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A Plea to Pope Francis on Behalf of LGBT Youth

Carl Siciliano | Posted 04.13.2014 | Gay Voices
Carl Siciliano

The church still teaches that homosexual conduct is a sin, and that being gay is disordered. I hope that if you understand how this teaching tears families apart and prevent your bishops from fighting against the acceptance of LGBT people as equal members of society.

Music for Social Change: Fancy Reagan's 'Say Something' Helps LGBTQ Teens

Brian Normoyle | Posted 04.06.2014 | Gay Voices
Brian Normoyle

LGBTQ teen homelessness is an often-overlooked aspect of the national struggle for equality. Of the nearly 2 million teens affected by homelessness each year, an estimated 40 percent of them identify as LGBTQ.

A Hit Song Gets A Heartbreaking Cover That Could Do A World Of Good

The Huffington Post | James Nichols | Posted 01.30.2014 | Gay Voices

With 40 percent of America's homeless youth reportedly identifying as lesbian, gay, bisexual or transgender (LGBT), homelessness is one of the leading...

Behind Words Never Spoken (Video)

Craig Stewart | Posted 12.31.2013 | Books
Craig Stewart

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When Whispers Become Shouts...(Video)

Craig Stewart | Posted 12.24.2013 | Books
Craig Stewart

The following blog post is adapted from my memoir, Words Never Spoken.

HIV Prevention and Homeless Youth: Fixing a Catastrophic Failure

Carl Siciliano | Posted 09.30.2013 | Gay Voices
Carl Siciliano

HIV prevention efforts directed at homeless youths typically focus on condom distribution and HIV prevention education. But focusing on condoms and awareness without responding to the lack of shelter, which forces homeless youths into survival sex, is a failed policy.

LOOK: Parker Posey, 'RuPaul's Drag Race' Star Honor Homeless LGBT Youth In NYC

Posted 07.21.2013 | Gay Voices

A mid-July heatwave didn't stop well-dressed revelers from hitting the Ali Forney Center's (AFC) annual "Oasis" event in New York on July 17. Held...

Help Parker Posey Raise Money For Homeless LGBT Youth!

The Huffington Post | Christopher Rudolph | Posted 07.09.2013 | Gay Voices

Is waiting for the weekend getting harder and harder as summer flies by? Well if you need a little humpday escape, then let The Ali Forney Center ...

Shred of Hope - a Fundraiser for Homeless LGBTQ Teenagers

Kalup Linzy | Posted 08.20.2013 | Arts
Kalup Linzy

It's estimated that there are more than 4000 homeless youth in NYC -- but at present, there are only 400 beds available for this population. 100 percent of the proceeds from Shred of Hope will go directly to the Ali Forney Center, the largest organization helping homeless LGBTQ youth.

LOOK: Dustin Lance Black, Adam Lambert And Others Get Creative For Homeless LGBT Youth

The Huffington Post | Glennisha Morgan | Posted 01.27.2014 | Gay Voices

New York's Ali Forney Center (AFC), who provides housing for homeless and runaway lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) youth has recently col...

LOOK: Judy Garland Re-Imagined In Artwork For NYC Benefit

The Huffington Post | Curtis M. Wong | Posted 06.16.2013 | Gay Voices

One of the world's greatest gay icons is getting a fanciful new makeover (or, rather, a series of them) in honor of Pride Month. Tommy Tune and Ch...

Curtis M. Wong

A Pride Tribute To The World's Greatest Gay Icon

HuffingtonPost.com | Curtis M. Wong | Posted 06.11.2013 | Gay Voices

In what is becoming a New York tradition, the legacy of Judy Garland will be celebrated with an evening of eclectic performances honoring lesbian, gay...

From The Street to the Courtroom: The First Ali Forney Center Resident Graduates Law School

Carl Siciliano | Posted 08.03.2013 | Gay Voices
Carl Siciliano

Last weekend I found myself in a gym in Portland, Oregon with tears streaming down my face. I was at Lewis & Clark Law School, at the graduation ceremony of Ksen Pallegedara, one of the first young people ever to stay at the Ali Forney Center.

