FIERCE is an LGBTQ youth of color-led organization. We build the leadership, political consciousness, and organizing skills of LGBTQ youth of color between 13-24. In New York City, we organize local grassroots campaigns to fight police harassment and violence and increased access to safe public space for LGBTQ youth. Learn more at http://www.fiercenyc.org.


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Jun 20, 2014
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LGBTQ folks have been expressing their struggles through the arts for years. Every year FIERCE hosts a night on the pier filled with talented LGBTQ youth expressing themselves through song, dance, spoken word, or any art form they desire. And this summer is ALL ABOUT SAFETY! *If you are a LGBTQ youth of color between the ages of 13-24 and want to share how you keep safe, what safety means to you - or anything safety related, we are calling you to the stage huntyyyy!* Interested in performing? Email lee@fiercenyc.org with all performance information BY JULY 11TH! For more information, contact lee@fiercenyc.org!*this event is open to allies. however, if you want to perform you MUST be a LGBTQ youth of color between the ages of 13-24.*

LGBTQ folks have been expressing their struggles through the arts for years. Every year FIERCE hosts a night on the pier filled with talented LGBTQ youth expressing themselves through song, dance, spoken word, or any art form they desire. And this summer is ALL ABOUT SAFETY

*If you are a LGBTQ youth of color between the ages of 13-24 and want to share how you keep safe, what safety means to you - or anything safety related, we are calling you to the stage huntyyyy!* 

Interested in performing? Email lee@fiercenyc.org with all performance information BY JULY 11TH! 

For more information, contact lee@fiercenyc.org!

*this event is open to allies. however, if you want to perform you MUST be a LGBTQ youth of color between the ages of 13-24.*


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Mar 28, 2014
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#FierceFriday Open mic is about to start! #ExpressYourTruth #lgbtqyoc

#FierceFriday Open mic is about to start! #ExpressYourTruth #lgbtqyoc


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Mar 25, 2014
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Supporting @youthbreakout at Say My Name! Sharing stories of LGBTQ Youth from New Orleans!

Supporting @youthbreakout at Say My Name! Sharing stories of LGBTQ Youth from New Orleans!


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Mar 20, 2014
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policymic:

Watch: Cop wrongly pulls over black Princeton students, apologizes and gives them a gift

After pulling over four black students for driving with a “broken taillight” that wasn’t actually broken, a police officer — who is also black — did the unthinkable: he gave them free parking in front of a Princeton hotel and engaged in a productive dialogue about why his alleged “profiling” hurt them.

One of the students tells the officer, “As black students, we don’t feel like we get that level of protection. We don’t get that benefit of the doubt that … regular white students running around Princeton campus get.”

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Mar 19, 2014
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CeCe McDonald visits Sylvia Rivera Law Project, introduces the newest edition of our Prisoner Advisory Committee publication In Solidarity! »

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I’m thrilled to have written the introduction for this issue of In Solidarity put together by my brilliant co-worker Gabriel Foster.  

In Solidarity is written for and by mostly incarcerated trans and gender non conforming people, so it was especially amazing to have CeCe come to our office to introduce this issue.  It features essays and artwork by incarcerated members of the SRLP’s Prisoner Advisory Committee, writing by Janet Mock, a 1970 interview between Sylvia Rivera and a trans person incarcerated in Bellvue Hospital and more!


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Jan 31, 2014
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Meet me at the Crossroads: Exploring LGBTQ identities, geographies and experiences | Facebook »

ATTENTION! ATTENTION! 

FIERCE is so excited to be at the National Conference on LGBT Equality: Creating Change in Houston, TX! 

Be sure to check out our “Meet Me at the Crossroads” panel TONIGHT at 6:30pm CT/7:30pm EST where we’ll be releasing a new national report about LGBTQ youth organizing! The panel is coordinated with our comrades at Southerners on New Ground. 

We’re thrilled to hear from longtime organizer, activist and Political Education Coordinator at SONG, Suzanne Pharr, from activist, accomplished filmmaker and Executive Director of the Astraea Lesbian Foundation for Justice, J. Bob Alotta and from FIERCE youth organizer and former National Program Fellow, Ana Conner. The panel will be moderated by FIERCE Co-Director, Dulani. 

Together we’ll be discussing issues confronting invisibilized LGBTQ communities in the Rural South and LGBTQ youth of color nationally and talk about how grassroots organizing has always been and still is a force for visibility, empowerment and change!

We’ll be streaming the panel live on our ustream, so bookmark http://www.ustream.tv/channel/fiercenyc and tune in TONIGHT at 6:30pm Central Time Zone (7:30pm Eastern Standard Time)!

In addition to the panel, FIERCE will be hosting a Base-Building Workshop and LGBTQ Youth of Color Caucus on Saturday. Follow us @fiercenyc and #MoveUpFightBack.


