Ali Forney Center

  • Blogs

    June 24, 2014

    Just How LGBT-Friendly Is Bill de Blasio?

    Going into 2013, then-New York City Council Speaker Christine Quinn was the odds-on favorite to become the first woman and out gay mayor of New York. But in an election in which "change" became a mantra, support from LGBT leaders couldn't overcome her close identification with outgoing Mayor Michael ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 2, 2014

    Harlem Church Puts Up Yet Another Homophobic Sign

    ATLAH World Missionary Church, the Harlem religious institution best known for its pastor's peculiar fixation on homosexuality, has put up yet another floridly offensive sign, this one stating the need to "take Harlem back" from both "pinch nose sellout Negros" and "demonic homos." In February, ATL ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 21, 2014

    10 Things to Do for Less than $10 in NYC This Weekend, February, 21, 2014

    Our measly 30 minutes of free Sochi live stream on has long since run out. Even the gym is beginning to catch on to the fact that we've been creeping along on the treadmill just to watch couples' figure skating. We might be missing Johnny Weir's inspired outfits, but there's still plenty of ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 12, 2012

    After Sandy, the Ali Forney Center Raised $400,000 for a Move It Had Already Planned

    When the storm surge sent floodwaters pouring into the West Village last month, it wreaked havoc on ground-floor homes and offices throughout the neighborhood. Among them was the drop-in facilities of the Ali Forney Center, a non-profit that provides shelter and social services to New York's homeles ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 13, 2012

    New Shuffleboard Club Opening In Brooklyn!

    And I found out about it while playing Bingo! I joined Murray Hill and Linda Simpson in calling Bingo numbers last night at the Hotel Chantelle to help raise money for the Ali Forney Center. (Their drop-in center was devastated by the hurricane, so granny's board game came to the rescue, all hepped ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 12, 2012

    I'm Calling Bingo Numbers Tonight!

    And I'm not even in a rest home yet!

  • Voice Choices

    October 10, 2012


    Won’t someone dance with me?

  • Blogs

    June 25, 2012

    The Real Wizard Of Oz Crew! Amazing Photo

    Here's the eye-popping cast of the mini Wiz sketches we did last week at Justin Sayre's Night of 1000 Judys, a benefit for the Ali Forney Center.

  • Blogs

    June 19, 2012

    I Was The Tin Man Last Night

    Playwrights Horizons was filled to capacity for The Night of 1000 Judys, a combo concert/comedy show benefiting the Ali Forney Center. Host Justin Sayre--who's sort of Oscar Wilde meets Whoopi Goldberg--was hilarious, with his offhand monologues about the need for Judy Garland worship (and any othe ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 11, 2012

    Happy Birthday, Judy! Night of 1000 Judys' Final Cast List

    The late Judy Garland would have turned 90 yesterday, so Liza Minnelli sent out a message: "Today is a day for celebration. We celebrate the privilege of having had Mama touch all of our lives. She left us with so many feelings we never would have discovered about our self until she exquisitely tra ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 29, 2012

    All-Star Night of 1000 Judys Is Coming!

    And I'm in it! It's a Judy Garland-obsessed show that benefits the Ali Forney Center. And guess who's going to be there, preaching at the shrine of Judyism?

  • Blogs

    May 4, 2012

    Bloomberg Budget Slashes Homeless Youth Funding By $7 Million: Advocates

    Mayor Michael Bloomberg released his budget yesterday, and it's not a pretty read for children. According to Council Speaker Christine Quinn, it could axe 42,000 slots for childcare. Also, according to a press release from the Ali Forney Center, it will wreak havoc on the number of beds available f ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 21, 2012

    Sexy Photos From The Broadway Beauty Pageant and Miss Lez!

    Monday's Broadway Beauty Pageant, a benefit for the Ali Forney Center, brought out the caring, the sharing, and the chutzpah. Here's a bunch of high spirited photos documenting the event, some by Gustavo Monroy for Next and others from

  • Blogs

    March 20, 2012

    Two Stars Have Turned Down Annie And One Was Turned Away!