LOOK: Broadway's Hottest Chorus Boys Support LGBT Youth In NYC

The Huffington Post | Curtis M. Wong | Posted 05.22.2013 | Gay Voices

Six of New York's hottest chorus boys sang, danced and stripped before a packed house at NYU's Skirball Center for the Performing Arts May 20, each vy...

LOOK: Meet The Men Of The 2013 Broadway Beauty Pageant

Posted 05.15.2013 | Gay Voices

Six of New York's hottest chorus boys will face off for the coveted title of "Mr. Broadway" next week, and we've got a sneak peek at the handsome cont...

Hunky Bway Star Nick Adams in Coming Out Stories Episode 6

Marti Gould Cummings | Posted 05.12.2013 | Gay Voices
Marti Gould Cummings

Broadway star and LGBT activist Nick Adams sits down with me to chat about his coming out experience.

Mayor Bloomberg, Homeless Denier

Carl Siciliano | Posted 04.24.2013 | Gay Voices
Carl Siciliano

For the past two years I've worked on a project called "Homeless for the Holidays," interviewing and photographing homeless LGBT youth during the winter months as they sleep on the streets of NYC, so frankly, it infuriates me that our mayor would say that "no one is sleeping on the streets."

Curtis M. Wong

'Queer As Folk' Star, Broadway Hunk Sing For Homeless LGBT Youth In NYC

HuffingtonPost.com | Curtis M. Wong | Posted 12.19.2012 | Gay Voices

Broadway stars, TV actors and other top-notch talent helped make the yuletide a little bit gayer than usual Dec. 16 as part of “A Better Holiday" in...

WATCH: Student Warms Up In High Heels For Brooklyn Bridge Run

Posted 12.10.2012 | Gay Voices

Jacob Tobia is set to run across the Brooklyn Bridge for a good cause -- in high heels, no less. The Duke University student will don stilettos De...

Mike Ruiz And Carmen Electra Rock Out For Homeless LGBT Youth

Jacob Tobia | Posted 02.09.2013 | Gay Voices
Jacob Tobia

As a queer kid from Raleigh, N.C., who's just spending a semester in NYC, I didn't think I'd end my semester by sitting VIP at the birthday of an infamous photographer while an equally infamous woman took the stage. The best part? It was a benefit for the Ali Forney Center.

30 Days Of LGBT Holiday Giving: Donate To The Ali Forney Center

The Huffington Post | Posted 12.07.2012 | Gay Voices

Note: This holiday season, in lieu of a traditional holiday gift guide, we'll be featuring a different LGBT organization each day for our "30 Days Of ...

Why I'm Running Across The Brooklyn Bridge In High Heels

Jacob Tobia | Posted 02.04.2013 | Gay Voices
Jacob Tobia

On Dec. 15, in commemoration of five years out of the closet, I'm going to be raising money by running across the Brooklyn Bridge in five-inch heels. Why? Because Hurricane Sandy has left thousands of homeless LGBT youth in New York City out in the cold.

Helping Out Our LGBT Youth

Justin Hernandez | Posted 01.15.2013 | Gay Voices
Justin Hernandez

Some experience a lack of support from their loved ones, and others are even faced with homelessness. Here in New York the Ali Forney Center and the Hetrick-Martin Institute are invaluable resources to these kids, but both of these organizations were affected by Hurricane Sandy.

Hurricane Sandy Devastates Center For NYC Homeless LGBT Youth (UPDATED)

Posted 01.05.2013 | Gay Voices

UPDATED at 4:35pm ET on November 6: Industry Bar, located at 355 West 52nd Street in Manhattan, NYC, will host a fundraising event from 4:00 p.m. to ...

Parker Posey To Host NYC Benefit For Homeless LGBT Youth

Posted 07.17.2012 | Gay Voices

The Ali Forney Center's annual summer benefit will shine brighter than ever this year -- with a little help from Parker Posey. The 43-year-old "Ho...