Shred of Hope

Shred of Hope is an auction of one-of-a-kind Nasty Pig Shredder™ t-shirts designed by artists, musicians, activists and other allies of LGBTQ youth.

The auction takes place entirely online, and begins on June 20th. Bid on shirts after June 20th by clicking on the designers below. 

Shred of Hope is a fundraiser for the Ali Forney Center, the largest shelter for homeless LGBTQ youth in the United States.

100% of all funds raised by Shred of Hope will go directly to the Ali Forney Center.

Shred of Hope is presented by Nasty Pig, a menswear label based in New York City. 

Meet the Designers

Keith Boykin


Keith Boykin is a CNBC contributor, MSNBC commentator, BET columnist, and New York Times best-selling author.

I wanted to participate in the Shred of Hope project for the Ali Forney Center  to help raise awareness about the needs of LGBT homeless youth in New York City. I remember when I first moved to New York in 2001 and I used to see hundreds of LGBT youth on Christopher Street in Greenwich Village, and then over time they mostly disappeared. Many of those young people didn't have homes or supportive families and communities to help them, and so I'm glad the Ali Forney Center exists to provide services for them. As a writer, my last book, For Colored Boys Who Have Considered Suicide When The Rainbow Is Still Not Enough, deals with the crises facing LGBT youth of color. Supporting Ali Forney seemed like a great way to continue the outreach of the book and help raise money for a worthy cause.

Keith Boykin is a CNBC contributor, MSNBC commentator, BET columnist, and New York Times best-selling author.

Each of Keith’s four books has been nominated for a Lambda Literary Award, including his most recent book, For Colored Boys Who Have Considered Suicide When The Rainbow Is Still Not Enough, which also won the American Library Association Stonewall Award for Nonfiction in 2013. 

Educated at Dartmouth and Harvard, Keith attended law school with President Barack Obama and served in the White House as a special assistant to President Bill Clinton, where he was once the highest ranking openly gay person in the Clinton White House. He also helped organize and participated in the nation’s first ever meeting between a sitting president and leaders of the LGBT community.

Keith has been actively involved in progressive causes since he worked on his first congressional campaign while still a student in high school. He is a veteran of six political campaigns, including two presidential campaigns, and he was named one of the top instructors when he taught political science at American University in Washington.

Keith has traveled extensively across four continents, and in 1997 President Clinton appointed him, along with Coretta Scott King and Rev. Jesse Jackson, to the U.S. presidential trade delegation to Zimbabwe.

After starring on the 2004 Showtime television series American Candidate, Keith has since appeared on numerous national media programs, including Anderson Cooper 360, The O’Reilly Factor, The Tyra Banks Show, The Montel Williams Show, Judge Hatchett and The Tom Joyner Morning Show.

A founder and first board president of the National Black Justice Coalition, Keith has spoken to audiences, large and small, all across the world. He delivered a landmark speech to 200,000 people at the Millennium March on Washington and he gave a stirring speech about the AIDS epidemic in front of 40,000 people in Chicago’s Soldier Field in July 2006.

Keith was an associate producer of the 2007 feature film Dirty Laundry and has recently taped a television appearance in an upcoming BET drama series.

His third book, Beyond the Down Low: Sex, Lies and Denial in Black America, spent four weeks on the New York Times bestseller list. Keith won the Lambda Literary Award for his second book, Respecting The Soul, and his first book, One More River to Cross, is taught in colleges and universities throughout the country. 

Born and raised in St. Louis, Missouri, Keith lives in New York City and Miami.

Adam Lambert


Adam Lambert is a pop singer and songwriter who rose to prominence as one of the finalists on the 8th season of American Idol. His latest album is Trespassing.

Adam Lambert was already a seasoned theatrical performer before competing on American Idol, where his stunning performances are still widely regarded as some of the most riveting moments in Idol history.

When the show ended, he toured the U.S. with the other Top 10 finalists while working on For Your Entertainment, which debuted at No. 3 on the Billboard Top 200 chart and earned Lambert a Grammy Award nomination for “Best Male Pop Vocal Performance,” in addition to scores of international awards and honors. He graced the covers of Rolling Stone, Details, Entertainment Weekly, The Advocate, and Out,  appeared on every major late night and daytime talk show, and became the first openly gay mainstream pop artist to launch a career on a major record label in the United States.

Lambert channeled his newfound fame into raising awareness about issues close to his heart, advocating on behalf of LGBT causes The Trevor Project, Equality California, and GLAAD, as well as for charity organizations MusiCares, charity:water, and DonorsChoose.org.

Other achievements include becoming the first American Idol finalist to tour the world in support of a debut album in the year following their season — a thrilling spectacle documented on Lambert’s 2011 DVD Glam Nation Live, which bowed at No. 1 on SoundScan’s Top Music Videos chart, and became the best-selling debut of any release on the Music Videos chart last year. His most recent album Trespassing debuted at number 1 on the Billboard 200 album chart. 

“I’m a firm believer that life doesn’t just happen to you”, Lambert says. “We are all on a journey that we have the ability to affect and change. Sometimes we have to trespass out of our comfort zone in order to evolve. Trespassing was written about the push and pull that we all go through on our quest for happiness, allowing the listener to find their own balance within my world.”

Dustin Lance Black


Dustin Lance Black is a screenwriter, producer, director and social activist. He won the Academy Award® and two WGA Awards for Best Original Screenplay for MILK, the biopic of the late civil rights activist Harvey Milk starring Sean Penn.

Every day I work hard to fulfill the promise I made to the young people in all 50 states -- that they will soon enjoy full Federal equality. But I know that until we reach that bright tomorrow, we must support programs like Ali Forney, to catch the young people who are suffering from intolerance, bullying and discrimination today. As Harvey Milk said, "We gotta give em' Hope."

