by juries to be an accepted justification for assault or murder.
    This legislation simply makes a criminal defense based on fear , confusion & ‘hatred’ regarding the victims gender identity or sexual orientation unacceptable. (Killing or assaulting a ‘faggot’ is no longer a lesser crime.)
    Speech is still speech, and it is still free. Assault & murder are still assault & murder, there are merely ‘by law’ less ways to get away with these crimes. If you are reading more into this legislation, perhaps you need to check yourself & search your own intentions and fears. PEACE.

  • Ann

    Cyndi Lauper is married and had a beautiful boy. She is a true friend of the LGBT Community. We should all support her music in recognizion to all of her hard work!! Bravo Cyndi!!!

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