The holiday season --festive, fun--a time for friends and family to come together and celebrate!
But what about if that isn’t quite your life? What about if you are alone, kinda scared and feeling even worse as you see all the joy around you in which you are NOT included? I was thinking about some of the trans/queer homeless youth I have gotten to know and what their holidays are going to be like and got an idea--
What if we all worked together to make this holiday season truly one of love and joy for them? And so, that’s what’s going on!
The Ali Forney Center and I have teamed up to host a very special Holiday Pop-up event on December 13th. The event will provide clothing, a day of laughter and other goodies to our homeless trans/queer youth to make this holiday season a memorable and unforgettable one.
These youth need clothing. Please consider donating funds to provide clothing gift cards to them.
You can donate $25, $50, $100 or $1000, charity.gofundme.com/holidaypopup or reach out to me directly! (all donations are tax deductible)
If you are in town on December 13th and interested in volunteering, please do not hesitate to reach out.
Whether you donate funds or your time, you will be letting someone know they are NOT forgotten, not INVISIBLE and are valuable and valued. Whatever you can do, do. And know in your heart that your gift will put a smile on a beautiful face.
Here’s wishing us all a joy filled, SPARKLING Holiday Season.
Love & Light & Gratitude,
Ali Forney Center's mission is to protect LGBTQ youths from the harms of homelessness and empower them with the tools needed to live independently.
Organization's namesake, Ali Forney, was a gender-nonconforming teen who fled his home at 13. He entered the foster care system where he was bounced around to several homes, and was beaten and abused. Ali ended up living on the streets at the age of 15. Ali was dedicated to helping other young people and publicly advocated for the safety of homeless LGBT youth. Tragically, in December of 1997, Ali was murdered in Harlem—shot in the head and left for dead.
Committed to saving the lives of LGBTQ young people, in 2002 Carl Siciliano founded the Ali Forney Center (AFC) in memory of Ali. Since AFC's launch with just six beds in a church basement, the organization has grown to become the largest agency dedicated to LGBTQ homeless youths in the country—assisting nearly 1,400 youths per year through a 24-hour Drop-In Center which provides over 70,000 meals annually, medical and mental health services through an on-site clinic, and a scattered site housing program.
AFC's mission is to provide LGBTQ young people housing and a continuum of supportive services to help them thrive and prepare them for independent living.
AFC has been heralded for our full continuum of care approach to services for LGBTQ homeless youth. AFC's founder, Carl Siciliano, was named a White House Champion of Change by President Obama citing the wide recognition AFC's programs have received for their quality and innovation.