UPDATE: Ali Forney Center’s Donation Campaign To Buy Harlem Hate Church Tops $75K In First 48 Hours

AMAZING! On Thursday we learned that Harlem’s infamous “Jesus Would Stone Homos” hate church will be placed to public auction on February 24th due to over $1M in unpaid debts. Late Friday afternoon the Ali Forney Center, which serves homeless LGBT youths, announced a campaign to buy the building and the donation drive has already rocketed above $75,000. AFC founder Carl Siciliano tells us that a huge chunk of the donations have come from the JMG community. Let’s keep that thermometer rising!38percent From the campaign page:

AFC, whose Harlem based programs provide 50,000 meals a year for homeless LGBT youth and offers interventions such as medical and mental health care, case management, educational and career services, plant to utilize the Atlah site to provide housing to LGBT youths. AFC also plans to launch a catering business run and operated by its clients.

AFC hopes to raise at least $200K through an initial public fundraising effort, and will seek to leverage those funds to obtain additional support from local government, major donors and foundations. If the Ali Forney Center is not able to obtain the building, it commits to utilize any funds raised to increase its housing and vocational services for homeless LGBT youth in another site.

It’s hoped that we’ll see another big spike in donations tomorrow as people return to their offices and share the campaign with co-workers. AFC is also pushing to get the campaign into the national press. That ATLAH has been classified a hate group by the SPLC should help.

IMPORTANT: “Donations can also be made through Paypal. To do so, enter [email protected] as the payee address. Enter “Harlem No Hate” under instructions so that we may track donations on this page. “

RELATED: Yesterday ATLAH Pastor James David Manning wailed on Twitter that “sodomites are trying to silence me!” YES. Let’s do that.

DONATE HERE.

View the LOVE NOT HATE goal thermometer.

  • Steven Leahy

    Maybe I’ll just have to donate again!

    • Mark

      I’ve been thinking the same thing – – looking at my checking account in the morning to see what I can do.

  • j.martindale

    I am getting money back on taxes soon. A few more bucks won’t hurt.

    • Anastasia Beaverhousen

      I cashed in some stock options from my company last week. It’s like found money so when the deposit is made I will make sure to make another donation In honor of my favorite homophobe in Alabama.

      • Reality.Bites

        I thought all Stan’s money was borrowed and that’s why you divorced him.

        • Anastasia Beaverhousen

          Yes but remember I married Finister and Jackie married Beverly, and while short in stature he was high in cash.

          • dcurlee

            Till Beverly got sucked off the balcony 😛

          • Wayne Alan Blood

            Now THAT was a blowjob!

          • JT

            And Vince became a record executive in the 1970s. Oh wait …

      • perversatile

        I just called my Mom to wish her a “Happy Birthday”

        Me- You know how you’re always saying you’re an old lady and you don’t want or need anything.

        Mom- Yep

        Me- I didn’t get you anything.

        Mom- I’ll remember that when your birthday comes up next, nothin’s sadder than a birthday card with no cash in it.

        I then told Mom I made a donation to AFC and the kind of work they do, who they help, goals etc. and even though she was completely unfamiliar with the Ali Forney Center, Mom totally knew who that “Asshole with the semen in the coffee” was.

        Mom- well that’s a real good present sweetie, I better not get a bunch of junk mail like the time your Aunt Alice planted a tree instead of getting Christmas presents that year.

        Me- No Mamma

        Mom -ya know, you should have made a donation in your Dad’s name. That would of really pissed him off.

        We are both laughing and I hear my step-dad in the background- “what are you hootin’ about?” Then a muffled exchange and Mom comes back still giggling,

        Mom- My husband wants to know how much it cost

        Me- What cost?

        Mom- to make a donation to the Ally Macbeal place,
        and get a brick for Jimmy Earl* with his name on it.

        Moments like this really show, who your people are, and why you turned out like you did. I hope I’m even half that cool when I’m 76.

        *My extremely racist, homophobic rat-bastard father.

        • David Walker

          I love cool stories about cool families. You raised you mom very well.

          • perversatile

            Thank you.
            Sunday dinner at my Granny’s house, I’m about 15 years old.

            Dad- You got all your Mamma’s bad qualities and none of my good ones.
            I just roll my eyes, grin and wait for it:

            Mom- Did someone punch you in the fuckin’ head?
            Granny- Thank God, I couldn’t handle another one like you.
            Grandaddy- Is that what you really think son?
            Aunt Louise to Mom- keep up the good work

            Uncle Wayne- That’s better than you deserve.

      • Homo Erectus

        Would that be a certain dick-head chief justice?

      • Ginger Snap

        My retail “holiday” bonus will be rolling in in February just in time to donate big. I don’t have billions but what I do earn I always give back to my community when I can. This is what love looks like.

