LGBTQ+ youth make up 40% of the homeless population in NYC, and the pandemic has only intensified the need for help. That’s why The Knot has teamed up with Ali Forney Center (AFC) to support these young people as they transition into safe housing. Your donation or product purchase will directly support AFC as they empower homeless LGBTQ+ youth to live independently.
About AFC:AFC was founded in 2002 in memory of Ali Forney, a gender-nonconforming teen. Ali fled their home at age 13, and entered foster care where they were beaten and abused. By age 15, Ali was living on the streets. As a way to help others like themself, Ali dedicated their life to helping other young people, and publicly advocated for the safety of homeless LGBTQ+ youth. Tragically, in December of 1997, Ali was murdered in Harlem. Ali’s death called attention to the challenging conditions that homeless LGBTQ+ youth face in NYC.
A few stats:
On average, AFC assists nearly 1,400 youths per year in their 24-hour drop-in center. AFC also provides 70,000+ meals annually, medical and mental health services through an on-site clinic, and a safe, onsite housing program.
Donation Information:We invite you to donate funds directly to the center via this page. AFC has also created a wishlist of necessities from The Knot Registry Store that anyone can purchase—like bedding and towels—for the organization’s emergency and transitional housing. Thank you for your support!