    The producers of the upcoming Annie revival know that whoever plays the mean orphanage lady Miss Hannigan has to be even more memorable than fright wigs and eyes without pupils. Dorothy Loudon (above) originated the role and culminated her career with a brilliantly funny, witty performance that nab ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 5, 2012

    Chorus Boys Will Vamp At The Broadway Beauty Pageant

    It's one way to grab the spotlight and become a star! And who will be MC-ing the annual event, a vividly entertaining charity thingie for the Ali Forney Center, held on March 19 at Symphony Space?

  • Blogs

    January 18, 2012

    Queer Rising Gets Arrested, Other LGBT Activists Pile on Cuomo Over Homeless Youth Funding in Budget

    The activists over at Queer Rising, who got arrested again and again and again during the past couple of years fighting for marriage equality, took it to the streets yesterday and initiated their first encounter of 2012 with handcuffs in front of Governor Andrew Cuomo's midtown office. According ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 13, 2011

    'Night Of 1000 Judys' Is Tonight! They'll Sing 'Em All!

    ​No, not Judi Dench. Anyway, tonight's attractions: Jackie Hoffman will sing "Swanee." Tony winner Daisy Eagan will do "The Trolley Song." Emily Bergl (Desperate Housewives) will croon "Zing! Went The Strings of My Heart" And there will be more. They'll sing 'em all and they'll stay all n ... More >>

  • Voice Choices

    June 1, 2011

    JUDY, JUDY, JUDY . . .

    Say that a thousand times fast

  • Blogs

    April 5, 2011

    Ever Think He-Man and Linda Evans Were Separated At Birth?

    ​Then I've got just the art show for you! It's Skeletor Saves, a collective show improbably yet delightfully based on He-Man and the Masters of the Universe, with proceeds going to the Ali Forney Center for homeless LGBT youth. The above dip-tych-- Sam Simon's "Twins: He-Man and Linda Evans" ... More >>

  • Voice Choices

    March 30, 2011


    He-Man exhibited in true form

  • Columns

    April 27, 2010

    The Duchess of York Speaks Out About the Queen

    Living high with Sondheim. Other heroes include Sean Hayes, Denzel. On the other hand, Kelsey Grammer . . .

  • Blogs

    April 26, 2010

    Behind The Scenes at the Broadway Beauty Pageant

    Hotties from Memphis, Fela!, and Wicked battled it out last week at the Broadway Beauty Pageant at Symphony Space, where I was a judge, Tovah Feldshuh was the MC, the Ali Forney Center was the beneficiary, and the audience was very lucky. Check out Mike Diamond's coverage of the breezy yet import ... More >>

  • Columns

    January 5, 2010

    Oscar Winner Turned Away From Gay Beer Hall!

    Academy Awards heads-up: Basterds and biopsies.

  • Voice Choices

    November 24, 2009


    Mary, mother of Broadway

  • Blogs

    September 14, 2009

    The "Delicious" Bea Arthur Remembered

    Some of the biggest names in 1960s-80s showbiz were at the Majestic Theater today for the geriatric alternative to Fashion Week: a memorial to Bea Arthur, who passed away this April from cancer at the age of 86. Hundreds of theater and TV bigwigs shuffled their walkers into the rows for an "afternoo ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 22, 2009

    Broadway Beauties Battle For Cutie Crown

    Unlike Miss USA, the Broadway Beauty Pageant--a benefit for the Ali Forney Center, hosted by Tovah Feldshuh--didn't attract anyone who felt gay marriage was a bad idea. Even the token straight contestant--a hottie from Billy Elliot--said he's always supported the gays and added that the longest gay ... More >>

  • Columns

    December 31, 2008

    Cynthia Nixon on Sex and the City and Awards Shows Galore!

    Estrogen at the New York Women in Film & Television Muse awards; nights in drag with Murray Hill

  • Blogs

    April 22, 2008
  • NYC Life

    June 12, 2007

    Queer in the Crib

    Gay adults like to say they were born that way. So where are the gay children? Everywhere? Fabulous, baby.

  • Columns

    June 12, 2007

    Haven Can Wait

    Rehab as a beautiful experience, plus cracks about pies. Psst! Ted Haggard was a top.

  • News

    April 19, 2005

    Wounded Pride

    LGBT kids say city-funded shelter for the homeless breaks its covenant

  • Columns

    July 23, 2002