Dustin Lance Black is a screenwriter, producer, director and social activist, having won the Academy Award® and two WGA Awards for Best Original Screenplay for MILK, the biopic of the late civil rights activist Harvey Milk starring Sean Penn.  He is also a founding board member of the American Foundation for Equal Rights (AFER) which is leading the Federal Case against Prop 8 in CA with lawyers David Boise and Ted Olson.

In 2012 Black merged his passions with “8” a new play based on the Federal Prop 8 trial. Black’s LA cast included George Clooney, Brad Pitt, Martin Sheen, Kevin Bacon and John C. Reilly.  The play was broadcast live and continues to break viewership records online.  Hundreds of original productions are now scheduled across the United States.

An honors graduate of UCLA’s School of Film and Television, Black began his career as an art director and quickly transitioned to directing documentaries and commercials. Black’s documentaries ON THE BUS (2001) and MY LIFE WITH COUNT DRACULA (2003) debuted to acclaim and lead to a successful stint producing and directing TLC and BBC’s hit program FAKING IT, which received notices for its unflinching sociological commentaries.

In 2004, Black signed on to draw on his Mormon childhood experiences in San Antonio as a writer and co-producer on HBO’s Emmy® and Golden Globe® nominated polygamist drama BIG LOVE.  He continued to write for the show through its 3rd season in 2008. During that time, Black also penned the screenplay PEDRO, about the life and legacy of famed openly gay, HIV positive Real World cast member Pedro Zamora. The film earned Black his 2nd WGA Award nomination when it premiered on MTV and VH1 in 2009.

In 2011, Mr. Black earned his 2nd  “10 Best of the Year” award from the American Film Institute for his Clint Eastwood directed screenplay J.EDGAR starring Leonardo DiCaprio.  He recently completed THE BAREFOOT BANDIT based on the true story of Colton Harris-Moore for FOX, and is now adapting Jon Krakauer’s acclaimed UNDER THE BANNER OF HEAVEN about Fundamentalist Mormonism for director Ron Howard.  Black’s feature directorial debut VIRGINIA (Jennifer Connelly and Ed Harris) premiered in theaters May 2012.

Since winning the Oscar in 2009, Black has split his creative time in order to fight for LGBTQ equality at the Federal level. Beyond working with the American Foundation For Equal Rights (AFER), he is on the Board of the Trevor Project, a national LGBTQ youth suicide hotline. Black has also been on an international equal rights speaking tour, and was one of a handful of organizers of the LGBT March on Washington in October 2009 where he spoke to an audience of over 150,000 demonstrators in front of the Nation’s Capital.

Mr. Black has had three books published, has written for every major screenwriting magazine, contributes to The Daily Beast and The Huffington Post, topped the list of OUT Magazine´s 40 under 40, and has repeatedly been named one of the 50 most powerful LGBT people in America today.

Alan Cumming


Alan Cumming is an actor / writer / director / producer / photographer / adventurer and has been a fan of both Nasty Pig and the Ali Forney Center for many years. Finally the cosmos allowed him to collaborate with both.

Alan Cumming is an actor / writer / director / producer / photographer / adventurer and has been a fan of both Nasty Pig and the Ali Forney Center for many years. Finally the cosmos allowed him to collaborate with both.

Alan Cumming is beyond eclectic.

Right now he is the political maverick Eli Gold on CBS' The Good Wife, for which he has received Emmy, SAG and Satellite award nominations, but over the last couple of years he has also: sung at venues around the globe including the Sydney Opera House; appeared in films opposite Helen Mirren, Cher, James Franco and Christina Aguilera; voiced a Smurf, a goat and Hitler; entered upside down and suspended by his ankles in a Greek tragedy, and sparred with Dianne Wiest in Chekhov; directed and starred in a musical condom commercial; written articles forNewsweekHarpers Bazaar and Out; recorded an award-winning album of songs and a dance remix; made three documentaries; released a second fragrance (naturally named Second Cumming); hosted PBS' Masterpiece Mystery as well as speaking out for LGBT equality and civil rights and going to Buckingham Palace to receive an OBE for all of the above. Oh, and Time Magazine also called him one of the most fun people in show business. Duh!

He was an award-winning Hamlet and he had his own talk show. He shot a video portrait with Robert Wilson and recorded a duet with Liza Minnelli. He made films back to back with Stanley Kubrick and the Spice Girls. He wrote a Sunday Times best-selling novel and has an award-winning signature fragrance. He has played Dionysus, the Devil, the Pope and was shot by Herb Ritts for Vanity Fair as Pan. He was a teleporting superhero, a Lee Jeans model and hosted Saturday Night Live. He is an Independent Spirit Award-winning producer and National Board of Review-winning director. He has sung at Carnegie Hall, the Hollywood Bowl, the London Palladium and San Francisco's Castro Theatre. He was named Icon of Scotland. He designed wallpaper. He was the voice of Black Beauty. He isn’t nearly done yet.

Andy Cohen


Andy Cohen is Bravo's Executive Vice President of Development and Talent. The host of "Watch What Happens Live," he also serves as Executive Producer on the "Top Chef" and “The Real Housewives” franchises.

When I learned that 40% of all homeless youth are LGBTQ, I was shocked. These kids are among the most vulnerable members of our community and they need our help.  I am glad to have the opportunity to help spread awareness of this ongoing tragedy and raise money for Ali Forney Center, who are doing such good work to get these kids back on their feet.

Andy Cohen is Bravo's Executive Vice President of Development and Talent, a position he has held since November 2011. He is responsible for overseeing the network's current development slate, creating original content, developing innovative formats and identifying new talent. He also serves as Executive Producer on Emmy and James Beard award-winning "Top Chef," and “The Real Housewives” franchises. 

