June marks Pride Month across the United States and abroad. In cities and towns the world over, parties and marches celebrate the great strides that have been made in the Gay Liberation Movement. New York City brings it all to a close with its LGBTQ Pride March on June 30. This year feels particularly significant given that it’s the 50th anniversary of the Stonewall Uprising. Oh, how far we’ve come. And, oh, how far we have to go.
In honor of Pride, SIXTY has teamed up with the Ali Forney Center for a partnership that will continue long after the confetti has dropped and the revelers have gone home. By using the code P-PRIDE when you book your next stay, you’ll receive 15% off our best available rate, complimentary room upgrade, 1 p.m. check-out, and access to our hotel’s Pride events. But even better than all that, a portion of the proceeds will be donated to support Ali Forney Center—and not just for the month of June, but all year long.
Headquartered in New York City, the Ali Forney Center’s mission is to protect LGBTQ youths from homelessness. The organization is named after Ali Forney, a gender-nonconforming teen who was forced to leave his home at the age of 13. He moved through the foster care system for two years, abused and beaten along the way. By 15, Forney found himself on the street. Forney soon used his experience to help others. He served as a peer counselor and advocate for homeless LGBT youths until he was murdered in 1997, just 22 years old.
Inspired by Forney’s story and the work he had only just begun, activist and philanthropist Carl Siciliano founded the Ali Forney Center in 2002. What started as just six beds in a church basement has grown to become the largest organization committed to helping LGBTQ homeless youths. Today, the New York City-based agency helps nearly 1,400 young people per year. In addition to offering meals (to the tune of 70,000 annually), the organization offers medical and mental health services through its on-site clinic. Ali Forney Center endeavors to provide not just food and shelter to those who need it, but the structure, guidance, and support this community needs and deserves.
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