        • perversatile

          For Ginger Snap
          This Is What Love Looks Like

          Love doesn’t know the difference
          between punctuality and causality.
          Sometimes Love is too shy to speak first.
          Sometimes Love jumps up and down,
          shouting, Here I Am! Here I Am! and no one hears.

          Love is woefully ignorant of the rules to Hide and Seek.
          Love knows all the best hiding places.
          Occasionally, for no reason at all, Love will break you,
          and you’ll never break in that same way again.
          Sometimes Love is a tiny second.
          A tiny second too terrified to speak,
          knowing your heart will explode if you don’t.
          That tiny second when Courage battles Fear, and loses. That tiny second when Fear grows brave and says
          “‘I love you”

          That tiny second is
          where Love hides when it wants to be found.
          Is why stars explodes and silly things make us cry.
          It’s why excitement is never proportionate to it’s cause.
          It’s why you get mad when you’re scared,
          It’s why we talk to animals, listen to sea shells and behave better when we’re around friends.
          Its why sometimes people we barely know,
          are exactly what Love looks like.

          • Ginger Snap

            Absolutely beautiful, thank you darling.

          • perversatile

            I’m glad you liked it.

  • BobSF_94117

    He owes $1M in back taxes. But that building has to be worth a lot more, no?

    • dcurlee

      I agree but even if they don’t get the building the money goes to a good cause.

    • Mark

      I don’t know the laws in New York, but in many places, simply paying the back taxes will secure the person paying the property.

      Anyone know what the laws are in NY?

      • Anastasia Beaverhousen

        Living in NY state, I know that in our village if taxes are in arrears, you can get the building if there are no other lien holders.

    • JustSayin’

      Yes it is however NYC has what is called tax lien foreclosure and it works just like a mortgage foreclosure.

      The hate fucks were notified about the liens and failed to pay, now the city wiil sieze the deed and title, auction off to the higbest bidder to recover the owed monies and then foreclose on the property before handing it to the auctuon winner. The winner has now acquired full ownership of the property without any of the previous mortgages or debt remaining. It is free and clear except for any financing they did to get the winning bid.

      The lenders or other lien holders can then sue the previous owners to recover what is owed them. The banks will most likely write off the loss, but other lien holders will have to take the hate fucks to court.

      If an angel gives ali forney the est. $1 million owed they can make an all cash offer which the city will prefer and if they are the only NFP all the better. Having another property in the same neighborhood is an additional benefit as it makes them look like a good neighbor and better party to be responsible and improve the area.

  • KCMC

    LOVE away the hate. More, more, more!!! https://youtu.be/JpDqExNfKsM

  • Sam_Handwich

    i have a problem with the plan to put homeless gay teens in that building.

    i understand the snark factor of AFC taking over that particular property, but is it giving full consideration to the safety of the kids down the road?

    • j.martindale

      Any particular reason for your concern?

      • Sam_Handwich

        they’re evicting crazy anti-gay people from the building, led by a guy who wants to kill gay people

        • Necessitas

          Sadly, you’ll have that in any neighborhood in America.

        • Cuberly

          It’s interesting you mention this. The first question that popped in my head was, just how secure can they make that building.

          • TuuxKabin

            I’ve worked in ‘residences’ in NYC and there are budgeted departments, security is always one of them. The building looks secure, and as mentioned above the kids maybe familiar with the neighborhood, and the neighborhood with them. Maybe I’m too optimistic, but if we have nothing to fear but fear itself, why bring it up?

          • Cuberly

            Oh don’t get me wrong. This is still a great cause and I’m working on getting more friends/acquaintances contributing. It’s a large building that could be used for doing a lot of good.

          • TuuxKabin

            I didn’t take your thread as anything but concern for the kids and good to you spreading the word! El husbian and I are doing like wise.

        • witch

          And that guy is crazy enough to burn the building down in the name of his brand of god

    • Necessitas

      There are others contending for the building as well, at least two other parties of which I am aware. It’s looking like a three-way race, so the highest bidder will likely win.

      • BearEyes

        Who are the other 2 parties, if you would, please?

        • Necessitas

          River of Life church, an LGBT inclusive church, and “an unnamed party which has expressed interest in the property in the past”.

          • BearEyes

            thanks.

      • Sam_Handwich

        is Starbucks in on the bidding? 😀

        • TuuxKabin

          That was brought up yesterday when somebody mentioned they had contacted the, I guess, executive offices and a kind of generic reply which appeared to indicate no body was really there, it being the weekend, and the hope was on Monday the person overseeing requests would ‘really’ read it and hopefully reply. That’s why I’m hopeful Monday will bring in more pledges and donations. Business day and back to work.

        • DaddyRay

          I would love to see a joint venture between Ali Forney Center and Starbucks where they put a Starbucks in part of the building and employ some of the homeless youth to help get them on their feet.