In addition, Cohen is the host and Executive Producer of “Watch What Happens Live," Bravo’s late night, interactive talk show that features guests from some of Bravo's most popular series, as well as from the world of entertainment, politics and pop culture. The series includes lively debates on everything from fashion, the latest on fans favorite Bravolebrities, to what celebrity is making headlines that week. Past guests have included Sarah Jessica Parker, Tina Fey, Liam Neeson, Jerry Seinfeld, Jimmy Fallon, Patti LaBelle, Molly Shannon, Kristen Chenoweth, Tracey Ullman, Anderson Cooper, Ellen Barkin, Kelly Ripa, Mark Consuelos, Diane Von Furstenberg, Lance Bass as well as several ‘Bravolebrities.’Cohen also hosts the network’s highly rated reunion specials and writes "Andy's Blog," posted daily on BravoTV.com, where he covers pop culture, television, media and his daily life.

In December of 2012 GQ Magazine named Cohen one of the 25 Best Dressed Men of the Year and June 2012 Cohen became a New York Times best-selling author with the release of his first book “Most Talkative: Stories from the Frontlines of Pop Culture” published by Henry Holt. 

Cohen received an Emmy award when season six of “Top Chef” won Outstanding Reality Competition Program at the 2010 primetime Emmy awards  and  has been nominated for twelve additional  Emmy Awards as Executive Producer of "Project Greenlight," "Project Runway," "Top Chef" and "Queer Eye."

Born in St. Louis, Cohen is a graduate of Boston University where he received a B.A. degree in broadcast journalism. Cohen is currently on the board of directors for charity Friends In Deed and currently resides in New York City.

Michael Stipe


Michael Stipe is an artist, singer/songwriter, and producer. He fronted the band R.E.M. for 31 years, selling over 100 million records.

I participated in Shred of Hope because I had always wanted to work with the Ali Forney Center and Nasty Pig gave me the perfect opportunity to do so. 

Michael Stipe, American, born 1960, is an artist, producer and singer/songwriter.  He fronted the band R.E.M. for 31 years, selling over 100 million records and touring the world.  As film producer he has, since 1987, made over 25 feature films, including Spike Jonze's Being John Malkovich and Todd Haynes' Velvet Goldmine.  In the past 7 years his focus is on sculpture and cross-medium work, recently including bronze, plastic, cardboard, and digital imagery.  His book, FEAR OF THE EMPTY, is released spring 2014 by Rizzoli.  He lives in New York City. 

John Cameron Mitchell


John Cameron Mitchell is a writer, director and actor who was honored as Best Director at the Sundance Film Festival for his film Hedwig and the Angry Inch. He's working on a stage sequel to Hedwig and appearing on HBO's Girls.

I wanted my shirt to celebrate Ali Forney with a little Hedwig thrown in cuz if she was real she would've been welcome there.

John directed, wrote and starred in the film Hedwig and the Angry Inch (2001), for which he was honored as Best Director at the Sundance Film Festival and nominated for a Golden Globe as Best Actor. He was executive producer of Jonathan Caouette's documentary Tarnation (2004). His sexually frank improv-based film Shortbus was released in 2006.  He directed Rabbit Hole (2011) adapted from the Pulitzer Prize-winning play and starring Nicole Kidman in an Oscar-nominated performance.

He’s presently working on a stage sequel to Hedwig as well as appearing on HBO’s Girls.

Dan Savage & Terry Miller


Dan Savage and Terry Miller are husbands, parents, and activists. They founded the It Gets Better Project in 2010.

"I totally support the work Ali Forney has done, and continues to do, to support young LGBT people, giving them the means to stand up for themselves and on their own two feet." - Terry Miller

Terry Miller is an event promoter, musician and DJ. he has produced events for artists including satirical LA pop duo and Garfunkel and Oates, J.D. Twitch and NPR's Ira Glass. 

Terry grew up in Spokane, Washington; with his husband, Dan Savage, he co-founded the It Gets Better Project in 2010. The It Gets Better Project has become a global movement, inspiring more than 50,000 videos. Savage and Miller co-edited the It Gets Better book, published in March 2011. In 2012, the It Gets Better Project received the Governors Award from the Academy of Television Arts and Sciences for demonstrating the extraordinary use of television.

 

Dan Savage is a writer, activist, and TV personality best known for his political and social commentary, as well as his honest approach to sex, love and relationships.

Savage is the author of American Savage: Insights, Slights, and Fights on Faith, Sex, Love, and Politics; The Commitment: Love, Sex, Marriage and My Family; Skipping Towards Gomorrah: The Seven Deadly Sins and the Pursuit of Happiness in America (Lambda Literary Award for Nonfiction); The Kid: What Happened When My Boyfriend and I Decided to Get Pregnant (PEN West Award for Creative Nonfiction); and Savage Love. He co-authored How to be a Person. 

Savage is the Editorial Director of The Stranger, Seattle's weekly alternative newspaper, and his writing has appeared widely in publications including The New York Times, The New York Times Magazine, GQ, Rolling Stone, The Onion, and Salon.com. Savage is also a contributor to Ira Glass's This American Life. His sex advice column, "Savage Love", is syndicated in newspapers and websites throughout the United States, Canada, Europe and Asia.

In 2010, Savage and his husband, Terry Miller, created a YouTube video meant to offer hope to bullied LGBTQ youth. The It Gets Better Project has become a global movement, inspiring more than 50,000 videos. Savage and Miller co-edited the It Gets Better book, published in March 2011. In 2012, the It Gets Better Project received the Governors Award from the Academy of Television Arts and Sciences for demonstrating the extraordinary use of television.

Savage grew up in Chicago and now lives in Seattle, Washington with his husband and their son, DJ.

