Tag Archives: LGBT youth

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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Guest Post – Carl Siciliano
Executive Director, Ali Forney Center

At the Ali Forney Center we work hard to provide a holiday season of joy for the homeless LGBT youth who come to us for help. Many of our kids find this season challenging; it’s getting colder outside, and they really feel the pain of being rejected by their families during a time that so emphasizes family togetherness. We try ...

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Ali Forney Center Holiday Giving

Please click the box at the top of my far right ad column and consider making a holiday donation to the Ali Forney Center, NYC’s homeless shelter for LGBT youth. In addition to accepting cash donations online, the Ali Forney Center has a lengthy list of desperately needed everyday items such as socks, underwear, toiletries, cleaning supplies, new and “gently ...

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Ten Republicans Introduce Bullying Legislation In New York Senate

A nice surprise: Ten New York Republican Senators have introduced legislation to the State Senate that will ban homophobic bullying in schools. The ‘Safe Schools for All Children Bill’ calls for training to help teachers identify and respond to bullying and places the responsibility of keeping tack on bullying cases with schools. The bill also includes protection for transgender students ...

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Newark Gay Life: Bleak And Dangerous

Here’s why the PATH station on Christopher Street disgorges hordes of LGBT youth every night. New Jersey has become a national beacon for gay equality. It boasts some of the toughest anti-discrimination laws in the country, and recent legislation makes it one of only three states that recognize same-sex civil unions. Gay marriage, some say, is just around the corner. ...

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Tim Hardaway Learns

Retired Miami Heat player Tim Hardaway, who caused a stir early this year when he told a radio interviewer “I hate gay people”, has been quietly working with the Miami-based YES Institute, an advocacy group for LGBT youth. Hardaway: “I’ve come to find out I made it possible to bash gay people. “ The director of the YES Institute says ...

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