Behind the Scenes of the FIERCE Friday Forum

A Moderator's Perspective

Hello,  my name is Elegost, my PGP (Preferred Gender Pronoun) is he and him, and I am an active member at FIERCE.

On August 28th, FIERCE had its monthly FIERCE Friday event, but this event was different from the others because it was the first time political candidates had come to the FIERCE office to talk directly to FIERCE members and LGBTQ youth.  Yetta Kurland and Maria Derr, both of whom are running for District 3 City Council, came to FIERCE and talked about the issues that LGBTQ youth in the West Village face and ways to help resolve those issues.

FIERCE Host First-ever Forum for District 3 City Council Candidates

Candidates Announce Support of 24-Hour LGBTQ Youth Center

On August 28, 2009, FIERCE hosted our first-ever District 3 City Council Candidates forum to address concerns of LGBTQ youth.  The forum included a Q&A with candidates on topics such as the inclusion of a 24-hour LGBTQ Youth Center on Pier 40, NYPD and LGBTQ community relations, and other critical issues. 

Education for Liberation Project Graduates the Largest Class in FIERCE History


“FIERCE is Fire! We are all fierce radicals with unique empowerment.”

-- Mr. Rane Bo, ELP2 Class of 2009
Since its inception in 2002, the Education for Liberation Project (ELP) has been the cornerstone of FIERCE’s leadership development work to build the power of LGBTQ youth of color.   In 2009, FIERCE members, staff and allies celebrated in a big way as we graduated the largest ELP classes in the history of the organization.  This year alone, over 27 members have moved through the program, which is a three-level, paid internship for new and active members.


Subverting the System to Support FIERCE
  • Wouldn’t it be awesome if there were a way to funnel money directly from the government treasury into FIERCE’s bank account? 
  • Is it possible to be radical while paying taxes?
  • Can a married straight couple be allies with LGBTQ youth? 


The answer to all three questions is a resounding, “Hell yeah!”  

Think you know the West Village?

Take a walk with FIERCE to test your knowledge, learn history, and support history in the making!
On Monday, August 10th, nearly 30 people gathered at FIERCE for our first-ever interactive West Village Walking Tour for Donors and Allies.  The evening was a huge success, bringing together active members, donors, allies, Board members, FIERCE alumni, and staff, to learn more about LGBTQ history in the West Village, particularly the often-forgotten contributions of LGBTQ people of color, and how gentrification has impacted the neighborhood over the years.  We shared personal anecdotes that enriched our living history, celebrated how far we’ve come and rallied around our continued fight for a West Village that is safe for all, 24 hours a day. 

FIERCE Hires New Communications Director

Welcome aboard, Manny!
FIERCE is excited to announce its newest staff member, Communications Director Ellen “Manny” Vaz.  Ellen is responsible for helping to carry out the organization’s communications strategy, media advocacy initiatives, and working with FIERCE members on independent media projects.   She will also be supporting FIERCE’s grassroots fundraising initiatives, including the annual Bowl-a-thon and Major Donor Campaign.

Save the Date--FIERCE Events Coming Your Way

  • FIERCE’s Interactive West Village Walking Tour for Donors & Allies, September 14, 2009

  • Global Warming Mini-Ball, September 19, 2009
    co-sponsored by FIERCE and Friends of the Hudson River Park

  • The Return of the reBOWLution—FIERCE’S second annual Bowl-A-Thon extravaganza! October 24, 2009

  • FIERCE Friday Halloween Party, October 30, 2009

  • First-ever LGBTQ Youth of Color National Organizing Summit, February 3, 2010

"Whose Streets? Our Streets!"

2009 LGBTQ Pride March
As I waved the flag proudly along with FIERCE members, I heard a couple of folks say a lot of different things such as "Thank you for your hard work" and "keep it up" and also "The idea at the pier was amazing". It felt great that there were numerous people who already knew the work that was being done for the community. Also that our messages about public space is being spread entirely accross the streets of New York, allowing me to gain encouragement to keep up this hard work that we do at FIERCE.