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LGBT Youth Shelter Aiming To Take Over Harlem Hate Church

New York's Ali Forney Center is looking to secure the building owned by anti-gay ATLAH Church.

Harlem's ATLAH World Missionary Church, whose billboard has been home to countless homophobic and xenophobic messages, may be heading to the auction block after incurring debts and tax liens of more than $1.02 million.

But instead of another CVS or Chase bank, some activists are hoping to transform the former cathedral of hate into a haven for homeless LGBT youth.

The Ali Forney Center, New York's foremost advocacy group for queer youth, hopes an online fundraiser will generation $200,000 to secure the property as housing for clients.

"It would truly be a triumph of love over hatred," said Ali Forney founder Carl Siciliano.

Among the messages Rev. James David Manning has presented to passersby are "Jesus would stone homos" and "Obama has released the homo demons on the black man."

Manning also declared that Starbucks flavored its coffee with "Sodomite semen."

"It has been horrifying for us to have our youths exposed to Manning's messages inciting hatred and violence against our community," says Siciliano.

"It has meant the world to us that so many Harlem residents have stood up to support our young people, and are now urging us to provide urgently needed care at the site of so much hatred."

You can donate to the Ali Forney Center #HarlemNoHate campaign here.

Manning, meanwhile, claims the outstanding debts are simply a few unpaid utility bills the church will shore up promptly.

"I assure you, it’s about a water bill and a tax that can’t be levied against this church."

He claims a "friend" will give ATLAH the funds it needs to keep ownership.