In the spirit of raising awareness about homeless LGBT youth, a music video was created and recently published by Smash Street, a survivor-led safe house art program for boys. The video titled "Where You're Sleeping Tonight" includes footage shot by adolescents who have been affected by homelessness and violence.
This video was created to support The Ali Forney Center in New York City, a well-known haven for homeless LGBT youth. These teens are more likely than straight teens to be subjects of violence on the streets and within the homeless shelter system. The AFC is committed to providing safe environments for these young people and helping them put their lives back together.
The organization has an upcoming called the Night of A Thousand Judys, which will be on June 16th. It will consist of a Pride concert that will take place at Merkin Concert Hall at the Kaufman Center. The event will honor Judy Garland with special skits, tributes and songs from her career as a performer. Also present at the event will be Jane Monheit, Sarah Dash, Rory O'Malley, Julia Murney, Erin McKeown and Gabrielle Stravelli.
The hopes of these efforts is that attention and awareness will be generated regarding the issue of homeless LGBT youth, and that progress will be made toward ending it.