 

 

 

Bob Mould


Bob Mould is an American guitarist, singer, and songwriter. Mould was the leader of influential 1980’s hardcore punk group Hüsker Dü, the alternative rock trio Sugar, and is a co-founder of Blowoff.

I lived in New York City in the 1990’s. I remember seeing homeless kids hanging out along the Hudson River near the Christopher Street PATH station. New York City can be a rough place, but growing up in a violent home is even tougher for LGBTQ teens.

We need places like Ali Forney Center to help homeless youth safely find their way. When I heard about the terrible damage to the Center due to Hurricane Sandy, I wanted to help. Blowoff helped to raise initial funds in November 2012. And now, with Shred of Hope, Nasty Pig is bringing greater awareness to Ali Forney Center.

I am humbled and honored to be part of this campaign.

Bob Mould is an American guitarist, singer, and songwriter. Mould was the leader of influential 1980’s hardcore punk group Hüsker Dü and has released several solo albums including 1989’s acclaimed Workbook. In 1992 Mould created the alternative rock trio Sugar, yielding three Top 10 albums as well as several music videos that were featured on MTV.

Mould co-founded Blowoff, a DC-based DJ event, in 2003. After moving to San Francisco in 2009, Mould was part of Zoo and Distortion+ parties. Mould was the DJ at Milton Keynes National Bowl (outside London) for 65,000 Foo Fighters fans. Mould also toured America with the Foos as both a DJ and guest vocalist/guitarist.

Mould’s autobiography See A Little Light: The Trail of Rage and Melody was published by LIttle, Brown in June 2011. In late 2011, Mould’s three decade-plus songbook was honored at Walt Disney Concert Hall in Los Angeles, and the concert documentary was released in 2012.

September 2012 saw the release of rock album Silver Age, followed by worldwide touring as well as appearances on Late Show with David Letterman, Conan, and Late Night with Jimmy Fallon. Mould also performed on the world-famous PBS series Austin City Limits.

Mould and his band are currently performing at festivals, theaters, and clubs in Europe and North America.

Jake Shears


Jake Shears is a singer and songwriter for Scissor Sisters.

 LGBT youth need us now more than ever. The more visibility we have in the world, the more LGBT youth are going to come out and be in possible vulnerable situations.  As adults, we must not forget those that are coming after us, we must take care of our own.

Jake Shears is a singer and songwriter for Scissor Sisters. He has written, performed and recorded with everyone from Mark Ronson, to Cher, to Pal Williams to Kylie Minogue. He can currently be heard singing on the new Queens of the Stone Age album ...Like Clockwork. He lives in LA with his husband and dog Toby and occasionally DJ's under the name Krystal Pepsi.

 

 

Mike Ruiz


Mike Ruiz is a world-renowned photographer, who also happens to be a TV personality, former model, actor and director.

It is an honor and thrill to be able to combine my love for fashion and my support of The Ali Forney Center into the "Shred of Hope" project. I was pleasantly surprised at my ability to whip up a Shredder design!

Mike Ruiz is a world-renowned photographer, who also happens to be a TV personality, former model, actor and director. Mike's lens has done a whole lot of zooming in and zooming out on everyone from Nicki Minaj, Katy Perry, Kelly Clarkson and Prince to Kim Kardashian, Betty White and Beyonce, Mike's latest creation is a convergence of photography and technology in the form of an application called Pretty Masculine.

Ally Sheedy


Ally is a mother, actor and writer. She has appeared in dozens of movies and television shows, including War Games, The Breakfast Club, St. Elmo's Fire, Short Circuit, and Maid To Order.

I first became involved with the Ali Forney Center when a board member, Neil Koenigsberg, invited me to a benefit. Because I am the blessed mother of a beautiful queer daughter, the plight of homeless LGBTQ teens is close to my heart. I'm committed to doing anything I can with the Center in order to ease the lives of these valuable but abandoned young people in our community.

Ally is a mother, actor and writer. She has appeared in dozens of movies and television shows. Notably War Games, The Breakfast Club, St. Elmo's Fire, Short Circuit, Maid To Order and High Art, for which she received several awards including the Independent Spirit award for Best Actress. Ally has had a recurring role on the TV series Psych for 4 seasons playing "Yang". Ally has also appeared off-Broadway in Hedwig and the Angry Inch. Upcoming films include Fugly with Jon Leguizamo and Full Circle written by Neil LaBute. Ally has been teaching drama students at La Guardia High School part time over the past year.

 

Isis King


Isis King is a model, designer, and actress perhaps most familiar for her appearances on America's Next Top Model, and a former client of the Ali Forney Center.

I'm so excited to be a part of this project! As a graduate of Ali Forney myself it touches way closer then most would know. I'm in the middle of searching for design jobs so being hands-on making my Shredder tee in the studio was great timing and inspirational for me. I hope Shred of Hope raises a ton and Ali Forney can continue to grow so we can get more of these young adults a bed to sleep in.

Isis King is a graduate of The Art Institute of Philadelphia with a Degree in Fashion Design, who later become one of the most recognized models from the Americas Next Top Model franchise. Isis was the face of American Apparel's Pride Campaign in 2012 and has been in countless magazines like Seventeen, Us Weekly, and Swerv. She is a model, designer, and actress whoes latest project "Hello Forever," filmed in the Philippines, was just submitted to film festivals including Toronto.

Eve Salvail


Dame Eve Salvail is a top model, actor, musician, singer, celebrity DJ and was recently knighted in Canada. "The quintessential rebel."

I decided to get involved with Shred of Hope and the Ali Forney Center after David and Fred of Nasty Pig asked me. The project made me aware of a harsh reality I didn't even know existed, and I plan to get involve in any way I can. Since my participation I have heard of a few of my friends also helping with the youth center too. We recognize that there is a great need for our help here and I'm so thankful to the boys at Nasty Pig for inviting me to get involved. I couldn't feel more honored. Really.

