Category: new york


When Walking While Trans Is a Crime

The NYPD says it’s taking a more sensitive approach to sex work, but not everyone benefits.

“People always think of a trans woman: ‘You have to sell sex. That’s your dominant job.’ And that’s not what everybody does.”

Read the full article in The Cut.

Ali Forney Center opens the Bea Arthur Residence, a new NYC LGBTQ youth homeless shelter:


It’s been a big week for the Ali Forney Center, the largest LGBTQ homeless youth agency in the country. Based in New York City, the center has just opened the Bea Arthur Residence, an 18-bed housing facility created in honor of the late actress’s commitment to Ali Forney and LGBTQ people. 

The 18-bed facility, located in New York’s East Village neighborhood, will house participants in the center’s two-year transitional living program, designed to prepare homeless LGBTQ young people for successfully living alone. 

Arthur was a staunch LGBTQ rights advocate during her lifetime, and lent her support to the Ali Forney Center, which she praised for “saving lives,” on a number of occasions. A 2005 benefit performance of her one-woman show, “Bea Arthur on Broadway: Just Between Friends,” raised more than $40,000 for the center.

When she died in 2009, the Emmy- and Tony-winning actress left $300,000 to the Ali Forney Center in her will. At the time, officials say the facility had been struggling to survive because it had fallen behind on rent.

Part of Arthur’s donation was used to renovate the building that will accommodate the shelter. In 2012, the New York City Council and the Manhattan borough president allocated an additional $3.3 million toward the renovations. 

Gosh, I love New York and I love LGBTQ chosen family and I love this.