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BreakOUT! Launches #15in15!

on Tue, 05/03/2016 - 18:52

Help us reach our goal of 15 new monthly sustainers at $15/ month in 15 days!

Starting today on #GiveNOLADay through May 17th (a date our friends at TGI Justice Project have dubbed #TransGiveOutDay), we need your help to build our grassroots donor support base for a stronger and more sustainable movement!  Our goal is to get 15 new monthly sustainers to give at least $15 each month in the next 15 days, or until May 17th.

If we reach our goal, that's $2,700 a year that we can rely on to help us build the power of queer and trans youth in New Orleans!

*NOTE: To become a monthly sustainer, you will need to DONATE HERE, rather than through GiveNOLADay.

Vote NO on April 9th!

on Tue, 03/29/2016 - 14:35


More Police ≠ Safer Cities

Fund Jobs, Housing, and Education to Keep Us Safe!

On Saturday April 9th, New Orleanians are being asked to vote on a new public safety millage to fund the NOPD by an additional $17.7 million a year to increase the size of the NOPD from 1100 to 1600 officers, a 40% increase, by 2020.  

  • What’s a millage? 

A millage is a property tax that is a based on a percentage of how much a property is assessed as being worth. Unlike millages for road repairs or education, public safety millages are not eligible for homestead exemption.  

  • Isn’t this tax going to fund the firefighters pension? 

Mitch Landrieu did decide to fold this policing millage together with a new millage to fund the firefighters pension.

BreakOUT! Answers the Question: WHAT'S YOUR ISSUE?

on Fri, 03/11/2016 - 22:25

written by Kwan Moonlite, Jai' Shavers, and Lhundyn Fernandez

BreakOUT! is taking our 2011 We Deserve Better campaign to the next level in 2016 through a new partnership with WHAT’S YOUR ISSUE?  WHAT’S YOUR ISSUE? (WYI) is the first national survey created by and for LGBTQ youth (ages 14-24). The survey focuses on our experiences and centers the experiences of people who are usually left out in our community- such as LGBTQ youth who are poor, people of color, living with disabilities, undocumented or immigrant youth, and those that fit into more than one of these categories, while also making sure to focus on our needs and desires to change our conditions in this world.

BreakOUT! Participates in Southern Network to End Mass Criminalization

on Mon, 02/22/2016 - 20:00

Photo: BreakOUT! presents at Southern Network to End Mass Criminalization meeting in North Carolina 

BreakOUT! is excited to join with Representatives from Spirit House, Racial Justice Action Center, VOTE, Southerners on New Ground, Justice 4 Families, National HIRE Network, BreakOUT!, TOPS, Southern Coalition for Social Justice, Texas Advocates for Justice, New Orleans Workers Center for Racial Justice, Center for Community Change, and other southern truth tellers to develop the Southern Network to End Mass Criminalization.

The Southern Network to End Mass Criminalization first convened in 2015 and developed this concept paper, which contains more background about the need for the Southern Network and its activities to date.  In 2016, the Network will be developing a Southern Social

BreakOUT! Presents Skillshare on Vice to ICE Campaign with Congress of Day Laborers

on Sun, 02/21/2016 - 13:47

photo from Congress of Day Laborers' Children's March, credit: Fernando Lopez

BreakOUT! and the Congress of Day Laborers are excited to be a part of the Out for Change Transformative Media Organizing Project (TMOP), which links LGBTQ and Two-Spirit organizers, media makers, and tech-activists across the United States.  Used to support our Vice to ICE campaign, TMOP provided a platform for our two organizations to conduct a skillshare in February.  We presented on ways in which art can be used to channel energy from membership bases to build a deeper understanding of the importance of solidarity between LGBTQ youth of color and Latinx immigrant communities. We shared examples of how to break language barriers and explore the healing nature of making together to communicate our struggles


on Fri, 01/29/2016 - 14:40

More information about the BOP Institute:

Download this BOP Brochure


A Message from Healing As Resistance Together (HART) Coordinator, Nate/ Nia Faulk

on Thu, 01/21/2016 - 20:04

BreakOUT! Bids Farewell to Nate/ Nia Faulk as Healing As Resistance Together (HART) Coordinator

(Photo credit: Amanda Greene)

 BreakOUT! is sad to see Nate/ Nia Faulk transition from their staff position back into their position as Core Member Leader, but is excited for the opportunities that lie ahead for them!  Thank you, Nate/ Nia for your leadership!

Check out their transition letter to all of you below:

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Dear beautiful people,

How thankful I am for the chance to lead a movement filled with opulence! How grand that five Black trans ladies came together and thus BreakOUT! exists! How superb it is that I have been granted such a family for the last four years!  The many places and faces I can now call home!

For two and a half of those years, I’ve been witness to an experience


on Thu, 01/21/2016 - 17:33


Photo from GSA Youth Day at Youth Empowerment Project, 2015 

BreakOUT! is excited to announce that the New Orleans GSA Network, formerly a program of the National GSA Network, has officially become part of the BreakOUT! family.

The New Orleans GSA Network is the only city GSA Network that the GSA national office operated outside of California and had been renting office space from BreakOUT! since its inception last year.  But starting mid-January, the New Orleans GSA Network will be under the leadership of BreakOUT!  and operated as a project of the organization.

BreakOUT! 2015 Annual Report

on Mon, 12/28/2015 - 23:27

BreakOUT! Mourns Loss of Member, Ciara Aaliyah Love

on Thu, 12/24/2015 - 17:43


“Ciara.  Aaliyah.  Love.
Ciara Aaliyah Love. That’s my name.”


It is with a heavy heart that BreakOUT! shares the news that another one of our members, Ciara Aaliyah Love, has passed away.
Ciara performed in the BreakOUT! and Ping Chong + Company production, Say My Name, Say My Name: Stories from LGBTQ Youth in New Orleans.
Ciara makes the 3rd transgender young woman of color that BreakOUT! and the New Orleans community has lost this year.

BreakOUT! is accepting donations on behalf of the family to cover funeral and burial costs.  You may donate to her family here.

Ciara Aaliyah Love.  Say her name.


Read more about Ciara in Say My Name, Say My Name here.