    • Lazycrockett

      Better to be protected in a building than outside alone on the streets.

      • Sam_Handwich

        i didn’t say they should be on the streets. is this the only building in NYC?

        • TuuxKabin

          Don’t know about other buildings, but it is located down the block from a AFC drop in center. So the kids are aware of the neighborhood and hopefully the neighbors are aware of the kids. Also I think it is a matter of strike while the iron is hot, seize the opportunity, if possible.

          • Lazycrockett

            “While the iron is hot” totally agree this is getting PR and making the rounds so its good for support that might normally not be there.

        • StraightGrandmother

          Well Sam_H this is the building The executive director wants and so I wouldn’t second guess him. I think it is a huge draw to have their headquarters just down the block.

          • Ninja0980

            Indeed, and if there is a person that knows about safety of LGBT youth, it’s him.

    • Six Pins Delores

      A good question.

      It surely has a large kitchen facility where they can provide job training for a catering business but I wonder about the security for the kids not only in the neighborhood as it may be but also as it is being a secure and safe place from natural disaster like they experienced with Sandy

      • TuuxKabin

        Harlem is at a higher elevation than Lower Manhattan and this location is more or less in the center of Manhattan. Flooding from a hurricane should not be a problem until the oceans rise much higher, then we’re all sunk.

        • Six Pins Delores

          Thank you. I have been wondering because they say it is close to where the current AFC site is at.

  • Necessitas

    Pastor Manning, we’re not trying, we’re succeeding! If God loves you so much, why are you a million in debt and losing your hate church?

    • CPT_Doom

      Besides, we’re not silencing him, just trying to take away his current billboard. He will still be able to speak his mind the same as any other American, by trolling sites like this :-).

      • Alex in Idaho

        There’s always the subway…

      • That sign (which has no permit) advocates murdering us! Inciting violence is a crime. If Manning were sane, bible reading would compel him to DONATE too. Here’s my newest comment on the AFC fundraiser thermometer page + Facebook:
        Jay Sheckley ·
        Writer/Editor Fiction, Journalism, Humor OMG!!
        In 2 days, $90K raised to buy Reverend Manning’s failed “Execute the
        Homos” church from the city –evil sign and all!– to house abandoned gay
        and trans kids! This may be Joe Jervis’s idea. Joe writes the viral
        awardwinning gay news blog JoeMyGod.com.
        Read it! Anyhoo, Paypal’s not on the donation page, and wasnt on this
        one. So I wrote Joe, and SHAZAM the text above changed. To Paypal:
        “Enter [email protected] as the payee address. Enter ‘Harlem No
        Hate’ under instructions so we may track donations on this page.” If
        you pay on the main page, you can also make automatic monthly gifts.
        AFC serves 50,000 meals a year. Big kids EAAT grin emoticon
        May this keep working past the goal until AFC has enough to buy the
        place outright. Bookmark this page and watch the $weetness rise. Tell
        your friends! Together, we gonna BUY that church! HALLELUJAH ! Spread
        the word! grin emoticon As Joe writes [somehow in the Wicked Witches voice],”Fly my Pretties!” Make it so.

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    • wylekat

      Yeah… there is that.

  • Lazycrockett

    and that’s how you do it.

  • David Walker

    Looked at the account and they deposited the amount early. HOORAY!!!! Just visited their and made my contribution. How satisfying! So much good done with one visit. I have despised Manning for so long, I have wanted to do something for our kids even longer…it feels like the perfect gift. Thank you, Joe, for pointing this out to us, and congratulations, Carl, on the excellent work you do.

  • Duane Dimitrov

    Jesus christ.

    Now I just gave ANOTHER $100.

    People, give. We are going to keep passing around this donation plate until it’s full, so you might as well just give now.

    • TuuxKabin

      Most of us are giving what we can. There are some limitations to giving and from some threads it appears people have stretched their budgets to be able to give. But, I hear ya’!

      • Steven Leahy

        Totally agree. Those who cannot give, or who can give a limited amount, I totally understand, Those who can afford it, cough it up! $$$! LOL

    • Mark

      HUGS Duane!!!

    • Mark

      Oh hell I can tell you’ve been in a church!!! LOL!!

  • zhera

    Excellent! Tomorrow there WILL be lots more donations.

    It still irks me though, to think about those pizza place people who raised almost a million dollars in just a few days (?), and that was pure hate motivated. But good causes like this one will never see the same level of donations. It makes me ashamed to be human.

    • Mark

      It is, pardon my french, fucking sad!!! Why is it hate generates more money than love? I just don’t get it.

      • David Walker

        I’m inclined to believe that it’s the way xnty is practiced in these United States.

        • rabbit_ears

          You want to get angry or depressed or both watch “Jesus Camp” on Netflix.
          http://www.netflix.com/title/70054721

          • Steven Leahy

            I think I have that in my watch list, but haven’t been able to bring myself to do it. Maybe get some alcohol first.