Top model, actor, musician, singer, celebrity DJ and most recently knighted in Canada, Dame Eve Salvail..."the quintessential rebel".

Widely-known for her film roles in Pret-a-Porter, Robert Altman (1994), Unzipped, Isaac Mizrahi (1995), The Fifth Element, Luc Besson (1997), Celebrity, Woody Allen, (1998), Hostage, Fredrik Sundwall, (1999) and Zoolander, Ben Stiller (2001), Quebec native Eve Salvail is best recognized for gracing many of the fashion world's most celebrated catwalks around the globe as one of the Top Fashion Models of the 1990's.  In fact, with her stunning beauty and some say shocking, tattooed baldness, Eve Salvail was once crowned with the distinction of transforming the generalized concept of beauty within the fashion industry.

With her revolutionary sense of style, Eve single-handedly changed the face of modeling forever, translating that success into several successful major film endeavors. Later, her very serious and successful career as a high profile Celebrity DJ is showing us that she is as talented (and stunning) off the big screen and the catwalks, as she is on.  What's more, it is a further pronouncement of her uncanny ability to make her presence known, this time in an industry long governed by men.

Eve credits her inspiration to 'Man' the decks by fellow genre-bending female DJ's who helped blaze the trails in New York City over a decade ago.  Since then she has honed her own style and skills over the past several years, landing her gigs with some of the biggest clients in the world, including Tag Heuer, Conde Nast Traveler, Andre Balaz properties, Zac Posen, OK! Magazine, Saks Fifth Avenue, and many more.  As well, she is regularly spotted in the booths of some of the hottest clubs in New York, Chicago, Miami, and Los Angeles.

Eve's foray into the music industry is by no means new.  By age 14 she was singing as the lead in bands, and in her early twenties was writing her own lyrics with the help of rocker pal Bryan Adams.  But now her inspiration is the music she selects.  "The dance floor is a blank canvas and I want to paint a picture," explains Eve.

"In my heart, I feel I was always meant to create. But I'm in no rush.  It's the journey that counts, and I plan to enjoy it one beat at a time."

 

Chris Bilal


Chris Bilal is an activist who works for Streetwise & Safe and is a proud member of Communities United for Police Reform; he is also a former client of the Ali Forney Center.

Since much of the success of Stonewall derives from the courage of (transgender) women and gender non-conforming people, I thought it fitting to depict two women, transcending the power of the state and their police, represented by the finger-giving man and the leashed pigs respectively. I depicted this because the heroism and abuse of women is often ignored in the history of Stonewall and missing in debates around Stop and Frisk. The inclusion of the powerful black women framed as "Negresses" is also inspired by a Basquiat-Warhol painting and is both a nod to Nasty Pig's hip hop aesthetic and the long spirit of queer collaborative art. The pyramid represents a different time when our bodies and color were respected, when homosexuality wasn't a concept. The cuts illuminate the invisible scars we wear each day. The gills remind me that police make it hard for us to breathe. The Trouble at the back neckline represents me being labeled as trouble and the police being the real threat. The gas mask and the heart symbolizes the constant battle between communities and police. The police continue to militarize and the communities ask for more love.

After escaping a domestically violent relationship I turned to the Ali Forney Center for help. The center's caring life coaches, relentless advocates and weekly creative writing group helped me to not only attain the physical necessities like my identification card, but helped me reclaim the more emotional necessities such as my queer identity, my strong voice, and the awareness that I was not a mere victim of domestic violence, but an expert. 

Now I am campaign staff at Streetwise and Safe, an organization that challenges the criminalization of and violence against LGBTQ youth of color through homophobic policies and policing. My community education, policy advocacy and outreach work is driven by my struggle and the shared struggle of other queer youth of color I befriended at AFC. In addition to braving sexual violence and verbal abuse in our former homes, workplace and/or schools, each day we are also being sexually, physically and emotionally assaulted by the NYPD on the streets. 

To protect and empower my community I teach LGBTQ youth of color how to assert their rights in police encounters and I help facilitate their involvement in campaigns to end discriminatory policing, especially campaigns that center the leadership and experiences of LGBTQ folks and youth, like Communities United for Police Reform (CPR). As a spokesperson for Streetwise and Safe I elevate the experiences of LGBTQ youth in debates around policing and safety in NYC around Stop & Frisk, connecting the brutality that LGBTQ youth endure today to the harassment and resistance of our Stonewall elders of yesterday. 

Mr Mickey Boardman


Mr Mickey Boardman is the Editorial Director of PAPER Magazine, and the author of the popular "Ask Mr Mickey" column.

It's hard enough to be an LGBT youth already but throw in the fact that you've been kicked out of your home and it's too horrible to even contemplate. That's why the work Ali Forney Center does is so critical. Without a home kids can't do ANYTHING.

My shirt was inspired by the fact that I'm addicted to sparkle and love jewelry. What can I say? I'm an over-accessorized magpie.

A popular fixture on the New York social scene PAPER Magazine’s Editorial Director Mickey Boardman is a man of many talents. His vivacious nature and quirky personality have landed him gigs as a cultural commentator, lifestyle expert and fashion guru for networks like VH-1, A & E, Style Channel, E! and Fox News.

Boardman hails from Hanover Park, Illinois and moved to New York to study Fashion Design at The Parsons School of Design.

Today Boardman’s advice column “Ask Mr. Mickey” has become a PAPER Magazine fan favorite for the past 18 years. His writing has appeared in the New York Times Magazine, Out and German Vogue.

As an influential tastemaker Boardman has been featured in books like Smile i-D:Fashion & Style, 20 years of I-D Magazine, Simon Doonan’s Eccentric Glamour and Timothy Greenfield-Sanders, Look: Portraits Backstage at Olympus Fashion Week.

