Panel Discussion, Ellen-style honoring the Our SPOT campaign. Big ups to @fiercenyc staff and members, and all our efforts and energy we’ve put into this campaign. We worked hard and have run a good race, loves. 

 #ourspot #lgbtq #fiercenyc #organizing
DOMA HAS BEEN OVERTURNED BY THE SUPREME COURT! #doma #lgbtq #defenseofmarriageact #supremecourt #repost @themissla
#thestruggleisreal

nerdscarf:

As most of you know, I am working on a short documentary on the experience’s of Queer and Trans* Youth of Color. If you haven’t already seen the first “teaser” video  you can watch it here.

In September, I got the opportunity to go to Atalanta and shoot at Ignite’s Southern Youth of Color Summit. I got some AMAZING interviews, and learned so much about how to correctly shoot a documentary (and have fun doing it).

I have two more opportunities to shoot over the next month, one in NYC and the other in Atlanta at Creating Change. This is where I need your help. I am running low on funds (I haven’t gotten paid in about 2 weekends) and I might not be able to pay for the tickets/hotel room.

The Break Down

I have some money set aside, but it is not going to be enough to hold my Atlanta train ticket. This project means alot to me, not just because it is my Senior Thesis, but because this is a project I’ve been dreaming about since I was in High School.

Anything you can give will help. If you are not in a place to give financially  reblogging and sharing the videos helps. If you know anyone in NYC, DC, or Atlanta that you think would enjoy being interviewed for this project, feel free to have them email me @ nerdscarfphotography@gmail.com.

Donate



*PS: Anyone that donates get a peek at the second teaser video I’ve created!*



And a HUGE THANK YOU!!!! <3

Anything for you, my love.

Post-Hurricane Sandy Update from FIERCE ~ Community Love in a Time of Need

fiercenyc:

Hi FIERCE Members, Supporters and Allies:

We hope this email finds you safe after Hurricane Sandy hit our city and region in such a big way.

As community organizers who intersect a lot of very marginalized communities, we know that our friends, families and communities are particularly vulnerable after natural disasters.  We recognize how this storm has impacted our communities- some of us lost power and heat, some of our homes have sustained damage or been destroyed entirely, and many people have been without access to services that we depend on. As a community that deals with homelessness on a daily basis, the impacts of this are particularly devastating. For example, we were notified that the Ali Forney Drop in Center in Chelsea is completely destroyed and will not re-open in the immediate future.  We recognize this is a resource for many queer and trans youth in NYC and mourn this loss. 

In the face of all this hardship, we also want to lift up the incredible grassroots work that’s been happening to meet the immediate needs of impacted communities.  Our allies at CAAAV, GOLES, and ALP have all been opening their doors these past several days to provide supplies and organize supporters and volunteers to reach out to community members.  We’re also excited to hear that Project S.O.L., The Hetrick-Martin Institute, and the Door, are reopened as well.  Additionally, Queer for Economic Justice, located in our building (147 West 24th St.), is also open!

FIERCE is also happy to let you know that as of today, our doors are also open! We’ve amended our drop-in schedule to accommodate longer hours when possible and have pooled together some resources to support not only our membership, but our constituency of LGBTQ Youth of Color, with warm meals.  We have power.  Our phones and computer labs are fully functional.

FIERCE is located at 147 West 24th Street, 6th Fl, New York, NY. 
F, 1, E, R, C - to 23rd Street.


HERE IS OUR AMENDED SCHEDULE FOR THE WEEK:

+Monday, November 5th, 2012
Open to all LGBTQ Youth of Color
Drop-in: 4-8pm
Hot Dinner @ 6pm

+Tuesday, November 6th, 2012
FIERCE MEMBERS ONLY DAY!
Drop in: 2-8pm
Membership Meeting 4-8pm

+Wednesday, November 7th, 2012
Open to all LGBTQ Youth of Color
Drop in: 2-6pm
Hot food @ 3-5pm

** We’re planning to close @ 6pm because of Nor-Eastern front.  Will keep people updated as things progress.

+Thursday, November 8th, 2012
Open to all LGBTQ Youth of Color
Drop-in: 2-10pm
Hot Dinner @ 6pm

+Friday, November 9th, 2012
Open to all LGBTQ Youth of Color
Drop-in: 2-10pm
Hot Dinner @ 6pm

ryanjdavis:

The Ali Forney Center, the largest and most comprehensive LGBT homeless youth organization in the country, suffered a major loss due to Hurricane Sandy. Their drop-in center, which is a lifeline to kids who live on the streets, was destroyed.
Below is a letter from their executive director, Carl Siciliano, detailing the situation and how you can help. (Hint: they really need your money.)
This organization is near and dear to my heart, I’m on the Board of Directors and have produced The Broadway Beauty Pageant for them for many years. Please give what you can to this very important cause. 


Dear Friends,




Yesterday we were finally able to inspect our drop-in center in Chelsea, half a block from the Hudson River. Our worst fears were realized; everything was destroyed and the space is uninhabitable. The water level went four feet high, destroying our phones, computers, refrigerator, food and supplies.




This is a terrible tragedy for the homeless LGBT youth we serve there. This space was dedicated to our most vulnerable kids, the thousands stranded on the streets without shelter, and was a place where they received food, showers, clothing, medical care, HIV testing and treatment, and mental health and substance abuse services. Basically a lifeline for LGBT kids whose lives are in danger.