          • BearEyes

            You’re going to need it. And you’ll still scream at the torture and abuse.

          • rabbit_ears

            The one thing that sticks in my mind was this preacher woman in front of the kids. She said xtians got too fat and lazy to fight sin and Satan. The irony is this woman could easily top 300 pounds and looks like she lives in a 7-11. I just wanted to scream “Get a fucking mirror!” at her.

            Then she had the nerve to quote old testament shit at these kids, but quite obviously left out all the parts about how women should be the property of men, and all that crap that would basically have them chained to the home, living in a closet like a tool only to be used when needed. My blood pressure went right through the roof.

          • BearEyes

            Seen, but not heard.
            They never learn.

          • rabbit_ears

            Believe me you’ll need it. The only bright spot in it was a xtian talk radio show where a listener called in to say that Christianity is getting mean and warlike, and he didn’t recognize it anymore basically. The host agreed.

          • David Walker

            Oh, god, no. These drive me nuts. I felt frustrated Friday when I couldn’t help AFC. This sort of thing pushes every button on my angry side and I stomp around for days thinking about it and wishing ill to the leaders. I’m feeling pretty good right now. I’ll pass.

          • rabbit_ears

            I’ll give you that get out of jail free card. It got my fur up so bad I just wanted to take those kids to the nearest child protective services shelter, then SLAP every adult involved physically and legally with abuse charges.

          • Ninja0980

            It boggles my mind how parents are allowed to abuse their children in the name of religion and get away with it.

          • Steven Leahy

            Please don’t feel bad about it. You’re out and an active advocate for LGBT issues, and I am sure you have done many good works of different types throughout your life.

      • Because humans are, by their nature, hateful, small-minded, and heartless. It takes great effort of Will to be kind, generous, loving and fearless… and Americans won’t do ANYTHING that requires any kind of effort. How else would you explain the success of that POS Facebook?

        • Steven Leahy

          Agree, and people love us vs. them – they love posse-ing up on others.

    • GanymedeRenard

      Cheer up! At least Brian Brown didn’t reach his goal last year. That alone makes me smile! 😉

    • rabbit_ears

      Look at the opposite side of the coin, Joe’s blog is a single entity that doesn’t get the same amount of press that right wing bigots generate with their obtuse small-minded antics. They got news press galore and it snowballed faster.

      Our little community did this much in three days without the press (yet, hopefully this gets in front of them soon). On top of that, these three days are typically slow days on the blog because a lot of us are out doing weekend events. I think we did pretty darn well considering our size and the timing. I hope Joe keeps posting updates to keep this in front of the readers who don’t typically show up regularly on weekends.

      Now that the weekend is ending lets hope it does get more press and more corporate commitments for donations and donation matching etc.

      I think our little team has done pretty darned well considering the obstacles we have. Cheers to us all!

      • David Walker

        Cheers and a hallelujah and maybe a Ramen/amen, too. I check in here and to the Forney site and smile.

      • zhera

        Thank you for your positive view! I sometimes need to be reminded of how wonderful people can be. 🙂

      • Ninja0980

        Indeed, sad to say but the haters have twitters set up just for them and they use it very well.
        As you said though, look at what we’ve been able to get so far.
        And it’s being done out of love, not out of hate.

        • Homo Erectus

          It makes the baby jeebus smile.

      • Robincho

        And now, for once, a reason to look forward to Monday!…

    • DumbHairyApe

      Keep in mind that hate money, though it might be a larger quantity, is UGLY money and disappears fast. LOVE money, especially LGBTQ colored, influences and lasts a lifetime and the money is PRETTY!!!

      • zhera

        And it definitely smells better!

      • Robincho

        Money is fungible. That Andrew, Ulysses, or Ben in your wallet doesn’t care whether you send it to Ali Forney or Muck Fuckabee. But YOU do, and that’s where the formidable Mme. Karma enters the picture. All of our anti-Manning donations are wreathed in her good graces…

    • William

      Think how many of the donors are the same folks who send their entire Social Security check to a tv preacher because he said that he had a vision of Jesus. Not many of the readers or posters here are going to send off all their money for the month and be reduced to eating store brand dog food.

      • zhera

        Hmmm…. if only AFC had the lacking morals to do some Jesus grifting. They’d be swimming in money in no time!

        • Homo Erectus

          Joe needs a new jet airplane.

          • TheManicMechanic

            Or a new hat! 😉

          • Robincho

            Except that Creflo Jervis doesn’t really have the proper ring to it…

          • Homo Erectus

            Dollar Jervis??? I’m glad he doesn’t have the grift disease.