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Jan 28, 2014
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Houston, here we come! Queer & Trans Youth of Color Head to the Creating Change Conference!

FIERCE is excited to be attending the National Conference on LGBT Equality: Creating Change in Houston, TX! Be sure to check our our “Meet Me at the Crossroads” panel Friday night at 6:30pm CT where we’ll be releasing a new national report about LGBTQ youth organizing!  The panel is coordinated with our comrades at Southerners on New Ground.   We’re thrilled to hear from longtime organizer, activist and Political Education Coordinator at SONG, Suzanne Pharr, from activist, accomplished filmmaker and Executive Director of the Astraea Foundation, J. Bob Alotta and from FIERCE youth organizer and former National Program Fellow, Ana Conner.  The panel will be moderated by FIERCE Co-Director, Dulani.  Together we’ll be discussing issues confronting invisiblized LGBTQ communities in the Rural South and LGBTQ youth of color nationally and discuss how grassroots organizing has always been and still is a force for visibility, empowerment and change!

We’ll be streaming the panel on our ustream, so bookmark http://www.ustream.tv/channel/fiercenyc and tune in on Friday at 6:30pm Central Time Zone. 

In addition to the panel, FIERCE will be hosting a Base-Building Workshop and LGBTQ Youth of Color Caucus on Saturday. Follow us @fiercenyc and #MoveUpFightBack.

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Dec 11, 2013
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From The Grown Up Truth f/ Jay Marie Hill.
What advice would you give to a young professional?

Don’t settle with the idea of working the “traditional” job. The world is waiting for you to fill a need that only you can fill.  If you want to do something, just go do it. But don’t let fear stop you.  Also, do not underestimate the importance of having support system.  My parents have insisted that I live at home since graduating from my Master’s program because they know the importance of having a solid foundation in the years between 18 and 25. Even though it seems limiting at times, I know it’s actually the opposite and I am very grateful to have a strong support system. 
 

bklynboihood:

From The Grown Up Truth f/ Jay Marie Hill.

What advice would you give to a young professional?
Don’t settle with the idea of working the “traditional” job. The world is waiting for you to fill a need that only you can fill.  If you want to do something, just go do it. But don’t let fear stop you.  Also, do not underestimate the importance of having support system.  My parents have insisted that I live at home since graduating from my Master’s program because they know the importance of having a solid foundation in the years between 18 and 25. Even though it seems limiting at times, I know it’s actually the opposite and I am very grateful to have a strong support system.

 


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Dec 2, 2013
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Our SPOT ~ Celebrating the fight for Safe Space

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Since 2008, FIERCE has been working to get a 24-hour LGBTQ drop-in center built in the West Village. After five years of organizing this campaign, FIERCE has decided to close out the Our SPOT campaign and turn our focus and energy to organizing against police harassment and for continued access for LGBTQ youth to safe public space along the Hudson River Park.  The Our SPOT Campaign has brought together hundreds of people and together, we have experienced many victories, challenges and lessons learned.  

Please join us for light snacks, good music, fierce people, and a night of celebration and honor!

The evening will include a campaign gallery walk and a panel presentation with FIERCE Lead Organizer John Blasco, former FIERCE Lead Organizer Desiree Marshall, Dylan House from Hester Street Collaborative and Alexa Kasdan from Urban Justice Center.

EVENT DETAILS

Date and Time: Wednesday, December 4 from 6 - 9pm

Dress Code: Whatever feels most fabulous or comfortable!

Location: FIERCE, 147 West 24th Street, 6th Floor, New York, NY

Transit: F1ERC to 23rd Street

Questions?: email john@fiercenyc.org!

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SHIFTING OUR FOCUS TO A BROADER VISION

We know that our organizing work to get a 24-hour LGBTQ drop in center cannot be fully realized without maintaining the West Village as a safe space for our community—free of violence and harassment from the police, each other, and other communities.

FIERCE is bringing our focus to organizing against police harassment and discrimination of LGBTQ youth and relationship building between different stakeholders in the community. To successfully shape a West Village where everyone can thrive, we must build trust with each other and support each other’s efforts to achieve a vision of the West Village as a safe space that meets our needs.

This vision can only be accomplished by continuing to build new relationships and maintain existing relationships with stakeholders and other community members like allies from across the city who envision a safer NYC for everyone.


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Nov 8, 2013
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'Tis the season to… KNOW YOUR RIGHTS! We’re looking to go into schools, community based organizations, and service providing organizations to conduct know your rights trainings and/or youth organizing workshops for LGBTQ youth starting on these dates: Dec 16th, 17th, 19th, & 20th.So, if you work with LGBTQ youth and want us to come through to your space, contact Organizer, Lee Jimenez at lee@fiercenyc.org or Lead Organizer, John Blasco at john@fiercenyc.org! We look forward to working with you. Feel free to spread the word! 
'Tis the season to… KNOW YOUR RIGHTS! 

