Who we are

  • Founders
  • Management & Board
  • Statute

FOUNDERS

Zuza Głowacka, Grzegorz Okrent, The Ali Forney Center

BOARD

Janusz Przyklang, Carl Siciliano, Magda Jaworska 

MANAGEMENT

Zuza Głowacka,  Grzegorz Okrent

STATUTE (ONLY PL)

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Biographies

Carl Siciliano

Carl Siciliano is a nationally recognized advocate and provider for homeless LGBTQ youth, and his programs have been widely lauded for their quality and innovation. In 2002, Siciliano founded the Ali Forney Center (AFC), which has grown to become the nation’s largest and most comprehensive housing program for homeless LGBT youth. AFC offers emergency housing, transitional housing, a drop-in center, a vocational/educational center, and a full continuum of supportive services that help LGBT youths become successful, independent adults

In March 2020, Siciliano stepped down as AFC’s Executive Director, but continues to work with AFC on behalf of homeless LGBTQ youth, directing their National Technical Assistance Program and creating a podcast, A Long Way From Home, seeking to promote awareness of the root causes of LGBTQ youth homelessness.

From 1983 through 1988, Siciliano worked with the Catholic Worker Movement, where he assisted in the management of shelters, soup kitchens, and residential programs for the homeless in New York City, Washington D.C., and Norwalk, Connecticut. From 1988 through 1994, he worked at the Neighborhood Coalition for Shelter, helping to operate a residential program for homeless adults in New York City. From 1994 to 2001, Siciliano worked as the Director of Homeless Youth Services for Safe Space NYC, Inc. During that time, he created an innovative continuum of services for homeless teens, including a 24-hour drop-in center, a citywide street outreach program, a scattered-site emergency housing program, and the nation’s first residential program for HIV-positive teens. The Federal Government designated Siciliano’s program a “Special Project of National Significance.”

In 2002 Siciliano was featured in OUT Magazine as one of the 100 Outstanding Gay Achievers. In 2007 he was awarded the Brooke Astor Service Award, which is given to someone who is relentless in their dedication to the city of New York and who has contributed substantially to its enrichment. In 2012, the Obama White House named Siciliano as Champion of Change in recognition of his groundbreaking and innovative work on behalf of LGBTQ youths.

Janusz Przyklang

Janusz Przyklang wasborn in Gdynia, Poland.  He studied naval architecture in Poland, and finished his university studies in Paris. He worked for oil, naval, energy and IT major companies as a manager and consultant in France. Co-founder of the Polish IT company, HOGART, former vice president of the Polish – French Chamber of Commerce in Warsaw. 

For the past 30 years, Janusz has witnessed the process of the LGBTQ community being integrated into French society.  After being marginalized for years, LGBTQ people finally found their place in French society, with the same rights as any other citizen to build a family, and be protected by the law to live peacefully, without hiding their sexual orientation. 

The LGBTQ community in Poland aspires to a normal life, which is due to them as an essence of their humanity.  To achieve this, mentalities must change, which requires concrete actions.

Magda Jaworska

Magda Jaworska was born in Tarnobrzeg, Poland. She studied chemical technology at the Faculty of Fuels and Energy at the AGH University of Science and Technology in Krakow, as well as Film and Television Production in Katowice, and Human Capital Management at the Warsaw School of Economics. Magda Jaworska is an experienced film producer, founder and owner of a boutique production house  and has worked alongside  many renowned filmmakers.  Magda has organized large, international film and TV productions with casts from all around the world. She is passionate about traveling to distant places.

Zuza Głowacka

Foundation President. Born in Warsaw and raised in New York City, she’s a graduate of the Nightingale Bamford School and Bard College. She wrote a book of essays about her life between Warsaw and New York City that touched upon issues of homophobia, anti Semitism, racism and xenophobia. Social activism has always been at the forefront of her life. She’s worked with non-profits such as Portraits of Hope, Rehabilitation through the Arts (RTA) and The After School Corporation  (TASC).  She worked at the New York Times and as the Florida grassroots fundraising coordinator for the John Kerry presidential campaign.

Grzegorz Greg Okrent

Vice President

Entrepreneur. In 1989, Greg formed the first Polish LGBTQ association, Lambda in Warsaw. As its president he served in the commission of the Minister of Health’s AIDS research and outreach department. In this role, he created the first program promoting safe sex education and condom distribution in Central- Eastern Europe, financed by the WHO. Greg founded and ran several gay bars and clubs in Poland, most notably the iconic gay nightclub, Utopia, which attracted artists, celebrities, politicians, and many others from all around the world.

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