  • this is when you send the email to all your straight coworkers and friends who probably don’t read Joe too often, but are on our side. remember, post holiday fundraising is the hardest, so couch your terms and cash in some favors. the trick here is that this is literally the funniest moment in fundraising ever. you really don’t get very many opportunities like this one. laugh + doing good = moar chex.

    i worked in fundraising for a while and all i can say is i wish i’d had something like this when i was trying to get the big juices flowing. everyone hates Monday Mornings at work; this is the perfect “email i’m going to open and look like i’m working” that will lead to lolz and $$ for AFC. if you’re like me you rarely ask people not in your inner circle for donations, but i see this one as a very good time.

    • David Walker

      We’re speaking the same language on this one, chicago dyke. I was going to post this on Facebook, but will work tonight on an email for sending tomorrow.

  • McShane
    • Todd Allis

      Just passed halfway!

  • bambinoitaliano

    Okay who is the sugar daddy here?!!!

    • Bad Tom

      We’re ALL sugar daddies and mommies.
      ——-
      That’s why we rock.

  • Joe, please find a way to keep this post up until Friday – I’m flat broke until then.

    • David Walker

      Mommie!!!! How wonderful to see you here again. Been concerned, and there’s no way to find out about anyone. If you were ill, I’m delighted you’re on your way to being well. If you’ve been away on a trip, sorry it’s over but welcome back!

      • David, m’love, neither of the above. I’ve changed jobs – gone back to technical escalations at HR Block – and tax season has started. I cease to exist between Dec. 10th and May 1st. And by the end of it all, if I hear the words “my return was rejected, something must be wrong with Blockworks” again I’ll rip that person to shreds and feed him to my cats!

        • BearEyes

          Congrats on the new job. As someone who is also ‘customer facing’, I understand fully.

          • Customers are easy, B.E. I deal with Tax Pro’s and Office/District managers and Franchise Owners all day… just because they’ve been doing taxes for a living for 30 years, all of a sudden they know how to troubleshoot Java…? LOL

          • BearEyes

            LOL – get it. (senior IT manager here) Some of my customers are VPs and think they know what their minions actually do. Sometimes, it’s cute – other times – not so much, but you learn to deal with them. Once in a while, I get to shut them down. I love those days.

        • Steven Leahy

          I have to pay Nebraska, again 🙁 So I’ll be waiting to file mine till later.

          • Ugh… you’d have to wait anyway. Nebraska’s DOR screwed up their efile forms so some of them would get rejected anyway. Targeted date for release is Feb 9th… mind you, I said “targeted.”

          • Steven Leahy

            Thanks for the info. and the heads up! I do mine online on Turbo Tax – have completed but not submitted. I will wait.

          • Be glad you’re not in Ohio. They got hit with a major deluge on opening of efile, and their system collapsed. They don’t expect to be able to process efiled returns for another 30 days.

          • Robincho

            Put “In honor of Ernie Chambers” on the memo line…

        • I face that crush myself – I answer phones for the IRS as a seasonal, they called me back a month early and plan on keeping me 3 months past my normal release date. I whimper quietly to myself because no one seems find my not getting 6 months off to be that awful, sigh.

        • Oh Mommie I’ll raise a pint of cider for you tonight. At my previous job, I spent several years as one of the system engineering support bitches for hrblock.com and I lost way too much sleep doing that job.

        • Bj Lincoln

          My step father does taxes and disappears until April 15th. It’s their vacation money as they live on a fixed income. He hates dealing with unprepared people and the public in general. Lol

    • Silver_Witch

      Mommie Dammit – $10 in your name! Kisses!

  • Steven Leahy

    I just did $75 more. Joe, I would love to see a link to this on the other LGBT blog sites out there!

    • David Walker

      Thanks, Steven. And while I agree that other sites should donate space to the story and the campaign, I feel so proud to be here where it started, and with all the people I enjoy and who are so generous. We still have work to do, but DAMN does participating in this feel good.

      • Steven Leahy

        I so agree with you. I wonder if they can tell from where donations came – I guess they can through how the link was accessed? HMM.

        • BearEyes

          Yes. a website can see where the originating traffic (linked) came from. i.e. from Joe’s site to AFCs.

        • David Walker

          As BearEyes mentioned, they’ll know. Friday night, though, someone said s/he put “joemygod.com” in the business block. I did that, too.

    • timncguy

      I’ve seen this on Towleroad and Huffington Post

  • Steverino

    That screen shot of the donation thermometer was taken precisely before we made our donation. I got tired of seeing the odd number total, so topped it up to an even figure, in addition to our basic donation. Typical Aspie thing to do, of course.
    : )

    • Steven Leahy

      It’s now at 40%/$79,515!

  • bkmn

    I know someone who is looking down in approval..

    • My Gram, for one – hell, she’d have roped me into helping her make crazy quilts for all the new beds by now!

      • Homo Erectus

        I was thinking about making a donation in my mom’s name just to see the ground shake around the cemetery where she would certainly be spinning in her grave.

