In the News

Getting FIERCE on Pier 40

10/01/2008
FIERCE, an advocacy group representing gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgender youth, voiced their concern over the latest Pier 40 development during the last Community Board 2 meeting. The organization wants to build a round-the-clock youth center for the L.G.B.T. community currently frequenting nearby Pier 45.

Gay, gray, and green color hearing on plan for Pier 40

09/18/2008
A round-the-clock drop-in center for LGBT youth, wind turbines and solar panels, a middle school, "a new Caffe Cino," a spot for community-based boating, more services for seniors, and assurance that vintage cars won't be dinged by parking lifts were among the many requests - in some cases, more like demands - by community members at the first full public hearing on the new Pier 40 redevelopment proposal on Monday evening.

Pier 40 Plan Taking Shape

09/17/2008
Wind turbines and solar panels, a round-the-clock, drop-in center for gay and lesbian youth, a middle school, a “new Caffe Cino,” a spot for community-based boating, more stuff for seniors and assurance that vintage cars won’t be dinged by parking lifts were among the many requests — in some cases, more like demands — by community members at the first full public hearing on the new Pier 40 redevelopment proposal on Monday evening.

FIERCE Schools the Community

08/22/2008
We learned our lesson with the Christopher Street Pier. We learned that development decisions get made without the input of the most disenfranchised communities that the development would impact, especially the ones with the least access to voice, money and power. So now we had a great opportunity to say not only what we dn't want in this development but to say what we do want, to be proactive.

L.G.B.T. youth group fights fiercely for a S.P.O.T. to drop in at Pier 40 in the Hudson River Park

06/18/2008
By the evening’s end, the FIERCE members were overjoyed with how the campaign launch went. Not only did they get a better turnout than expected from their constituency, there was also a showing by other neighborhood organizations, including Jill Hanekamp, a representative of the Pier 40 Partnership.

Standing up for gay youth and combating prejudice

06/04/2008

John Blasco, 19, is a gay youth living in the East Village. Through his work as a volunteer, and through a kind, humble approach, he has built relationships in the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender community that span the Downtown community and the city. During his senior year, he was president of the Gay-Straight Alliance at Edward R. Murrow High School in Brooklyn. Since graduation, he has become vocal about issues affecting his community.

In Feting FIERCE, Astraea Bolsters a New Generation

05/22/2008

FIERCE's responsiveness to its community is seen nowhere more than in its commitment to leadership development. The group runs an internship program that provides five-week trainings to youths interested in learning the ropes of community organizing. With a stipend for the interns, in-house meals while they're in the office, and subway fare, the group commits $30,000 annually to the effort, which currently boasts its largest class - 16 young people.

Digging for Dollars

04/23/2008
In 2006 less than 9% of total funding for LGBT issues went to groups that work with blacks, Latinos, and other people of color. Conn Corrigan finds out why -- and what’s being done to resolve the imbalance.

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