Former Vice President Joe BidenJoseph (Joe) Robinette BidenElection Countdown: Dems outraise GOP in final stretch | 2018 midterms already most expensive in history | What to watch in second Cruz-O'Rourke debate | Trump raises 0M for reelection | Why Dems fear Avenatti's approach The Hill's Morning Report — Presented by the Coalition for Affordable Prescription Drugs — Pollsters: White college-educated women to decide if Dems capture House Election Countdown: Cruz, O'Rourke fight at pivotal point | Ryan hitting the trail for vulnerable Republicans | Poll shows Biden leading Dem 2020 field | Arizona Senate debate tonight 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 TrumpFive takeaways from Cruz, O'Rourke's debate showdown Arpaio files libel suit against New York Times IMF's Christine Lagarde delays trip to Middle East 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."