        • Robincho

          She’s doin’ the Monster Mash — it was a graveyard smash!…

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        • shellback

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      • Six Pins Delores

        It would be a thing of beauty to see quilts being made for living lgbt folks.

    • Robincho

      I’m tempted to go so far as to call her Bea-atific!…

  • Michael White

    My husband and I in Indiana are excited to be a part of this project.

  • JustSayin’

    Definitely notify your company office that does community outreach and or donations. This is a pure write off for them and great press at least for liberal companies

    • Homo Erectus

      My company donated!

  • Tigernan Quinn

    Never let it be said that we are not spiteful people with lots of disposable cash.

    • DaddyRay

      Indeed – Don’t F’ with Us

      • Claude Jacques Bonhomme

        Except under the right circumstances.

      • Robincho

        I betcha Faye wishes that movie could be Dunaway with…

  • j.martindale

    When I put in the contribution, I added to the place for a name that I was a Joe.my.god fan.

  • Brian in Valdosta

    It is actually quite a beautiful building. I had never seen a photo of the whole building like the one posted here. How wonderfully fitting that it should go toward helping people, toward offering love and protection.

    • Acronym Jim

      The beauty of the building just an additional reason to donate; to preserve an historic building from being razed for yet another high rise condo. This way we can house people who have more legitimate and pressing needs.

    • Randy503

      Oh, this won’t be the last we see of that “Pastor.” In fact, I suspect that he will be hanging around quite a bit, once he realizes that gay male teens are sleeping there.

      • JCF

        Ew, thanks for THAT revolting thought…

      • clay

        He owns a couple of private schools, a grocery store, and other businesses in the neighborhood.

    • Imagine how beautiful it will be when love, acceptance and understanding is the mission of the people within its walls!

    • Johnny Wyeknot

      Will be even more beautiful without his hateful sign.

  • DumbHairyApe

    Has anyone heard or read anything from Manning or his hate-posse lately? He was supposed to address this matter at his church service today.

    • Snarkaholic

      He claims a friend offered him the 1.2 mil…but we’ll see (he said this a day before the church service).

  • Acronym Jim

    I just donated. The total directly after was $82,100.

    • Johnny Wyeknot

      Look now! Over $87,000 at 10:30 pm

  • napoleonva

    $200. Done.

  • Hywel Dda II

    And be aware that Smile Amazon has Ali Forney Center as a charity choice in its list. Sign up & shop ’til you drop.

    • Steven Leahy

      I use Smile all the time., Will have to remember that.

    • ClevelandJim

      I’ve had Ali Forney as my Smile charity for well over a year, and I only enter amazon thru Smile. Among other things, I buy 2 or 3 ebooks a week, and I know it’s small potatoes, but if everyone chooses AFC, it can certainly add up.

  • Alan43

    Perhaps it’ll never happen, but it would just be so great if it did!

    One of those things that I’m really hoping for even though it wont’ make a big difference in the grand scheme of things. Like Mike Pence losing reelection

    • DaddyRay

      Even if they don’t get the site the donations are going to a very good cause.

  • Randy503

    Just made good on my promise of $10.

    So he is $1M in debt? All he had to do was pawn a few of his watches, and he’d have the money. I guess material things matter more to this “Christian” and stiffing people he borrowed from than actually performing a ministry.

    • David Walker

      Thanks, Randy503. We live in the same neighborhood. Hey, it’s where we are. On the other hand, we’ve given what we can and the total wouldn’t be as high without us. We do what we can, and it all helps.

  • Randy503

    Next up — When the Family Research Council gets behind on its mortgage payments for their new office building in downtown Washington, DC, I will be the first one celebrating when we turn THAT one into a GLBT homeless shelter.

    And it’s going to have bathrooms for whoever the hell wants to use them!

  • JT

    Recipe advice for his next semen flavored latte.
    http://i.imgur.com/ZMwg1Yb.jpg

  • Randy503

    I would send in a bomb squad, asbestos team and a SWAT team into that building before moving in. No telling how this hate pastor will boobytrap it, knowing gays are taking it over.

  • DumbHairyApe

    It would be kind of cool if they get the building AND somehow repurpose the current ATLAH acronym, just to turn some hate into love and spite the former occupants!

    Anyone really good with creative acronyms?

    A is for….
    T is for…
    L is for….
    A is for…
    H is for…

    • Piercedchrlz

      All This Love Against Hate

      • DumbHairyApe

        Excellent! Anyway to work the word “House” in at the end?

        • Bluto

          All This Love Against Hate, House

    • Piercedchrlz

      Acceptance and Tireless Love Abolishes Hate

    • Piercedchrlz

      A Total Love & Acceptance House
      or
      Ali’s Total Love & Acceptance Home

      • DumbHairyApe

        Wow. You’re good!

