Former Vice President Joe BidenJoseph (Joe) Robinette BidenBernie Sanders socialism moves to Democratic mainstream Biden: Aretha Franklin was 'part of the soul of the civil rights movement' Biden to Trump: If you think revoking Brennan's clearance will silence him, 'you just don't know the man' MORE is launching a new campaign to promote LGBTQ family acceptance, with the help of Cyndi Lauper and former NFL player Wade Davis.

The Biden Foundation announced Tuesday it was kicking off its new “As You Are” campaign, which aims to raise awareness about the significance of family in accepting LGBTQ young people.

“We’ll use our resources to highlight the harms of family rejection, and to lift up research, best practices, and personal stories to show the importance of family acceptance,” Biden said in a video to announce the launch of the social media campaign.


LGBTQ youth “continue to be among the most at-risk youth populations in America,” according to The Biden Foundation, and are “disproportionately more likely than their non-LGBTQ peers to experience homelessness, suffer from depression, and experience suicidal ideation.”

“Many of them have been kicked out of their homes, or no longer find it safe to stay at home,” Lauper, the Grammy Award-winning “Time After Time” singer and a longtime LGBTQ activist, says in the promotional video.

Sharing stories about family acceptance can “inspire” others, says Davis, a former Tennessee Titans cornerback who came out in 2012. 

Last year, Biden advised the LGBTQ community to hold President TrumpDonald John TrumpBrennan fires new shot at Trump: ‘He’s drunk on power’ Trump aides discussed using security clearance revocations to distract from negative stories: report Trump tried to dissuade Melania from 'Be Best' anti-bullying campaign: report MORE's administration accountable for the commander in chief's vow to be an ally.

"Hold President Trump accountable for his pledge to be your friend," Biden told a private LGBT gala hosted by the Democratic National Committee.

Biden publicly announced that he supported same-sex marriage in 2012, just a few days before then-President Obama said he supported it as well. The 75-year-old ex-VP has called transgender equality the "civil rights issue of our time."

As part of the campaign, “As You Are” is collecting personal stories that will be shared, Biden says, with the hope of changing "the culture and ensure a bright future for the LGBTQ young people of America."