We are currently scrambling for a plan to provide care to these desperate kids while we prepare to ultimately move into a larger space that will better meet our needs. The NYC LGBT Center has very kindly and generously offered to let us temporarily use some of their space, and we hope to determine the viability of that on Monday.




We have been deluged with kind offers from people who wish to volunteer and donate goods. Unfortunately, we will have to provide our services in the time being in much smaller spaces that won’t accommodate volunteers or allow for much storage space. The best way people can reach out to help in this very challenging time is by making monetary donations. Please go to our website at www.aliforneycenter.org/hurricanesandy




It is heartbreaking to see this space come to such a sad end. For the past seven years it has been a place of refuge to thousands of kids reeling from being thrown away by their parents for being LGBT. For many of these kids coming to our drop-in center provided their first encounter with a loving and affirming LGBT community. I thank all of you for your care and support in a most difficult time.




- Carl Siciliano

During the past few years strong movements have developed among women and among homosexuals seeking their liberation. There has been some uncertainty about how to relate to these movements.
Whatever your personal opinions and your insecurities about homosexuality and the various liberation movements among homosexuals and women (and I speak of the homosexuals and women as oppressed groups), we should try to unite with them in a revolutionary fashion. I say ” whatever your insecurities are” because as we very well know, sometimes our first instinct is to want to hit a homosexual in the mouth, and want a woman to be quiet. We want to hit a homosexual in the mouth because we are afraid that we might be homosexual; and we
want to hit the women or shut her up because we are afraid that she might castrate us, or take the nuts that we might not have to start with.

We must gain security in ourselves and therefore have respect and feelings for all oppressed people. We must not use the racist attitude that the White racists use against our people because they are Black and poor. Many times the poorest White person is the most racist because he is afraid that he might lose something, or discover something that he does not have. So you’re some kind of a threat to him. This kind of psychology is in operation when we view oppressed people and we are angry with them because of their particular kind of behavior, or their particular kind of deviation from the established norm.

Remember, we have not established a revolutionary value system; we are only in the process of establishing it. I do not remember our ever constituting any value that said that a revolutionary must say offensive things towards homosexuals, or that a revolutionary should make sure that women do not speak out about their own particular kind of oppression. As a matter of fact, it is just the opposite: we say that we recognize the women’s right to be free. We have not said much about the homosexual at all, but we must relate to the homosexual movement because it is a real thing. And I know through reading, and through my life experience and observations that homosexuals are not given freedom and liberty by anyone in the society. They might be the most oppresed people in the society.

And what made them homosexual? Perhaps it’s a phenomenon that I don’t understand entirely. Some people say that it is the decadence of capitalism. I don’t know if that is the case; I rather doubt it. But whatever the case is, we know that homosexuality is a fact that exists, and we must understand it in its purest form: that is, a person should have the freedom to use his body in whatever way he wants.

That is not endorsing things in homosexuality that we wouldn’t view as revolutionary. But there is nothing to say that a homosexual cannot also be a revolutionary. And maybe I’m now injecting some of my prejudice by saying that “even a homosexual can be a revolutionary.” Quite the contrary, maybe a homosexual could be the most revolutionary.

When we have revolutionary conferences, rallies, and demonstrations, there should be full participation of the gay liberation movement and the women’s liberation movement. Some groups might be more revolutionary than others. We should not use the actions of a few to say that they are all reactionary or counterrevolutionary, because they are not.

We should deal with the factions just as we deal with any other group or party that claims to be revolutionary. We should try to judge, somehow, whether they are operating in a sincere revolutionary fashion and from a really oppressed situation. (And we will grant that if they are women they are probably oppressed.) If they do things that are unrevolutionary or counterrevolutionary, then criticize that action. If we feel that the group in spirit means to be revolutionary in practice, but they make mistakes in interpretation of the revolutionary philosophy, or they do not understand the dialectics of the social forces in operation, we should criticize that and not criticize them because they are women trying to be free. And the same is true for homosexuals. We should never say a whole movement is dishonest when in fact they are trying to be honest. They are just making honest mistakes. Friends are allowed to make mistakes. The enemy is not allowed to make mistakes because his whole existence is a mistake, and we suffer from it. But the women’s liberation front and gay liberation front are our friends, they are our potential allies, and we need as many allies as possible.

We should be willing to discuss the insecurities that many people have about homosexuality. When I say “insecurities,” I mean the fear that they are some kind of threat to our manhood. I can understand this fear. Because of the long conditioning process which builds insecurity in the American male, homosexuality might produce certain hang-ups in us. I have hang-ups myself about male homosexuality. But on the other hand, I have no hang-up about female homosexuality. And that is a phenomenon in itself. I think it is probably because male homosexuality is a threat to me and female homosexuality is not.

We should be careful about using those terms that might turn our friends off. The terms “faggot” and “punk” should be deleted from our vocabulary, and especially we should not attach names normally designed for homosexuals to men who are enemies of the people, such as Nixon or Mitchell. Homosexuals are not enemies of the people.

We should try to form a working coalition with the gay liberation and women’s liberation groups. We must always handle social forces in the most appropriate manner.

Huey Newton — Co-founder of the Black Panther Party (August 15th, 1970)

(Source: abklynmyracle)

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