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Queer Youth of Color Complain of West Village Stop and Frisk


Sitting on the West Village piers on a sunny Friday afternoon, Tamir Tanner scowled when the New York City Police Department (NYPD) practice of stopping and frisking was mentioned.


“It’s just not fair,” the 27-year-old said. “It’s really not fair to anybody to be stopped and frisked.”


Tanner estimated that he had been stopped by police in the Sixth Precinct, which patrols Manhattan’s West Village, about 10 times in July of last year.


“They rolled past,” Tanner said. “I guess I looked suspicious to them… I started to feel like they had a problem with me.”

According to a report by the New York Civil Liberties Union (NYCLU), police stopped and frisked 685,724 people citywide in 2011. Fifty-three percent of those stopped were African-American and 34 percent were Latino. They were also disproportionately young and male. Police stopped and frisked 97,296 people in 2002.

Dean Spade on Prison Abolition and Anti-Transgender Violence, and FIERCE Radicalizes the Creating Change Conference


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On this week's show we discuss anti-transgender hate crimes, prison abolition, and alternative models of justice with Dean Spade and Eric Stanley. We will also report on LGBT youth of color activist group FIERCE's attempts to radicalize the agenda at last weekend's Creating Change conference.

New HUD Policies Protect LGBT People; LGBT Youth Mic Check Obama Staff



On Saturday, HUD Secretary Shaun Donovan announced at the annual Creating Change Conference on LGBT Equality some new changes in HUD policies that will make discriminating against LGBT people and relationships with HUD funding illegal. Think Progress writes:


Under the new guidelines, any program that receives funding or insurance through HUD will be prohibited from discriminating on the basis of sexual orientation or gender identity, including Section 8 housing, emergency shelters, and other social services, as well as lending for FHA-insured mortgage financing. In addition, all such programs will now be required to recognize same-sex and otherwise LGBT families — regardless of their marital status or the adoption status of their children — to ensure they can stay together as a family unit when accessing HUD resources.


LGBT Youth Group Planning West Village 'Pop-Up Center'



LOWER EAST SIDE — The LGBT youth advocacy organization FIERCE is planning to create a mobile "pop-up center" to wheel along West Village sidewalks, the group said in an interview Wednesday.


Group organizer John Blasco said FIERCE will use a lightweight, easily movable kiosk as a tool to speak with the youth that the group serves and the broader community about plans for a permanent, 24-hour center.

"We Are the 99%": Voices from the Occupy Wall Street March

Democracy Now

People of all ages and backgrounds were on hand for Wednesday’s Occupy Wall Street march that drew tens of thousands into the streets in downtown New York City. Democracy Now!’s Amy Goodman reports from the street to bring you some of their voices.

FIERCE was on hand for this incredible march This amazing coverage by Democracy Now includes an interview with FIERCE's Communications Director Manny Vaz.

C.B. 2, gay youth hash out issues on the waterfront



A meeting of Community Board 2’s Waterfront Committee on Monday evening brought together gay youth and Village residents to discuss issues of safety and quality of life in and around the Christopher St. Pier.


Specifically, the meeting was billed as “Pier 45 — Disturbances, community reaction, summer outreach efforts — a dialogue with stakeholders.”


About 25 members of FIERCE, the gay youth advocacy organization, attended the meeting, as well as David Poster and Teri Howell, of the Christopher St. Patrol, and other residents.


John Blasco, a leader organizer for FIERCE, said L.G.B.T. youth are feeling “increasingly unsafe” in the West Village due to stepped-up summer policing along the Christopher St. corridor, which is the youths’ main conduit to the pier, their main stomping ground.

FIERCE focuses on center as some say, ‘Not here’


Representatives of Fabulous Independent Educated Radicals for Community Empowerment (FIERCE) said that recent int
eractions between the New York Police Department and L.G.B.T.Q. youth highlight the need for a 24-hour, drop-in center. But the economy’s troubled state has forced the organization to revise its plans and seek a location in the West Village instead of on the waterfront, which has many Villagers worried.


FIERCE, an L.G.B.T.Q. youth advocacy organization, began its Our Safe Place to Organize Together (SPOT) campaign in 2007 and initially looked to establish its youth center in the to-be-redeveloped Pier 40, at West Houston St., just a stone’s throw from the Christopher St. Pier, which has long been a focal point of gay youth culture. The 2008 economic slump that badly rattled the nation’s real estate market waylaid any redevelopment plans for Pier 40 and forced FIERCE to look elsewhere.

Pride 2011: Letters to a Young Queer Activist


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LGBT people don't have enough meaningful intergenerational conversations. For many reasons, there are stark barriers between our youth and our elders. We at Out-FM have the opportunity to interview many of the most exciting and experienced leaders of the LGBT movement, so we asked them: what advice do you have for young LGBT people? From avoiding burnout by making time to have fun together, to respecting the perspectives of the most powerless members of our community, their wisdom and insights are invaluable. Here, then, are a few of their Letters to a Young Queer Activist.


Listen here to an hour-long conversation about Rickke Mananzala's further thoughts on the state of the movement in New York after gay marriage.