        • DumbHairyApe

          How about Awesome Total Love and Acceptance House? Cuz we’re awesome!

          • David Walker

            Yes. We are.

          • Silver_Witch

            +1000

      • DumbHairyApe

        Oh, that second one is terrific!

      • I adore a total love and acceptance house! bravo!

    • Piercedchrlz

      Ali’s True Love & Acceptance Home

      • DumbHairyApe

        You saved your best for last, huh?

      • David Milley

        This one!

    • Friday

      I’d lose the name but A Tasty Latte And How would be a good name for a coffee stand. 🙂

    • Snarkaholic

      Assholes Telling Lies And Hating…
      …is now Ali’s Triumphant Love And Healing.

  • rabbit_ears

    Two more percent in the last few hours! 42%. Not the answer to life, the universe and everything yet though, but its moving fast!

    • billbear1961
      • rabbit_ears

        Thank you Billbear! An exquisite selection of music to celebrate our battle of love over hate!

        Personally I’d love to set you loose on “Pastor” Manning and watch you tears a few strips off his hide. 😀

        • billbear1961

        • billbear1961

          Let me try that again . . .

          🙂

        • DavidAZ

          Yes. Think revenant.

      • Silver_Witch

        Love WINS again!!!

    • Piercedchrlz

      That 42% is out of love and love IS the answer to life, the universe and everything else!

      • Johnny Wyeknot

        44% at 10:30 pm eastern time

  • billbear1961
  • bkmn

    With Monday coming a reminder to check with your HR department to see if the company you work for does any matching donations. I know not as many companies still do this but it is worth asking – every bit will help!

  • j.martindale

    The churches in our country think they have a lock on morality. And they create these myriad rules that people are encumbered with to elevate themselves to some “sainted” state. They rely on complicated texts to teach them the ins and outs of “goodness.” But morality is not difficult. It requires no rules. You don’t need divine guidance, nor do you need to be religious to be moral.

    There is one rule we must follow to be successful, good and moral in our lives. We must leave the world a better place for our having been here. And every act of our lives can be judged by the question: “If I do this, will the world be a better place?”

    So when we look at our relations with others, if they are loving relations, they will make the world better. If we treat the environment kindly, the world will be better. If we are charitable to those in need, the world will be better.

    I have family members who doubt that we can raise kids morally without churches. I beg to differ. Life can be simple.

  • Silver_Witch

    Donation Made – may the Unicorns make it so.

  • Ginger Snap

    Love,love,love will always win over Hate.

  • Lumpy Gaga

    Looks like a sweet piece of real estate. Some asshole will probably double AFC’s offer without blinking.

    Nonetheless, I put something in the plate.

  • Guess

    Sorry, Manning, but you were almost right. Turns out, Jesus would Brownstone the gays!

  • DaddyRay

    OT: Not giving any spoilers but tonights Downton made me gasp out loud – poor kitty hasn’t come out from behind the sofa

    • johncAtl

      Downtown? Was Aaron there underneath you? I mean with you.

    • Johnny Wyeknot

      I know!

  • Herald

    Just checked and they are up to $86,446 as of 10:15 pm eastern time.
    This is looking very good!

    • Johnny Wyeknot

      $87,515 at 10:30 eastern time

  • Kevin Perez

    I gave $50. If I win in Las Vegas next weekend on the Super Bowl, I’ll make it $100.

  • johncAtl

    About $2500 in the last two hours. I’m happy to have contributed to that.

    I usually prefer to donate to local LGBT organizations. But whenever Joe posts a plea to donate to AFC I find a few extra dollars. I guess I have a soft spot knowing that many LGBT youth only know a few places where they can go and maybe survive. NYC is one of them.

  • Johnny Wyeknot

    I’m in. Check the total now. 🙂

    • DaddyRay

      wow $87K

      Would be so wonderful to hit 50% by tomorrow

      • Johnny Wyeknot

        We are close at 8:15 am eastern

      • Johnny Wyeknot

        Done as of 12:09 pm eastern time. 🙂

  • Bluto

    No “pastor” Manning, we’re not silencing you – obviously. What we’re doing is cleaning up all the messes created by bigoted asshole hetero turds such as yourself by adopting, caring for & loving your discarded children.
    Fuck Manning & his kind, I’ll keep donating as long as their is a child in need.

    • DaddyRay

      Maybe if Manning didn’t preach so much hate he would have a larger congregation would donate so he could pay his bills. As the states that fought Marriage Equality are finding out – hate is expensive.

      • Snarkaholic

        Does anyone here live near his hate hole church? I’d like to know approximately how many people show up there on Sundays.

