WE DID IT!!!! I DID IT!!!!
June 11, 2017
So I dressed like a unicorn warrior and hit a PR of 120kg/264lb. The lift came pretty easily and that is in no small part due to knowing how See more
Hello friends and family, On Saturday June 10 I will be participating in the Women's Strength Coalition's Inaugural Pull for Pride to benefit The Ali Forney Center. AFC's mission is to protect LGBTQ youths from the harms of homelessness and empower them with the tools needed to live independently. See below to learn more about AFC. This powerlifting event promises to be festive and fun and I will be sporting all of my magical unicorn lifting gear at once while picking up some heavy weight. That said, it is a fundraiser and I would love for you to help me reach my fundraising goal of $300. I am chomping at the bit to get to 300lbs in my dealift. In my last meet I pulled a Personal Record of 253lbs. Although it seems unlikely I will be pulling 300lbs on June 10 I would like to at least be able to raise $300 for AFC. Finally, if you are in NYC I would love to see you there. The event begins at 3PM at Murder of Crows in Brooklyn. It should be a really good time and a fun showcase of strong folks being strong. MORE ABOUT THE ALI FORNEY CENTER: AFC'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. Their mission is to provide LGBTQ young people housing and a continuum of supportive services to help them thrive and prepare them for independent living.