LGBT Center Wants to Buy Harlem Hate Pastor’s Church

We learned yesterday that hate-pastor James David Manning was on the verge of losing his church over unpaid debts.

Now, the Ali Forney Center, a place for homeless LGBT youth, wants to raise enough money to buy the anti-gay church and turn it into a place of love, acceptance, and tolerance.

“The biggest reason our youths are driven from their homes is because of homophobic and transphobic religious beliefs of their parents”, said Carl Siciliano, founder and executive director of AFC. “Because of this, it has been horrifying for us to have our youths exposed to Manning’s messages inciting hatred and violence against our community. It has meant the world to us that so many Harlem residents have stood up to support our young people, and are now urging us to provide urgently needed care at the site of so much hatred. If we are able to obtain the space it would truly be a triumph of love over hatred.

AFC hopes to raise at least $200K through an initial public fundraising effort, and will seek to leverage those funds to obtain additional support from local government, major donors and foundations. If the Ali Forney Center is not able to obtain the building, it commits to utilize any funds raised to increase its housing and vocational services for homeless LGBT youth in another site.

You can’t go wrong here. If they can’t raise enough to buy the ATLAH building, your donations are still going to a great cause.

You can make a donation right here.

(via Joe. My. God.)

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