The most important thing that emerges from Lauper's memoir is that she is a true gay rights activist. She's not exploiting the gay community like Lady Gaga. She lost her great friend Gregory to AIDS in 1986 and wrote a touching song called "Boy Blue." However, it was her number one hit "True Colors" that became a gay anthem and helped the lives of many gay men during the AIDS crisis.
As the 80s ended, so did Lauper's mainstream career. Her 1989 album "A Night to Remember" was barely promoted by Epic Records, despite containing some of the best music of her career. The same can be said for her 1993 album "A Hat Full of Stars." But Cyndi kept on performing because that's what she loves.
Even though Lauper's last hit was in 1989, her influence is easily seen in many of today's stars such as Lady Gaga, Katy Perry, Nicki Minaj, etc. She has proven that you don't need publicity stunt organizations like the Born This Way Foundation to show your loyalty to the gay community; it comes naturally with the music. After reading Cyndi Lauper's latest memoir, you will be mesmerized and inspired.