BENEFITING: ALI FORNEY CENTER
We are getting legally married in Washington state on December 9th, 2012, after Washington passed Referendum 74! We are absolutely delighted, however, we've had our moment to celebrate and want to do something good for somebody else!
You've probably seen our faces- the night of the election, a picture was take of us celebrating the win of gay marriage and we became the faces of gay marriage. Our pictures were all over the media in the week after the election- Time, USAToday, Rachel Maddow, the Seattle Times, everywhere. We've decided that we want to give back, and hopefully our friends and family will feel the same way.
We've been incredibly lucky to have the support of our friends, family, and now our state in sanctioning our relationship. Not everybody is so lucky though.
As the visibility of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, and Questioning (LGBTQ) people grows in our society, more and more LGBTQ teens are finding the courage to come out of the closet. Tragically, as many as 25% of these teens are rejected by their families, and many end up homeless on the streets.
We are hoping to raise $1000.00 for the Ali Forney center in New York City, which was devasted by Hurricane Sandy. The Ali Forney Center is commited to providing safe, dignified, nurturing environments where their needs can be met, and where they can begin to put their lives back together. They help provide drop in services such as food, clothing, counseling, HIV testing, and other much needed services.
After the hurricane, the Ali Forney Center was literally distroyed. Here's what the Executive Director said: "On Friday we were finally able to inspect our drop-in center in Chelsea, half a block from the Hudson River. Our worst fears were realized; everything was destroyed and the space is uninhabitable. The water level went four feet high, destroying our phones, computers, refrigerator, food and supplies. This is a terrible tragedy for the homeless LGBT youth we serve there. It is heartbreaking to see this space come to such a sad end."
Please help us give back after our great Ref 74 Victory and ensure that homeless LGBTQ kids in NYC have these desperately needed resources. More information on the Ali Forney center can be found here: http://www.aliforneycenter.org/index.cfm?