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Jama Shelton Forty to None Project

By Charlotte Robinson, February 21, 2013
Fierce gay ally Cyndi Lauper co-founder of True Colors Fund & executive director Gregory Lewis have announced the appointment of Jama Shelton as the new director of the fund’s Forty to None Project. Launched in June 2012, the Forty to None Project is the first & only national organization focused solely on bringing an end to LGBT youth homelessness. The creation of the project director position is part of the True Colors Fund’s expanded commitment to giving a voice to the nearly forty percent of the 1.6 million homeless youth who identify as gay or transgender & marks the first position of its kind on the national level. Jama Shelton stated, “I’m honored by the confidence that Cyndi & Gregory have shown in my ability to lead the Forty to None Project. In my years doing this work, I have learned that gay, lesbian, bisexual & transgender homeless youth have very specific needs. As the first director for the Forty to None Project, my work will focus on making sure that those young people’s needs are met & that they have a voice that is sorely missing in society today.” Shelton is a nationally recognized expert & leader on the issue of gay & transgender youth homelessness. During her 9-year tenure at the Ali Forney Center in New York City she played an integral role in the building of the most expansive housing program in the nation for gay & transgender youth. Shelton will assume her new responsibilities on March 1st.

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