A philanthropist as well, Boardman has been active in many charitable efforts including Doctors Without Borders, Coalition for the Homeless and Red Cross earthquake relief for Haiti and Chile. Boardman is most passionate about Citta which builds schools, clinics and women's cooperatives in India and Nepal. 

Joe Jervis


Joe Jervis is the author of Joe.My.God., the popular LGBT news and culture blog named "Best Gay Blog," Advocate Magazine's "Readers' Favorite", and After Elton's "Website Of The Year."

As a longtime supporter of the important work of the Ali Forney Center, I'm thrilled to particpate in Shred Of Hope.  Although our movement has seen tremendous advances nationwide recently, huge numbers of LGBT youth continue to sleep on the dangerous streets of New York City. We cannot let political wins overshadow the ongoing tragedy striking our community's most vulnerable.

Joe Jervis is the author of Joe.My.God., the popular LGBT news and culture blog named "Best Gay Blog," Advocate Magazine's "Readers' Favorite", and After Elton's "Website Of The Year." In 2009 Joe was named one of Instinct Magazine's Men Of The Year.

Also that year Joe was the recipient of the New York City LGBT Anti-Violence Project Courage Award for his campaign against anti-gay hate crimes. Shortly afterwards, San Francisco Mayor Gavin Newsom proclaimed October 10th to be "Joe Jervis Day."

In 2010, Joe was the recipient of the Ali Forney Center's Advocate Award for his fundraising and advocacy on behalf of New York City's homeless LGBT youth. In 2011, Joe was the first-ever recipient of the GLAAD Media Award for Best LGBT Blog. The following year the San Francisco Gay Men's Chorus honored Joe as their Media Champion. One of the Top 100 most widely-read political blogs in America, Joe.My.God. focuses on gay rights, LGBT youth,  queer culture, and fights every day to expose anti-gay bigotry and hypocrisy.

For his twelve years in New York City, Joe has also been on the staff of Pride Magazine, the official national title of LGBT pride where he is Senior Editor and national project director. Joe's writing has been published Pride Magazine as well as numerous other LGBT publications. His activism and blog has been cited in the New York Times, Washington Post, Village Voice, and many other national news outlets. Joe is a frequent guest on national talk radio to discuss breaking news items of LGBT interest.

JD Samson


JD Samson is the leader of the band MEN and one-third of the electronic-feminist-punk band and performance project Le Tigre.

I wanted to be a part of the Shred of Hope program because I am a big supporter of the Ali Forney Center and wanted to contribute anything I could for the process of building their organization back after Hurricane Sandy, and helping to fund the continued support they give to the LGBTQI community.

JD Samson is best known as leader of the band MEN and for being one-third of the electronic-feminist-punk band and performance project, Le Tigre. For more than a decade JD's career as a singer, producer and DJ has landed her at the intersection of music, art, activism, and fashion.

In 2007, MEN began as a DJ/Remix/Production team featuring JD. Eventually, MEN became a live band and art collective. 

Throughout the years, JD has been photographed and featured in a near-endless stream of magazines, publications and fine art projects, as an androgynous sex symbol and “icon of nerdy-cool” (New York Times). Most recently, JD was photographed for a seven page spread in Vogue Hommes International, profiled by Interview Magazine and wrote a widely-quoted piece on the economics of being an artist for The Huffington Post.

She is, in short, one of the most engaging and forward-thinking DJ/producer/singer/activists working today. As her influence continues to grow her music and perspective ripples ever outward.

Scott Hoffman


Scott Hoffman is a musician, songwriter and producer who’s best known to his fans as Babydaddy. He is a co-founder of the platinum-selling band Scissor Sisters.

"LBTQ people have fought a lot of battles and won a lot of victories over the last few decades, which is why it's especially horrifying that so many of the youngest and most vulnerable members of our community are disproportionately and cruelly subjected to homelessness. These kids are our responsibility, and I was honored to have the opportunity to help in any way I can."

Scott Hoffman is a musician, songwriter and producer who’s best known to his fans as Babydaddy, co-founder of the platinum-selling band Scissor Sisters. Scott (with bandmate Jake Shears) has also collaborated with artists such as Kylie Minogue, and Bryan Ferry, and continues to write and produce music in New York City. 

Jeff Whitty


Jeff Whitty is a writer and performer whose written works include the scripts for the musicals Avenue Q, Bring It On, and Tales of the City.

My shredder is made from the shirt that I wore to the opening night of Broadway's Avenue Q on July 31st, 2004. I always like my opening night outfits to push the boundaries a bit, and a shirt that said "SLUT" in big sparkly letters seemed just the ticket. It was a big hit. I hung on to the shirt for nine years. Despite its sentimental value I knew I could never wear it again. When the opportunity emerged to benefit the Ali Forney Center as well as work with my favorite clothing company, I knew that it was time for that shirt to be recut, repurposed and reborn. It was a delight to work with David and Fred in their studio. I feel like I grew up with Nasty Pig. The company started shortly after I arrived in New York City and their flagship store was only five blocks from where I lived for 13 years. So this shirt represents a lovely congruence of factors, all to benefit one of the NYC gay community's most important charities: the Ali Forney Center. And most important: I finally get to be a Nasty Pig model. My bucket list is one item shorter.

Jeff Whitty is a writer and performer whose written works include the scripts for the musicals Avenue Q, Bring It On, and Tales of the City. He lives in Los Angeles and is currently immersed in the world of TV development.

Fred Schneider


Fred Schneider is a singer-songwriter and the frontman for the B-52s.

When I found out about the Ali Forney Center, I really wanted to get involved in some way, and now I'm glad I'm able to make a contribution. You'll see me at as many events as I can attend. I used a B-52s tee and an Ali Forney shirt to create a masterpiece of a shredder. It's worth a million dollars but it's yours for the winning bid.

