Press Releases, Media Advisories and Statements

Wake Up, Rise Up!

Wake Up, Rise Up Statement with ALP, AVP, SRLP, SAS, & GRIOT Circle

Wednesday, December 3, 2014

Wake Up, Rise Up!

To those we have lost to police brutality: Eleanor Bumpurs, Tyisha Miller, LaTanya Haggerty, Tanesha Anderson, Aura Rosser, Amadou Diallo, Sean Bell, Michael Brown, Eric Garner, Trayvon Martin . . .

FIERCE and Southerners on New Ground (SONG) Release Groundbreaking Reports at Creating Change Conference in Houston, TX

January 31, 2014

FIERCE, a NYC-based youth-led organization for LGBTQ youth of color, and Southerners on New Ground (SONG), a membership-based organization working at the intersections of race, class, gender, and sexuality in the South, will release two critical reports today at Creating Change, a national conference on LGBT equality. 

Miss Major-Jay Toole Building for Social Justice Statement on the closing of Queers for Economic Justice

Friday, December 20, 2013
It is with profound sadness that we learned of Queers for Economic Justice’s decision to close, based on the funding climate. The closing of QEJ is an incredible loss for social justice and queer liberation movements. As we mark this moment in time, we would like to uplift QEJ’s legacy of centering the needs, experiences and voices of queer people living in poverty.

LGBTQ Organizations Come Together to Honor Stonewall Veterans Miss Major Griffin-Gracy and Jay Toole

August 26, 2013

On Monday, August 26, 2013 (NEW YORK, NY) – A building located at 147 W. 24th St. in Chelsea which houses five of the city’s longest standing LGBTQ people of color and low income people-led organizations – the Audre Lorde Project, FIERCE, Queers for Economic Justice, Streetwise and Safe and the Sylvia Rivera Law Project - was officially named the Miss Major-Jay Toole Building for Social Justice in honor of two veterans of the 1969 Stonewall Rebellion in a private ceremony today.

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FIERCE Hosts District 3 City Council Debate to Address Concerns of LGBTQ Youth& West Village Community

Debate to cover topics of Policing & Safety, Social Services, Neighborhood Development and Community Decision Making Power

Tuesday, August 20, 2013

WHAT: FIERCE, a community-based organization dedicated to building the leadership and power of lesbian,gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer (LGBTQ) youth of colorin NYC will host a District 3 City Council Debate for LGBTQ youth and West Village residents and business.

Safety Begins & Ends with Us: A collective response to violence by FIERCE, the Audre Lorde Project and Streetwise & Safe

Friday, July 12, 2013

As pride month ends we want to remember and mourn the recent waves of hate violence and police violence across New York City, from the West Village to the 79th precinct in Bed Stuy, Brooklyn. With history as a guide, we expect hate violence against our communities to increase in response to the recent LGBT victories. The hate violence and police violence that has occurred raises the question: How are we creating mechanisms of response, safety, and accountability, within our communities that do not further criminalize or police our collective bodies? Increased policing does not create safety for Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Two-Spirit, Transgender, Gender Non Conforming, and Queer (LGBTSTGNCQ) people, especially when Trans and Gender Non-Conforming people, Youth, and People of Color (POC) are among the communities often targeted and harassed by police.

LGBTQ YOUTH OF COLOR CONVERGE IN CHICAGO TO TACKLE KEY ISSUES LARGELY LEFT OUT OF MAINSTREAM ‘GAY’ AGENDA

Connect Our Roots Summit to highlight organizing strategies and tactics to address homelessness, police violence and diminishing services for LGBTQ Youth

Monday, February 11, 2013

“As LGBTQ youth of color, we stand at the intersections of many identities and issues. We are queer and trans. We are people of color. We are immigrants. We are from low-income families. Tomake meaningful, lasting change, we must organize a movement where those of us who are most directly impacted by the issues are at the heart of leadership!” -- Ana Conner, FIERCE National Fellow, age 20

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Ball expected to draw hundreds of youth to address issues such as racial profiling, stop & frisk, and police violence while reclaiming public space for LGBTQ youth of color.

Wednesday, August 8, 2012

WHAT: FIERCE, a youth‐led organization building the leadership and power of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer (LGBTQ) youth of color in NYC, the Kiki Coalition and Friends of Hudson River Park proudly present the Know Your Rights Ball on Pier 46 this Saturday, August 11, 2012.

For the past four years, FIERCE has organized a youth‐led ball on the pier—a major victory in FIERCE’s Safe Space Saves Lives Campaign to ensure safe public space for LGBTQ youth of color in a continuously gentrified and heavily policed West Village.

LGBTQ Youth of Color Organization— FIERCE — Demands Immediate End to the Targeting and Harassment of LGBTQ Youth in the West Village

June 3, 2011

(New York, NY) – Over the past two weeks, LGBTQ youth members of FIERCE and other LGBTQ youth of color have been targeted and harassed by the NYPD 6th Precinct in the West Village and Chelsea as part of a newly launched NYPD “Quality of Life” Initiative.

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