Blog: November 2012

Connecting Our Roots

An update on FIERCE's National Program

In 2009, FIERCE launched our National Program with a LGBTQ Youth of Color Organizing Summit in Dallas, TX and the release of Coming Out, Stepping Up, which highlighted the needs of LGBTQ youth—as identified by LGBTQ youth.  The report spoke to the voices and issues largely left unheard in the mainstream LGBT agenda and provided solutions and recommendations on how to tackle these issues through LGBTQ youth-led organizing. 



FIERCE’s national program is centered around supporting LGBTQ youth organizing as a strategy for creating change and developing LGBTQ youth leaders in broader social justice movements.   This year, we have made important strides in this work. 

Wanna be in a FIERCE Zine?

Call for Submissions

Submit your work to be featured in a collective FIERCE zine!

As the Media intern, I (Mackenzie) am starting an exciting project to make a FIERCE zine made up of submissions from FIERCE members and other LGBTQ youth of color.


What's a zine?

A zine is a small circulation self-published work of original and/or appropriated (taken for one's own use, often without permission) texts and images usually reproduced via photocopier.


This FIERCE zine will be a print publication (also available online) by LGBTQ youth of color, for LGBTQ youth of color- both within and outside of NYC.  This zine will highlight FIERCE's work, stories and reflections from LGBTQ youth of color about their experiences, resources for queer and trans youth, and photography, art, and poetry.


This is a great opportunity to share your experiences as an LGBTQ youth of color!

You can submit your work either electronically to mackenzie [at] or drop it off in person at FIERCE to Mackenzie or Manny.


The deadline to submit is November 30th.

For more info on content guidelines and how to submit, send me an email.

I'm excited to see what ya'll send in!

Community Love in a Time of Need

Post-Hurricane Sandy Update from FIERCE

Hi FIERCE Members, Supporters and Allies:

We hope this email finds you safe after Hurricane Sandy hit our city and region in such a big way.

As community organizers who intersect a lot of very marginalized communities, we know that our friends, families and communities are particularly vulnerable after natural disasters.  We recognize how this storm has impacted our communities- some of us lost power and heat, some of our homes have sustained damage or been destroyed entirely, and many people have been without access to services that we depend on. As a community that deals with homelessness on a daily basis, the impacts of this are particularly devastating. For example, we were notified that the Ali Forney Drop in Center in Chelsea is completely destroyed and will not re-open in the immediate future.  We recognize this is a resource for many queer and trans youth in NYC and mourn this loss.