Press Releases, Media Advisories and Statements

LGBTQ Youth, Elected Officials and Allies Speak Out about Youth Suicides and Anti-Gay Violence

October 21, 2010

(New York, NY) Today, nearly one hundred youth, advocates, allies and elected officials gathered on the steps of City Hall as lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer (LGBTQ) youth spoke out about the recent suicides and anti-gay attacks impacting their community. Youth member leaders of FIERCE, an LGBTQ youth of color-led organization, were joined by the Mayor’s Office and other elected officials, to release an official proclamation declaring October LGBTQ Youth Empowerment Month in New York City, this year and for all coming years.

Join FIERCE in Proclaiming October LGBTQ Youth Empowerment Month!

October 19, 2010

Now is the time to take action with LGBTQ youth leading the fight for our safety, our community, and our lives!

Over the past several weeks, we’ve felt the impacts of one tragic event followed by another. We’ve experienced the heartbreak and sadness of losing youth members and leaders of our community to suicide, bullying and harassment. We’ve experienced outrage and fear caused by homophobic anti-gay attacks on our community in New York City. These recent incidents highlight serious issues that countless LGBTQ youth face everyday. We know that for every one story heard on the news, there are dozens more that go unreported to police, unnoticed by school officials, and ignored by the media.

Joint Housewarming Celebration for the Audre Lorde Project, FIERCE, Queers for Economic Justice, and the Sylvia Rivera Law Project

September 13, 2010

On Thursday, September 16, 2010, the Audre Lorde Project (ALP), FIERCE, Queers for Economic Justice (QEJ) and the Sylvia Rivera Law Project (SRLP) will host a joint housewarming party to celebrate their new shared home at 147 West 24th Street in New York.

Free and open to all ages, this vibrant celebration reflects the collaborative spirit of four established community organizations with a combined 42 years of critical work in New York City. The celebration will highlight the work of some of New York’s most committed organizers and leaders.

FIERCE Celebrates 10 Years of LGBTQ Youth of Color Organizing

Gayla Extravaganza to feature performances by Grammy-nominated artist Meshell Ndegeocello, Toshi Reagon & BIGLovely, Staceyann Chin, & House of LaDosha.

Tuesday, April 20, 2010

WHAT: FIERCE, a membership-based organization dedicated to building the leadership and power of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer (LGBTQ) youth of color, will celebrate its 10th Anniversary at the Highline Ballroom on May 13, 2010 with a legendary Gay-la Extravaganza. The event will bring together over 500 people and include a Pink Carpet Celebration, FIERCE Night Out! concert and after party!

CLICK LINK BELOW TO VIEW PDF OF FULL ADVISORY.

LGBTQ Youth Converge in Dallas, TX for FIERCE's First National LGBTQ Youth of Color Organizing Summit & Release of National Report at Creating Change Conference

February 6, 2010

"The youth organizing work we do at FIERCE is really special: we are organizers who make real changes in our lives and community. The work we do in NYC can help break barriers and inspire LGBTQ youth of color and their allies everywhere. That's why we are making herstory with our  first-ever Youth of Color Organizing Summit at Creating Change!"

-- Ash Hammond, FIERCE National Committee

FIERCE to Release New National Report Calling for Increased LGBTQ Youth Organizing to Address Homelessness, Violence and Other Major Issues Facing LGBTQ Youth

FIERCE to Release Report in conjunction with First‐ever LGBTQ Youth of Color Organizing Summit at Creating Change Conference in Dallas, TX

Wednesday, January 27, 2010

WHAT: FIERCE, a NYC‐based youth‐led organization dedicated to building the leadership and power of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer (LGBTQ) youth of color, will be releasing key findings and recommendations from a new report—Coming Out, Stepping Up: Organizing to Build the Power of LGBTQ Youth.

FIERCE Leads Charge for 24-Hour LGBTQ Youth Center in NYC's West Village to Address the Urgent Needs of LGBTQ Youth of Color

LGBTQ youth-leaders to testify at NYC Public Hearing about the importance of being able to access services when and where they are needed most

Wednesday, January 13, 2010

WHAT: Last month, FIERCE members and other LGBTQ youth testified before the NYC Commission for Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender and Questioning Runaway and Homeless Youth about the causes and impact of homelessness amongst LGBTQ youth and presented youth-led solutions to address the issue.

On Tuesday, January 19, FIERCE members will mobilize to the second and final public hearing to testify about:

LGBTQ Youth of Color Speak Out about Homelessness and Violence at Public Hearing Held by Mayoral Commission.

December 17, 2009

Today, dozens of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer (LGBTQ) youth of color testified at the first public hearing for the New York City Commission for LGBTQ Homeless and Runaway Youth. Drawing attention to the urgent needs facing LGBTQ youth across the City, FIERCE Members —LGBTQ youth of color between the ages of 13-24—shared their experiences with homelessness and its effects, and talked about why they are engaged in a campaign to open a 24- hour LGBTQ youth center in the West Village.

LGBTQ Youth of Color to Testify at Public Hearing Held by NYC Commission for LGBTQ Runaway and Homeless Youth

FIERCE members urge Commission to support Our S.P.O.T. Campaign for a 24-hour LGBTQ youth center on Pier 40 to meet the urgent needs of youth across the City

Friday, December 11, 2009

WHAT: In October 2009, FIERCE, along with 24 other organizations, was appointed by the Mayor to the NYC Commission for Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender and Questioning Runaway and Homeless Youth. The Commission is charged with devising strategies to address the unique needs of LGBTQ youth. As the only youth-led organization on the Commission, FIERCE is dedicated to bringing the voices and experiences of LGBTQ youth of color to the table.

FIERCE Wins Seat on Hudson River Park Trust Advisory Council

September 29, 2009

On Wednesday, September 23, 2009, FIERCE won an important victory in its campaign to open a 24-hour LGBTQ youth center on Pier 40 when the Hudson River Park Trust (HRPT) Advisory Council approved a motion to grant FIERCE an Advisory Council seat. FIERCE was among three community groups to win representation on the council and is the only LGBTQ youth-focused organization to hold such a position. The appointment marks a major victory in the organization’s fight to keep the West Village Waterfront a safe place for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer (LGBTQ) youth.

Pages