Fred Schneider is a singer and songwriter and a founding member of the B-52s, the band responsible for classics including "Rock Lobster," "Love Shack," "Roam" and "Private Idaho." This summer, the B-52s will be on tour with the Go-Gos.  Schneider also works with a side project called The Superions, and has released two solo albums. 

Phil Jimenez


Phil Jimenez is an Wizard, Diamond, and Inkpot Award-winning writer and artist who has worked for DC and Marvel Comics for the past two decades.

I've actually had a hard time explaining why I wanted to participate in this particular fundraiser; it's easy to sound trite or cliche in such responses, and not come off as privileged or obnoxious. I have been very lucky in life; I've never required the resources of an organization like AFC. But I know that we live in a world where many, many young people -- particular LGBT minority kids -- don't have what I had, and they must have a place for the basics that got me where I am today: a place to give them shelter, food, medical aid, counseling, and a sense of family and safety. It seems to me that  contributing to fulfilling those needs in one little way -- simply through sewing some art on a shredder shirt -- is about the least I can do, especially after a disaster like last year's hurricanes. These kids are more than worth it.

Phil Jimenez is an Wizard, Diamond, and Inkpot Award-winning writer and artist who has worked for DC and Marvel Comics for the past two decades. Best known for his work on New-X-Men, Astonishing X-Men, Wonder Woman, Infinite Crisis, Otherworld, The Amazing Spider-Man, and most recently, the Fables spin-off Fairest, Jimenez has also worked in film (Spider-Man), television (Heroes) and print media (TV Guide, Elle).  Further, he has created large-scale artworks for schools and museums, including the Chicago Museum of Science and Industry; has lectured at universities and the Library of Congress on the topic of identity and diversity in entertainment, and also mentored young designers at the Cooper Hewitt National Design Museum. Considered the most prominent gay creator in mainstream comics (Entertainment Weekly, Out), Jimenez also teaches life drawing at the School of Visual Arts in NYC. You can follow Phil on Facebook and Twitter @Philjimeneznyc

Kalup Linzy


Kalup Linzy is a video and performance artist based in Brooklyn, New York.

Back when I was in college I would often meet individuals who had been rejected and abandoned by their families because of their sexual orientation. The club, streets, or friends place became their home. Although I never had to worry about being homeless or rejected by those I love, I empathize with those who or do. This is my reason for supporting Shred of Hope.

Kalup Linzy is a video and performance artist based in Brooklyn, New York. Born in Stuckey, Florida. Linzy received his MFA from the University of South Florida. He also attended the Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture. Linzy has been the recipient of numerous awards including a grant from the Louis Comfort Tiffany Foundation, the John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation fellowship, Creative Capital Foundation grant, a Jerome Foundation Fellowship, an Art Matters Grant, and The Headlands Center for the Arts Alumni Awards Residency.

Linzy's best-known work is a series of politically charged videos that satirize the conventions of the television soap opera. His work has been included in exhibitions Frequency at the Studio Museum in Harlem, Prospect.1 New Orleans, 30 Americans, Rubell Family Collection, MoMA PS1 Greater New York, At Home/Not At Home: Works from the Collection of Martin and Rebecca Eisenberg, Hessel Museum of Art, Bard College. His work is in the public collections at The Studio Museum in Harlem, Whitney Museum of Art, Museum of Modern Art, and The Metropolitan Museum of Art.

In summer 2010, Linzy appeared on the long running ABC soap opera General Hospital alongside James Franco in a story line that incorporated performance art. In 2011, he released the music EP Turn It Up (featuring James Franco) and was featured in the production Four Saints in Three Acts: An Opera Installation presented by San Francisco Museum of Modern Art and Yerba Beuna Center. In 2012, he was awarded a Headlands Center for the Arts Alumni Residency in Sausalito, CA, where he shot the majority of his upcoming feature film (Introducing Kaye) Romantic Loner. The Romantic Loner album is his third full length album which is available on iTunes and other digital outlets.

Scott Lope


Scott Lope is a world renowned animal welfare advocate who appears regularly on Animal Planet, History Channel, and Discovery.

As someone who will always fight for the underdog and despises bullying in any form --  to humans and animals alike -- the Ali Forney Center truly embodies my own life's mission. LGBTQ kids are so often stereotyped and underestimated that they rarely start their lives on a level playing field.  I think AFC gives these young people a fair chance and a safe place to really be all that they can be. There is nothing worse for any living being than to be alone and without sanctuary and I am honored to do my small part in helping AFC continue its crucial, life-saving work.

Scott Lope is a world renowned animal welfare advocate. From his work as Director of a top animal sanctuary in Fl to his advocacy as a world-wide celebrity animal expert on multiple media outlets,  Scott has spent his entire life making the world a better place for animals and people as well. In addition to many appearances on Animal Planet, History Channel, and many network programs, his own show on Discovery, Wild Animal Repo, highlighted his passion for helping exotic animals as he relocated over a hundred wild animals from desperate conditions to safe permanent new homes. Scott is dedicated to speaking out for those who can't and he was named Animal Planet hero of the year for his perseverance. Scott's personal non-profit organization Animal Warriors is currently active across the nation helping animals in need of all kinds from domestic dogs and cats, to wild birds, to even lions and tigers.

DJ Paulo


Paulo is a DJ, producer and remixer based in California. He has headlined some of the world's most prestigious parties and his productions have reached #1 on the Billboard Dance Charts.

I'm so happy to be involved with Shred of Hope.  When David Lauterstein from Nasty Pig asked me I was happy to find another way to give back to the community! 

