Tag Archives: LGBT youth

October 7th In NYC: Ali Forney Center’s
“A Place At The Table” Annual Benefit

The Ali Forney Center, NYC’s homeless shelter for LGBT youth, will be holding their annual “A Place At The Table” benefit gala dinner on October 7th at 91 Horatio Street in the West Village. Get tickets here. This year’s host is openly gay Tony winning actor Denis O’Hare, whom you may best know as True Blood’s vicious vampire, Russell Edgington. ...

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Today Is Trevor Project Day In NYC

As proclaimed by Gov. David Paterson in recognition of National Suicide Prevention Week. Suicide is one of the top three causes of death among young people (15 to 24-year-olds). Only accidents and homicides occur more frequently as causes of death among young people. LGBTQ youth are up to four times more likely to attempt suicide than their heterosexual peers. LGBTQ ...

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GEORGIA: Gay Teen Launches Group To Help LGBT Youth In Crisis

Georgia teen Derrick Martin has partnered with the Trevor Project and other groups to create Project Life Vest, an organization meant to assist LGBT youth facing discrimination after they come out. You may recall that Martin was kicked out of his home in March after attending his high school prom with his boyfriend. “My situation and the attention it has ...

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NEW YORK CITY: Summer Benefit For The Ali Forney Center – Wed. July 21st

On Wednesday July 21st, the Ali Forney Center will hold a summer benefit party at Hudson Terrace. Get tickets here and help support AFC’s vital work for NYC’s homeless LGBT youth. Facebook event page here. RELATED: Visit Frank And Gabe today for a great interview with AFC’s mega-hunky executive director Carl Siciliano.

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The Nation Examines Violence Against Imprisoned LGBT Youth

Not only are LGBT youth highly overrepresented among the nation’s homeless, they are imprisoned at a much higher rate than their heterosexual peers. And once behind bars they continue to be victimized. The Nation examines their plight in an online article and the below accompanying video. An excerpt: Across the United States, the brutal and dysfunctional juvenile justice system sends ...

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NEW YORK: Big Crowd Rallies For Homeless LGBT Youth

Several hundred activists rallied in New York City’s Union Square last night in support of homeless LGBT youth. The rally, which was sponsored by the Ali Forney Center, featured speeches from Lt. Dan Choi and actress Sandra Bernhard among others. Frank And Gabe reports: One of the event’s prominent speakers was Lt. Dan Choi, who brought an incredible emotional resonance ...

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LGBT Youth Group Launches To Fight Exodus & “Ex-Gay” Therapy

Launching this week in advance of the upcoming Exodus International “ex-gay” conference is Stand- Together, a new group whose mission is to tell LGBT youth that they are fine, normal, and beautiful just as they are. Below, they invite young LGBT people to record a video message of strength and self-acceptance and upload it to YouTube for inclusion on the ...

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NEW YORK CITY: Homeless LGBT Youth Shelter Defaced With Anti-Gay Graffiti

A just-opened Queens residence for clients of the Ali Forney Center, which serves the city’s homeless LGBT youth, was defaced with anti-gay graffiti yesterday. Via press release: The Ali Forney Center’s newly opened shelter for homeless LGBT youth in Astoria Queens was defaced last night with anti-gay graffiti. At 6am this morning, two of the residents of the shelter discovered ...

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Monday June 14th: Ali Forney Center Rally To Protect Homeless LGBT Youth

The Ali Forney Center will hold a rally in support of LGBT youth on June 14th at NYC’s Union Square. As LGBT youth find the courage to come out of the closet at younger ages, thousands are being rejected by their families and forced out of their homes. As many as 40% of the homeless youth in the United States ...

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Photo Of The Day – Prom Night For Derrick

Without incident, this weekend openly gay teen Derrick Martin (right) and his date Richard Goodman attended Derrick’s senior prom in Cochran, Georgia. About 7:45 p.m., couples started to arrive at the high school in a line of stretch limos, a bus, a John Deere tractor and even carriage and buggy, and afterward walked through a crowd of parents and friends ...

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Exodus International Launches Campaign In Support Of Anti-Gay Bullying

GLSEN’s national Day Of Silence is six weeks away, but the “ex-gay” mental cases at Exodus International have already launched their “Day Of Truth” campaign to stop students from being taught that it’s wrong to beat up and harass gay kids. According to Exodus, the anti-gay Alliance Defense Fund is standing by with 1200 attorneys to represent anybody that faces ...

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True Colors Homeless LGBT Youth Residence Breaks Ground In Harlem

“Gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender youth living on the streets and in foster care need our support more than ever. In New York City, the True Colors Residence is going to play a big role in providing these young people with the leg up and encouragement they need. I am thrilled that construction has already begun and I am honored ...

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Guest Post – Carl Siciliano

I get very angry at the hell so many LGBT teens are put through. A few months ago a man named Anthony reached out to me to tell me a terrible story. He knew of a teen in upstate New York whose family learned he was gay and threw him out. A few days later the boy tried to return ...

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Shorewood Lip Dub

Shorewood High School was challenged by a rival school to a lipsyncing contest, resulting the below video which was performed to music playing backwards. As the kids walked backwards. I think. I’m a little confused how they did it. Amazing. (Via – Slog)

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Slideshow: A Very MARY Holiday

Earlier this week, I attended the first annual Very MARY Holiday fundraiser put on by Broadway Speaks OUT to benefit the Ali Forney Center, NYC’s shelter for homeless LGBT youth. It was a fun night, very “Hey, kids! Let’s put on a show!” Host Marti Gould Cummings was a riot as loads of Broadway stars performed, including Tony winner B.D. ...

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The LGBT Youth Homelessness Epidemic

Today the Indypendent published a heartbreaking story about the epidemic of LGBT homeless youth on the streets of NYC, where every night hundreds of gay children hustle for money, drugs, or just a warm place to sleep. The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services estimates that 575,000 to 1.6 million homeless and runaway youth are living on the streets ...

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Last Night And Today: Protests After Tel Aviv LGBT Center Murders

At 5pm Israeli time today there will be demonstrations in several cities. I’ll have photos later today. There will be another protest on Tuesday in Tel Aviv’s Rabin Square. A Facebook support group is here. Dr. Michael Brown, the “messianic Jewish conservative leader” who organized last week’s anti-gay protest of gay Pride in Charlotte, North Carolina, has issued a press ...

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Monday: 2009 Broadway Beauty Pageant

For over the rainbow glittery gayness, how about an event that combines barely-clad boys, show tunes, tiaras, and public service for homeless LGBT youth? This Monday the Ali Forney Center presents their annual Broadway Beauty Pageant. Handsome hunks from your favorite Broadway shows are competing to raise money for the Ali Forney Center, an organization that provides shelter and services ...

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Guest Post – Carl Siciliano
Executive Director, Ali Forney Center

Christmas is a bittersweet time for me. Ali Forney was murdered on the streets of New York City in December of 1997. He was the seventh homeless LGBT kid I knew who had been killed on the streets between 1994 and 1997. In those days there was no shelter for LGBT kids in New York City. The only youth shelter ...

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Jingle 2008

On Thursday night, Aaron and I attended Jingle 2008, the fifth annual holiday fundraising party for the Ali Forney Center, NYC’s shelter for homeless LGBT youth. Held at the lovely Meatpacking District loft of David Raleigh and Richard Bahl, the party brought out a nice crowd of Gotham’s homorati including pop star Ari Gold, Tony winner B.D. Wong, gossip maven ...

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