There’s been some really hateful, homophobic signage posted by a church in my neighborhood of Harlem — but rather than focus on the hate, the amazing Stacy Parker Le Melle and other inspiring peeps have decided to join forces and respond by hosting a benefit night for the Ali Forney Center, a local LGBT homeless shelter.
According to the Center, every night in New York City, 3800 young people are homeless, and 40% of those youth are LGBT. Many homeless kids have been pushed out of their homes due to religious-based rejection. As Stacy explains, “the sign is not just a sign — it’s a visual torment to already vulnerable, and often sexually-exploited, youth in our neighborhood.” ‘No Time for Hate: A Benefit for the Ali Forney Center at Maysles Cinema’ is a “chance for our community to get together to learn, listen, and see what we can do as allies.”
I was honored to help do a little drawing for the event poster, and also to create this little series of limited edition, signed prints, which I will be selling at the benefit night, and later here on my site. All proceeds will go to the Ali Forney Center, minus printing costs.
Hope to see you Tuesday, May 20 — tickets, event details and info on how to contribute over here! And read about it in the Huffington Post over here!