Lifting the Veil

FIERCE's Education for Liberation Project

For so many years, the idea that America is the country of ‘equal land and opportunity’ is drilled into our thinking.  Yet for many LGBTQ youth of color who come to FIERCE, the realities of their lives and experiences paint a different picture. As members of FIERCE sit pensively in the back conference room at 147 West 24th Street, attentively listening to the words trailing out of the workshop facilitator’s mouth, eyes widen in realization.

Poetry in Motion: "Evenstar Ending"

This September, the FIERCE Media Crew is launching the inaugural edition of our FIERCE E-Zine.  The E-Zine is an online publication by FIERCE Media Crew for other LGBTQ youth within and outside of NYC.  The E-Zine will highlight FIERCE's work, programs and events; stories and reflections from LGBTQ youth about their experiences; member profiles; ally features; articles on fashion, music, movies; and videos, photography, art, and poetry, such as the following poem by Balder Rosado, FIERCE Media Crew Member:

Summer of 2010: History in the Making!!!

FIERCE Continues the Fight to Keep the West Village Safe for LGBTQ Youth

Ever since our start in 2000, FIERCE has fought to keep Christopher Street safe for LGBTQ youth of color. Because the Piers have been a safe space for so many youth, we want to make sure that they stay safe. Many youth are left homeless after they come out to their families. Often times, members from our community face struggles such as oppression, gentrification, police brutality, homophobia, transphobia and sexism. Many FIERCE members have testified that the pier saved their lives.  

Get to know our Allies!

Community Spotlight on GLOBE/Make the Road

This year, GLOBE and FIERCE worked together to host Capoeira on the Pier: one of our free summer programming events on the piers.  FIERCE also mobilized to support GLOBE’s 5th Annual Bushwich Pride March. 


Media Crew Members Balder and Stitch sat down recently to talk to GLOBE’s Karina Claudio about their work.  Here’s what Karina had to say:

Future Fridays // Cooking with Krystal

It was a first-of-its kind cooking class with Krystal, a workshop that's part of our Youth Development Program at FIERCE. I went because I like cooking and the atmosphere of friends preparing meals together.  I got to have that and so much more during the event. There were new and familiar faces, so many faces that we had to get more chairs for the conference room, where we went over why we were having this workshop. Workshops at FIERCE all have a purpose: to be fun and informational and sometimes both. I didn’t think this event would be informational. But I was surprised what I learned.

Focused Leadership ~ Reflections from the USSF

Hi, my name is Balder, but during the United States Social Forum, I went by Elegost or Rudy.  I am an active member of FIERCE. I attend the USSF because it was a great chance for me and for FIERCE to meet new people outside of New York and to really connect with activists and organizers from around the nation.  It was also an amazing chance to learn new things from the huge selection of workshops that were going on.

Widened Perspectives, Gained Inspiration ~ Reflections from USSF

After going to the "Creating Change" conference in February in Dallas, Texas, where I attended a queer youth of color summit hosted by FIERCE, the United States Social Forum was brought to my attention by organizers in my own city and by those I had made relationships with from all over the nation in Dallas.

FIERCE Determination~Reflections from the USSF

My name is Christopher Baez, and I'm an active member at FIERCE.  I have been involved with the organization for a year and a half.  Growing up as a low-income LGBTQ youth of color in New York City, I wanted to create change for my communities. Over the past several years, I began to see that social justice work and organizing is where my passion lies.


Throughout my time at FIERCE, I’ve been told that I am a very warm hearted person that attracts people to me. I feel that it is up to each of us to carve our way and build strong ties with people. The more people you know, the more you learn about yourself. 

For Us, By Us: Media Justice to Build LGBTQ Youth Movement & Communities

Reflections on the 2010 Allied Media Conference

My name is Rudy “Elegost” Rosado.  I’m an active FIERCE Member and am part of the Outreach Team and Media Crew.


For the past three days, I’ve been at the Allied Media Conference in Detroit, Michigan with fellow FIERCE member Ash Hammond and FIERCE Communications Director Manny Vaz.  The Allied Media Conference is a place for learning about communications and media.  It’s a place for people to talk with each other to build a stronger social justice movement.  The three-day conference included workshops, caucuses, community art projects, and technical trainings on nearly everything and anything to do with arts and media.