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FIERCE ACTIVISTS

05/01/2010
For Ash Hammond, coming to the United States from Zimbabwe was more than a chance to get an education—it allowed her to be herself at last, and come out of the closet. For Rickke Mananzala, coming out meant a complete change in his life.

Youth First Texas members attend Creating Change

02/16/2010
Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell and the growing "ex-gay movement" were among the myriad of issues that dominated the National Gay and Lesbian Task Force’s annual Creating Change conference in Dallas earlier this month, but the all-day Youth of Color Organizing Summit was among the confab’s many highlights for local attendees.

More than 2,000 people from across the country descended upon the Sheraton Dallas for the four day conference. FIERCE, a New York-based organization whose focus remains on advocacy for LGBT youth of color, sponsored the all-day Youth of Color Summit. It included workshops and seminars about how to start youth-led campaigns and organizations and how to keep them operational while building grassroots activism at the local level.

LGBT Youth Leaders the Focus of Saturday's Plenary

02/06/2010
Seven LGBT youth leaders from Texas, New York and Massachusetts spoke poignantly and powerfully about the issues that affect their communities. Moderated by noted social critic and political commentator Kai Wright, the panel discussed at length the importance of empowering LGBT youth of color with the skills to be leaders in their communities; addressed the crisis of homelessness among LGBT youth; and offered projections of where they wanted to see the LGBT movement in 10 years.

Praying for Change

02/05/2010
Activists from across the country gathered at the Sheraton Dallas Hotel this week for the 22nd annual Creating Change conference sponsored by the National Gay and Lesbian Task Force.

The conference opened on Wednesday, Feb. 3 with daylong institutes on racism. Thursday’s institutes covered a variety of topics including youth issues, aging and ageism, transgender rights, moving marriage forward, family issues and community centers.

Gabe Javier was a host committee co-chair for the 20th Creating Change conference that was held in Detroit. He spoke about the wide variety of issues addressed and workshops offered through the weekend.

He said, “We see a huge spectrum of issues and see they’re all connected.”

Rickke Mananzala, executive director of the New York youth of color organization FIERCE, agreed. He saw the weekend as a chance to interact with LGBT youth from across the country as well as work with influential people throughout the movement.

Praying for Change

02/04/2010

Activists from across the country gathered at the Sheraton Dallas Hotel this week for the 22nd annual Creating Change conference sponsored by the National Gay and Lesbian Task Force.


The conference opened on Wednesday, Feb. 3 with daylong institutes on racism. Thursday’s institutes covered a variety of topics including youth issues, aging and ageism, transgender rights, moving marriage forward, family issues and community centers.

Creating Change: Day 1

02/03/2010

 

Creating Change opened today with day long institutes tackling racism within the LGBT community.

 

Attendees continued to arrive and received their welcome packets at the registration desk located on the first floor of the conference center across the street from the hotel. Saturday will probably be the busiest day at Creating Change. Many of the attendees were planning to head over to Cedar Springs for First Wednesday this evening.

Park act needs changes

10/21/2009

Letter To The Editor:

Re “Pier 40 Rubik’s Cube” (editorial, Oct. 7):

 

After years of debate over development plans and uses of Pier 40, community groups have consistently put forth two essential elements for any Pier 40 proposal: 1) strengthened community oversight, and 2) increased community decision-making power. The Hudson River Park Trust’s latest decision to take a “fresh look at Pier 40” should not move forward without a firm commitment to uphold these principles.

Bloomberg announces appointees to LGBT homeless youth commission

10/07/2009
As rates of homelessness among LGBT youth in the five boroughs continue to rise, Mayor Michael Bloomberg announced at an Ali Forney Center fundraiser in Chelsea on Monday night the appointment of 25 people to the city’s Commission for Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender and Questioning Runaway and Homeless Youth.

The appointees include Ali Forney executive director Carl Siciliano, Glennda Testone, incoming executive director of the LGBT Community Center, Rabbi Sharon Kleinbaum of Congregation Beth Simchat Torah, FIERCE executive director Rickke Mananzala and Gay Men’s Health Crisis chief executive officer Dr. Marjorie Hill. City Council Speaker Christine Quinn was among those who joined Bloomberg.

FIERCE Gains Riverfront Clout

10/02/2009
The efforts by FIERCE, the Fabulous Independent Educated Radicals for Community Empowerment, to create a 24-hour LGBTQ youth center on Pier 40 at West Houston Street, got a significant boost on September 23 when the group won a seat on the Advisory Council to the Hudson River Park Trust, a quasi-public group that administers the land where the pier is located.

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