      • all yall homocons and uncle tom’s closets need to take note. i know you read this blog. wake the fuck up, cause your gravy train is drying up faster than Murdoch’s wife when he takes off his pants.

        this was a Thing for a while. that’s over. you have two choices: switch over the the Dept of denying climate change, or something like that. or, realize like that stupid bitch who got fired from the rump campaign: you’re a prop, until you’re garbage. and that will happen. to you.

        being nice let me say if you have real skillz, the forces of Good would welcome your intel.

  • DaddyRay

    Maybe we should hit up George Soros – he just donate $8 Million to Hillary

    http://www.politico.com/story/2016/01/hillary-clinton-george-soros-218494

  • TallBearNC

    I donated 10k. Every bit counts, even if ever lgbt person donated 1$, they’d hit their goal

    • DumbHairyApe

      Woo hoo! $10k!!! You deserve an e trap big halo! Just kidding about the halo, every bit counts and I want to encourage everyone to donate no matter the amount they can give!

    • DaddyRay

      Holly Crap 10K! That is amazing TallBearNC

  • sfbob

    Donation made and very gladly.

  • JCF

    Did the building start life as a school? It sure looks more like a school, than a church.

    …and, it looks like (depending on its condition, Yikes) it’ll be a great physical plant for the AFC. Go get it! 🙂

    • DaddyRay

      Some of the complaints against the church referred to classrooms on the 3rd and 4th floors so I assume it was being used as a school

    • It wasn’t built as a church. Google books gives the description on page 533 of The American Institute of Architects’ Guide to New York) that notes that it was originally built as The Harlem Club in 1888 -89, architects Lamb and Rich. When the AIA guide was published in 2010 it was home to an outfiit called the Bethelite Community Baptist Church. (That is apparently Manning’s business name.)

      The AIA’s description reads: “Monumental. Once a private club for wealthy Harlem whites, it now serves as the monumental house of an African-American congregation. Splendid Romanesque Revival in rough brownstone and cut limestone with brick flat and radial and boasting of the fine craftsmanship of the 19th century’s penultimate years.”

      (Wikipedia has a short article on the architects, whose best-known building is FD Roosevelt’s country house, Sagamore Hill on Long Island, built in 1887.)

      I’d be surprised if NYC’s planning and heritage people would look kindly on the building’s demolition for redevelopment, so I think Ali Forney’s plan to keep and upgrade it would be a big point in their favour — and their proposed use, as accommodation for young people, is certainly in keeping with its original purpose.

      I can’t find anything on-line that gives any serious indication of what it will sell for (though obviously the City hopes that it will be over a million) but there is an interesting page here: http://apartable.com/buildings/36-west-123-street-manhattan Apart from a long list of Manning’s breaches of the building codes, it gives an interesting table right at the bottom, which lists its property taxes and gives a “market value” for 2014/15 of $428,000.

      What relationship that figure has to actual market value I don’t know.

  • Steven Leahy

    They’re at 45% or just over $90K as of this morning

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  • Beto

    Just took a look seconds ago and it passed the 96k mark. Totally fuckingfantastically awesome. Too bad I’m practically broke (and I live in Colombia where the exchange rate took the upper way) so I cannot donate and i’m dying to do so! Hopefully they reach and past their goal before auction’s date. Joe, can you pin this post in top of your blog? That way a lot of people will be informed and then hopefully will be more than compelled to do their donation. Cheers from Colombia guys!

  • David Walker

    Monday, 10:30AM…just shy of $97,000, which is just shy of 50%. Maybe it’s time to talk about this with our straight friends, our allies, maybe email folks and Facebook it. I know we were not the only contributors, but by damn we did a lot to get AFC to this point. Almost 50% in 3 days! We probably won’t match the GoFuckMe funding for Cottonelle or the bigot bakers or the pizza makers who’d refuse to cater our wedding receptions. There aren’t as many of us…but look what we’ve done so far. We’ve made our monetary contributions, we’ve raised nearly $100,000, so now let’s raise some awareness. PS: I love you guys.

    • Johnny Wyeknot

      Boom. As of 12:09 pm.

      • zhera

        YAAAAAAAYYYYYY!!! Amazing!

  • Halloween_Jack

    That would be just beautiful.

  • DumbHairyApe

    Looks like the number is over 50% for Ali’s Total Love and Acceptance House!

  • teeveedub

    Just checked. It’s now at $101,841 – more than halfway to the goal of $200k.

  • Tom G

    I’m in! So excited to see this property used for good. And a big FU to that insane pastor.

  • Tom G

    Let’s take the home away from this horrible person. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Sk-5DBGzB0M

  • Piet

    Just noted on one of my daily rounds that as of a couple of minutes ago this item of Joe’s had 7,100 tumblr notes off one reblog. Fly, monkeys!

  • Donated! And if my tax return processes soon I can donate a little more.

  • Bj Lincoln

    I just sent all the info to Ellen to see if she will give them a shout on her show. Cross your fingers!

  • Platos_Redhaired_Stepchild

    $110K and rising!