FIERCE Speaks Out at 2012 Creating
Change Conference with a Mic Check to
the Obama Administration ~
Stop militarization and policing at home and abroad.
Queers Say: No Justice! No Peace!
Check out our tumblog recapping the event here: http://fiercenyc.tumblr.com/post/16688730792/creating-change-conference-erases-lgbtq-youth-of-color
Check out our blog for reflections from FIERCE Members Evonna Crudup and Karen Hall!
FIERCE Guest Blogs on National Gay & Lesbian Task Force Blog!
LGBTQ Youth of Color Interrogate Equality and How We Create Change
View more youth-produced media on our YouTube Channel: www.youtube.com/fabulouspoc!
LGBTQ Youth Empowerment Month
in New York City!
In October 2010, FIERCE took Action to declare October LGBTQ Youth Empowerment Month. LGBTQ Youth Empowerment Month is dedicated to honoring LGBTQ youth leadership and supporting the work LGBTQ youth are doing to transform their communities and their lives.
In light of the national attention to the tragic LGBTQ youth sucides in 2010, FIERCE organized for all future Octobers to be a time we lift up and support LGBTQ youth leaders. Empowerment means being seen, heard, and having the power to make the changes we need immediately. Click here to read our Statement and Call to Action.
FIERCE thanks our elected officials, community members, and allies for joining us and endorsing our call to make October LGBTQ Youth Empowerment Month! Click here to add your endorsement.
NY State Senator Tom Duane
Assemblymember Deborah Glick
City Council Speaker Christine Quinn
City Council Member Daniel Dromm
City Council Member Letitia James
City Council Member Jimmy Van Bramer
Manhattan Borough President Scott Stringer
New York City Public Advocate Bill de Blasio
Ali Forney Center
Astraea Lesbian Foundation for Justice
Audre Lorde Project
Callen-Lorde Community Health Center
Committee Against Anti-Asian Violence (CAAAV)
Congregation Beit Simchat Torah
DAMAYAN Migrant Workers Association
Da Urban Butterflies
Domestic Workers United
Families United for Racial and Economic Equality (FUREE)
Filipinas for Rights and Empowerment (FiRE NYC) - Gabriela USA
Health & Education Alternatives for Teens (HEAT)
Hetrick Martin Institute
LGBT Community Center
Make the Road NY / LGBTQ Justice Projects: GLOBE and PRYDE
Queens Pride House
Queers for Economic Justice
Two-Spirit First Nations Collective
Sylvia Rivera Law Project
Ugnayan ng mga Anak ng Bayan (Linking the Children of the Motherland)
Myra Aguirre:"We need to be recognized also, and this month will show everyone that we're here! We're queer! We're fabulous! Don't mess with us! We are people too!"
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Irma Bajar, FiRE: "Declare October as LGBTQ Youth Empowerment Month in NYC! LGBTQ Rights are Human Rights!"
ulanday kay barret: "STAND UP for rights & justice for queer & transgender youth of color!"
Kevin Donohue: "If it was not already abundantly clear that our LGBTQ youth are in a state of crisis, the recent suicides of bullied teens across the US and torture of three young men in New York City must serve as a wake up call. LGBTQ adults need to do more, and that includes working alongside LBGTQ youth leadership organizations, such as FIERCE, to ensure that our youth have a voice in shaping the policies that directly affect their lives. I stand with them in calling for Mayor Bloomberg to designate October as LGBTQ Youth Empowerment Month."
Chevy Evangelista: "Ugnayan ng mga Anak ng Bayan (Linking the Children of the Motherland), a Filipino American youth organization in New York and New Jersey, stands proud with our sisters and brothers to call for LGBTQ Youth Empowerment Month in New York City. Now is the time to speak out because silence kills our youth!"
Geleni Fontaine: “Please make this message clear and urgent: the lives of lgbtq youth matter and deserve respect!”
B. Loewe: "Honor the young. it gets better."
Sarah Mountz: “I stand in solidarity with FIERCE in their call for October to be named LGBTQ Youth Empowerment Month. The lives, struggle, resilience, and survival of LGBTQ youth should be honored and now is - as always - the time for LGBTQ youth leaders to be cherished and supported.”
Leah Obias: "I support LGBTQ Youth Empowerment Month!"
Ogun Oya: “As queer Black fem adult who was blessed to have relatively supportive family members as a young person and to find friends and partners, I continue to be inspired and in awe of this generation of FIERCE young(er) LGBTQ/sexual minority people of color! I publically affirm my support, respect, and love for you--my younger bristas, brothers, and sisters! Remember our ancestors and do not forget our history, for THAT is what keeps us strong!”
Aaron Scott: “FIERCE saves lives. Thanks for all you do!!!!”
Tracy Serdjenian: "This issue is so important, especially given all of the recent tragedies and violence. NYC needs to respond and show LGBTQ youth they are supported and respected and will be kept safe."