We’re looking to go into schools, community based organizations, and service providing organizations to conduct know your rights trainings and/or youth organizing workshops for LGBTQ youth starting on these dates: Dec 16th, 17th, 19th, & 20th.

So, if you work with LGBTQ youth and want us to come through to your space, contact Organizer, Lee Jimenez at lee@fiercenyc.org or Lead Organizer, John Blasco at john@fiercenyc.org! 

We look forward to working with you. Feel free to spread the word! 

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Nov 6, 2013
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Hey you! Yeah, you! Are you a LGBTQ youth of color? Ever felt like making a change in your community? Looking for a safe space? If your answer is YES to all of these ?’s, then FIERCE might be the place for you! Come through to our new member orientation to find out more about what we do, who we are, and how YOU can be involved! Snacks and metros will be provided. For more information, contact Organizer, Lee Jimenez at lee@fiercenyc.org or (646) 336.6789 ext. 211!

Hey you! Yeah, you! 

Are you a LGBTQ youth of color? Ever felt like making a change in your community? Looking for a safe space? 

If your answer is YES to all of these ?’s, then FIERCE might be the place for you! Come through to our new member orientation to find out more about what we do, who we are, and how YOU can be involved! 

Snacks and metros will be provided. 

For more information, contact Organizer, Lee Jimenez at lee@fiercenyc.org or (646) 336.6789 ext. 211!


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Oct 29, 2013
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With deep appreciation and love to our fabulous communities!


check out more photos by NerdScarf Photography on FIERCE’s Flickr photo stream!

 

FIERCE sends a huge amount of gratitude to every single person who helped make our Pink & Black Bowl-a-thon a success. Together, we raised over $40,000 for FIERCE! It’s been unbelievable!

To our fabulous teams, we can’t thank you enough for working so hard for months reaching out to your networks, spreading the word, and collecting donations to meet your fundraising goals. To our sponsors, we thank you from the bottom of our hearts. Your support helped to boost us way beyond our fundraising goal. To the all the fabulous prize donors, thank you for helping us show love to our amazing fundraisers and bowlers! To all the bowlathon donors, supporters and allies, thank you for every dollar you gave, for every facebook post you wrote, for every tweet you tweeted, for every second you volunteered your time, and for every ounce of energy and good vibes you sent FIERCE’s way. Last but not least: to the BAT Squad who made has been working tirelessly to organize all the behind-the-scene pieces of this huge bowl-a-thon event, we congratulate and thank you!

The 2013 Pink & Black Bowl-a-thon was truly incredible—-just like each of you! We are filled with gratitude and joy to be part of your FIERCE communities! Thanks again! FIERCE!

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Oct 25, 2013
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We Did IT!!!!

Friends! Guess what? We reached and Surpassed Our goal for the Bowlathon!!! We deeply appreciate ya’ll for all of your hard work! A big shout to all of this years fabulous teams who went above and beyond when it came to fundraising for FIERCE & the Bowlathon: “FIERCE” Is What We Call It!, Astraea Estrellas, Audre’s Bowling To Be Powerful, CAAAasaurus, Drag Team Supreme, FIERCE Alumni Team, FIERCE Board& Friends, FIERCE Member Team!, G.A.P: Glitterati ActuP, GAPIMNY, Ignite!, Jay’s House, Manhattan Comprehensive, NYC Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence, ONYX Northeast, Rainbow Eagles, Streetwise and Safe, Super Babes, Sylvia Rivera’s Outlaws, The Bubbes of JFREJ, The Fruits, The Not So Pink Ladies, and The Spaceship! Can you please donate to support and encourage folks who are still fundraising to reach their individual personal goals! With love and Solidarity FIERCE!!!!


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Oct 23, 2013
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Volunteer 4 the Bowl-a-thon!!!!

Hey Folks,

So we have 3 days left until the Bowl-a-thon!!! We are in need of fabulous individuals to volunteer on the day of to make this event a success! If you are interested in being a volunteer please email Bowl-a-thon Intern jah’dae at bowlathon@fiercenyc.org or John at john@fiercenyc.org. FYI : volunteers get in for free! See ya’ll on saturday


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Oct 22, 2013
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Countdown to the 6th ANNUAL Bowl-A-Thon 4 Days

Hey everyone we are just 4 days away from The Bowl-A-Thon. Shout Outs to all the teams for fundraising $23,564 so far, we are really close to reaching our goal of $32,000 Keep up the Amazing work and  be ready for a fun day of bowling and costumes this Saturday