New York City is bursting with Pride today as the news was announced that one of our own is being honored by the White House as a "Champion of Change". Executive Director of the Ali Forney Center, Carl Siciliano, will receive the honor at the White House on July 12. Everyone who knows Carl know that no one deserve the honor more for his work with homeless LGBT youth. He is a fierce less fighter for their well being and rights.
The Ali Forney Center is one of the nation's largest organizations working on behalf of homeless LGBT youth.
In a press release Siciliano express his appreciation and the work still needing to be done:
"It is thrilling that as we celebrate the 10th anniversary of the Ali Forney Center, we are also being recognized by the White House for our pioneering work on behalf of homeless LGBT youth. When we opened the Ali Forney Center, the challenges we faced were daunting; there was very little awareness of the plight of homeless LGBT youth, especially on the federal level, and it was difficult to obtain support for our work. I am very grateful to President Obama for recognizing the needs of homeless LGBT youth and incorporating their care into his vision of ending youth homelessness. I am also grateful to the White House for recognizing the quality, innovation, and importance of the Ali Forney Center, which is a testament to all of the individuals who have served on the board, staff and as volunteers."