In New York City, the Ali Forney Center's newly opened shelter for homeless LGBT youth in Queens was defaced with anti-gay graffiti, the group reports via press release.
"At 6am [Thursday] morning, two of the residents of the shelter discovered the slurs which included; 'We don't want gay people here' written on the exterior of the shelter, and 'Gay Shelter' written on the site’s door (see attached JPG). 'I am infuriated that someone would target our kids in this cowardly way' says Carl Siciliano, Executive Director of the Ali Forney Center, the nation’s largest organization serving homeless LGBT youth. 'The young people who come to us for help and shelter have already experienced terrible hardship, and I will not stand for them to be further abused.' The Ali Forney Center (AFC) is working with the New York City Anti-Violence Project, with City Council Speaker Christine Quinn, and with local Councilmember Peter Vallone on devising strategies to protect its residents from further attacks."
The Astoria, Queens shelter is housed in a church building rented at low cost to the AFC by the Episcopal Diocese of Long Island. The NYPD Hate Crimes Task Force is investigating the incident.
In related news: A previously scheduled rally to mobilize support for New York City's homeless LGBT youth will take place on Monday at 6:30pm in New York City's Union Square. Here is the Facebook page. Please come and help make a difference if you can.