Private Policy Launches Support for New York's Ali Forney Center

Private Policy Launches Support for New York's Ali Forney Center

Private Policy Launches Support for New York's Ali Forney Center

Supporting the homeless LGBTQ youth through the #LoveAli campaign.

Supporting the homeless LGBTQ youth through the #LoveAli campaign.

Text: Valerie Stepanova

In response to the global coronavirus pandemic, the New York-based genderless streetwear brand Private Policy has launched support for the Ali Forney Center’s (AFC) #LoveAli campaign. The 2019 CFDA Vogue Fashion Fund finalist has dreamed up an exclusive US-made T-shirt that will retail for $80 through a GoFundMe site and on Private Policy’s website starting on Thursday, April 9th. After covering the minimum production costs for the New York-based T-shirt manufacturer, all the proceeds will be donated to AFC — the nation’s largest and most comprehensive services and shelter provider for homeless LGBTQ youth.

“Raising awareness for social issues and causes in need is part of our brand’s DNA,” Private Policy designers Siying Qu and Haoran Li explained. “With the increasing number of people losing work, homelessness is on the rise and we knew that we needed to do something. We want to assist the Ali Forney Center in raising money to help keep their services going for the LGBTQ youth during a time they need the most!” 

In supporting the charitable organization, Private Policy will be joined by long-time AFC supporter Billy Porter of FX’s Pose, Tan France of Netflix’s Queer Eye, Bowen Yang of NBC’s Saturday Night Live and artist and activist Chella Man. Each of the supporters has agreed to sign a shirt that is to be mailed at random to those who have purchased the #LoveAli and/or donated to the organization.

With all aspects of production scheduled, the t-shirts are slated to be shipped out to their recipients in mid-May. In this time of need, AFC is choosing to keep its doors open and keep supporting the homeless LGBTQ youth by providing needed shelter and health services. 

“This is a testament to the commitment of our staff who is rising up to the increased challenges of our work, as well as to the community who has so generously provided the means for us to stay open,” shared Alex Roque, Executive Director of the Ali Forney Center. “We are deeply grateful to Private Policy for leveraging their brand to support the Ali Forney Center's young people during this difficult and uncertain time.” 

Click here to donate to the NY-based project supporting the homeless LGBTQ youth during the global pandemic.

V and VMAN are honoring charities that have only amplified their mission statements to ensure that those most affected by COVID-19 are supported. For those in the position to, we have included links in which you can lend a helping hand. Check out some more charities to donate to, below. 

Boys and Girls Club of America: Click here to help keep kids in a safe environment that allows for learning, playing and growing during the coronavirus.

CDC Foundation: Click here to help the CDC be prepared to strengthen security needs and immediate COVID-19 responses.

Ronald McDonald House Charities: Continue supporting families who have children with serious illnesses. You can donate here.

First Book: Click here to ensure kids are engaged in learning by providing with e-books and books to enjoy while out of school.

Meals on Wheels: Click here to lend a virtual hand and assist vulnerable seniors who are at higher risk of catching the infectious virus.

National Domestic Violence Hotline: With people confined to their homes, victims are more susceptible to domestic abuse. Click here for different ways to offer support during these times.

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