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Ali Forney Center Celebrating 20 Years

By Charlotte Robinson, November 03, 2022

Celebrating the 20th anniversary of its founding the Ali Forney Center is presenting “We Are Family Dance-A-Thon” fundraising experience on Trans Day of Remembrance that takes place Sunday November 20th from 11A to 6P at the Knockdown Center. Alex Roque, President & Executive Director of the Ali Forney Center stated, “Throughout our history, LGBTQ+ people have built chosen families because so many of us have been denied family & acceptance & sadly the same is true for the homeless young people in our care. The “We Are Family Dance-A-Thon” pays honor to our roots, our chosen family & serves to build community for our youth reminding them that they are not alone, that they are worthy of being cared for & that they are worthy of all that family represents - acceptance, care & love.” The event will also commemorate The Ali Forney Center’s namesake a gender non-binary peer counselor of & advocate for homeless LGBTQ youth who was killed on the streets of NYC while also supporting a new generation just in time for the Holidays. This high-energy fundraiser will be filled with celebrated performers from Eva Reign star of Amazon Prime’s Anything’s Possible who alongside NYC drag artist Marti Gould Cummings will be the host for the day to Junior Mintt, Nicky O, Dahlia Sin, Thee Suburbia, Jason Rodriguez, Bhawk Snipes & dance-fitness studios Forward Space & Dance Church. The event will also fuse the celebratory aspect of a dance-a-thon with the very best of the NYC nightlife scene along with LGBTQ chefs cooking up a storm to keep the troupes going. 

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