FIERCE celebrates 10 years of building the leadership and power of LGBTQ youth of color with its 10th Anniversary Gay-la celebration.
For the second year, FIERCE wins the right to hold free summer programs for LGBTQ youth on the piers including three Queer film screenings, an artistic night, wellness events and a successful Mini-ball for over 700 LGBTQ youth!
In response to LGBTQ youth suicides and anti-gay attacks in NYC, FIERCE organized to get Mayor Bloomberg and other elected officials to proclaim every October LGBTQ Youth Empowerment Month in New York City. FIERCE continues to hold elected officials accountable to LGBTQ youth needs, including creating safe spaces for LGBTQ youth and prioritizing youth voices in addressing bullying and violence.
While FIERCE has only been around for 10 years our roots go back 40 years to the LGBTQ youth of color who led the Stonewall Rebellion. In December, 2010 FIERCE collaborated with queer artists and our allies to manifest the Queer Pier, 40 Years Project: an art and archiving project that documents the stories of LGBTQ people of color on the Christopher Street piers and the work FIERCE does to preserve the piers as a safe space.