Portugese-born Paulo tours non-stop as he headlines some of the most prestigious parties in the world:  Black and Blue Montreal, New York’s Saint at Large Black Party,  Alegria, Peter Rauhofer’s “Work!” events, Fire Island’s Pines Party & Dancing on the Bay, Orlando’s Gay Days, Winter & White Parties in Miami, White Party Palm Springs, Sydney’s Mardi Gras, Rio and Florianopolis’ Carnival, and Taiwan’s Ministry of Sound  just to name a few.  Outside of his California home base, his club dates have included the Roxy, Crobar (M2) XL and Pacha in NYC, Crobar and Hydrate in Chicago and Space, Mekka and Mansion in Miami. Internationally, he has headlined  venues in Brazil (Revolution & The Week), Japan (Ageha), Mexico City (Karmabeat), Montreal (Stereo), Toronto (Guvernment), Amsterdam (Rapido)  Ibiza at Amnesia and Trade in London.  

Paulo is also responsible for producing original songs and for remixes of tracks that have reached #1 on the Billboard Dance Charts:  Christina Aguilera,  Inaya Day, Madonna, Britney Spears, Lady Gaga, Justin Bieber, Adele, Suzanne Palmer, Ofra Haza; the list continues!  Co-founder of Pure Music Productions, his work can be found on Beatport and many other digital download sites.  The non-stop demand for Paulo’s unique sound contributed to his being voted DJ/Producer/Remixer of the year in 2011 by Just Circuit.

Rebecca Lansbury


Rebecca Lansbury, student, and offspring of actress Ally Sheedy, is a young and eager queer-identifying activist.

There is not a day that goes by where I do not think about how lucky I am to have a mother that fully supports me and accepts me, no matter what my gender or sexuality identity might be. I want to support people who have not had the same experience as I have had upon coming out, and the Ali Forney Center has been an amazing opportunity to do so. I feel so honored to be of help in any way I possibly can, and Shred of Hope was another way for me to do so.

Rebecca Lansbury, offspring of actress Ally Sheedy, is a young and eager queer identifying activist, who is so honored and excited to be a part of this fantastic project. In high school, Rebecca was the president of her school’s Queer/Straight Alliance and attended LGBTQ conferences in order gain knowledge on how to promote gender and sexuality equality in her school. In her senior year of high school, Rebecca is proud to say that she, along with other students involved, left their mark at the school by having a gender-neutral bathroom installed for any gender-nonconforming students or teachers.

She first heard about the Ali Forney Center when her mother began to volunteer there, and has attended many benefits and rallies for the center. While Rebecca is currently attending Bard College, where she planning to major in biology, she has not been able to attend many events in support of the Ali Forney Center, but continues to be a huge supporter even while living 200 miles north of NYC in the great wilderness that is the Hudson Valley.

 

Njena Reddd Foxxx


Njena Reddd Foxxx is a New York-based rapper.

Njena Reddd Foxxx is a New York-based rapper, known for her appearance on Zebra Katz's "Ima Read." She is currently on tour in Europe. 

Njena's Shred of Hope Shredder features hand-drawn Haitian sigils throughout, in place of a signature. 

Casey Spooner


Casey Spooner is a visual artist and performer who lives and works in NYC, and a founder of the art pop project FISCHERSPOONER with whom he has released 3 albums.

I know that I was always looking for like minded people that made unconventional choices. I guess I've become one of those people for others. That makes me happy and I hope that I can help others achieve their crazy, wild, lovely dreams too.

Casey Spooner is a visual artist and performer who lives and works in NYC. He graduated from The  School of The Art Institute of Chicago with a focus on video and performance. He worked with the experimental theater company Doorika for 9 years developing, writing and performing original works. He later went on to found the art pop project FISCHERSPOONER with whom he has released 3 full length albums; exhibited artwork in museums and galleries; and toured the world extensively. He subsequently released a solo album, Adult Contemporary. Casey returned to acting as Laertes in The Wooster Group’s production of Hamlet which has been in repertory for several years. With Adam Dugas he wrote, directed and produced the feature film DUST, which is preparing for release in 2013.

 

Carl Siciliano


Carl Siciliano is the founder and Executive Director of the Ali Forney Center.

I was honored to be asked to design a shredder, and to be in the company of so many amazingly talented people. And it means the world to me that Nasty Pig gathered so many wonderful people together in such a compassionate and generous show of support for our kids!

Carl Siciliano has directed programs serving NYC's homeless youth since 1994, first managing the homeless youth programs of SafeSpace from 1994 until 2001, where he oversaw shelters, a drop-in center, and the nation's first residential program for homeless HIV+ teens.

In 2002 he founded the Ali Forney Center, which has grown to become the nation's largest and most comprehensive organization dedicated to homeless LGBT youth, providing emergency and long-term housing, HIV prevention and treatment, medical care, mental health services, and substance abuse services to over 1,000 homeless LGBT youths per year.

Siciliano is nationally recognized as a leading advocate for LGBT youth, and has been the recipient of numerous honors and awards, including being named one of the Out 100 in 2002, receiving the prestigious Brooke Astor Award in 2007, and being named a "Champion of Change" by the White House in 2012.

 

 

The Ali Forney Center

The Ali Forney Center (AFC) in New York City, is the nation's largest and most comprehensive organization dedicated to homeless LGBTQ youth. To learn more about their important work, visit aliforneycenter.org. All proceeds from Shred of Hope will benefit the Ali Forney Center's programs. 

Nasty Pig

Nasty Pig is a trailblazing menswear label specializing in forward-thinking and rebellious street styles. Based in New York City, Nasty Pig is known for inspired design, dedication to quality, and a refusal to compromise. Founded in 1994 by Creative Director Frederick Kearney and CEO David Lauterstein, Nasty Pig is available at its flagship retail store in Manhattan, online at NastyPig.com, and in progressive menswear boutiques worldwide.