Press Releases, Media Advisories and Statements

FIERCE, Friends of Hudson River Park & Kiki Coalition Organize Historic Ball for LGBTQ Youth on Pier 46 in the West Village.

Global Warming Ball expected to draw nearly 1,000 youth, featuring performances by Vivika Westwood and members of Vogue Evolution Dance Company

Tuesday, September 15, 2009

WHAT: FIERCE, a community-based organization dedicated to building the leadership and power of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer (LGBTQ) youth of color, the Kiki Coalition and Friends of Hudson River Park are presenting a first-of-its kind Ball on Pier 46 in the West Village section of the Hudson River Park. The environmentally conscious, green-themed Ball will feature stunning performances, voguing competitions, and creative costumes.

FIERCE Applauds District 3 City Council Candidates' Commitment to Include a 24-hour LGBTQ Youth Center on Pier 40.

September 4, 2009

On Friday, August 28, 2009, FIERCE hosted a forum for District 3 City Council Candidates to specifically address concerns facing lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer (LGBTQ) youth. Speaking before a full house at FIERCE’s Chelsea office, City Council Candidates Yetta Kurland and Maria Passannante-Derr reaffirmed their commitments to include a 24-hour LGBTQ youth center in the redevelopment of Pier 40 and vowed to restore city funding for LGBTQ youth services if elected.

FIERCE to Host First-ever District 3 City Council Candidate Forum to Address Concerns of LGBTQ Youth

Forum will include Q&A with candidates on topics such as the inclusion of a 24-hour LGBTQ Youth Center on Pier 40, homelessness amongst LGBTQ youth, and other critical issues

Thursday, August 27, 2009

WHAT: FIERCE, a community-based organization dedicated to building the leadership and power of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer (LGBTQ) youth of color in NYC, will host a forum for its members and District 3 City Council Candidates to discuss issues facing LGBTQ youth in the West Village and citywide.

A first-of-its-kind, the forum will provide a chance for candidates to talk directly to and hear from FIERCE’s constituency. Forum topics include:

LGBTQ Youth Call For Stronger Public Space Provisions in Hudson River Park Development.

March 9, 2009

Today approximately 100 LGBTQ youth members of FIERCE (Fabulous Independent Educated Radicals for Community Empowerment) were joined by the Community Development Project of the Urban Justice Center to release a white paper documenting the Hudson River Park Trust’s failure to include sufficient public space in the redevelopment of the area, as called for in the Hudson River Park Act.

White Paper release: LGBTQ Youth Want New Rules for Hudson River Park Act

White Paper Finds Hudson River Park Trust Diverges from Act

Monday, March 9, 2009

What: Approximately 100 LGBTQ youth will be joined by FIERCE and the Community Development Project of the Urban Justice Center to release a white paper the finds the Hudson River Park Trust’s is failing to include sufficient public space in the redevelopment of the area, as called for in the Hudson River Park Act.

FIERCE plans to moblize to Pier 40 Public Hearing to fight for a development plan that includes the needs of LGBTQ youth

LGBTQ Youth Fight for a S.P.O.T. on Pier 40 Community Board 2 is Asked to Re-new its Commitment to LGBTQ services

Friday, September 12, 2008

What: In July of 2007, the Pier 40 Working Group of the Hudson River Park Trust passed a recommendation that called for a development process that put community needs first ahead of profit. With mega-entertainment developer, Related Company, currently out of the running for Pier 40, an updated proposal by the People’s Pier developers promises a Pier 40 dedicated to schools, public/private fields, and market-rate event space. LGBTQ youth celebrated with the West Village community when Related Company was given the red-light.

FIERCE and Right to the City NYC holds solidarity action on the 3rd anniversary of Hurricanes Katrina & Rita

Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender Youth & New Orleans Share Struggle Against Gentrification

Tuesday, August 26, 2008

What: On Friday, August 29th, Right to the City NYC, a coalition of more than a dozen community-based groups, will commemorate the 3rd Anniversary of Hurricane Katrina with a rally and march to express solidarity with the displaced residents of the Gulf Coast and to demonstrate that the issues affecting New Orleans residents are also devastating low-income communities in New York City. FIERCE, a community organization dedicated to building the political power of LGBT Youth, is a member of the Right to the City Alliance and will be present at the March in solidarity.

FIERCE Launches Campaign for 24-Hour Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, and Queer Youth Center on Pier 40

THE WEST VILLAGE NEEDS A DEVELOPMENT INITIATIVE THAT PUTS COMMUNITY FIRST, INCLUDING THE NEEDS OF LGBT YOUTH.

Tuesday, June 10, 2008

What: FIERCE (founded in 2000) is a community organizing project for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer (LGBTQ) youth of color. Our past and current campaign work involves empowering LGBTQ youth to build political power and preserve the West Village as a safe space for our community.

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