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NOLA TRANS MARCH, FRIDAY, APRIL 24th (*UPDATED*)

on Wed, 04/15/2015 - 13:26

Join us April 24, 2015 for New Orleans' very first youth-led Trans March!

Meet at 3:15pm (march steps off promptly at 3:30pm) at corner of Ursulines and N. Claiborne this Friday.  Press conference and community gathering to follow at Ursulines and N. Claiborne at 4:30pm.

Open to people of all gender identities, expressions, and experience, NOLA Trans March is not a demonstration but rather, a revolutionary movement. 

Take a stand against the hate, social injustice, and inequality faced by trans, gender variant, gender queer, and gender non-conforming (T|GV|GQ|GNC) communities.

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BREAKOUT! UNVEILS BILLBOARD IN HONOR OF BLACK TRANS LIVES

on Wed, 04/22/2015 - 13:36

LGBTQ youth take lack of local media coverage into own hands

In just under three months in the beginning of 2015, at least 10 transgender women were murdered in the U.S., mostly transgender women of color.  Several other gender non-conforming and queer people of color were also killed, including Jessie Hernandez, killed by the Denver police.  Shortly following, the nation saw a rash of suicides by transgender young men of color.  And just a few weeks ago, New Orleans lost another Black transgender woman to an illegal silicone injection.

According the National Coalition of Anti-Violence Programs, transgender women of color were the majority (72%) of victims of reporting hate violence in 2013 and 7x more likely to experience police violence and physical violence from police.

Of those

"Say My Name, Say My Name: Stories of LGBTQ Youth from New Orleans" Comes Home, May 22-23rd!

on Wed, 04/15/2015 - 14:36

BreakOUT!'s theatrical performance with Ping Chong + Company, Say My Name, Say My Name: Stories of LGBTQ Youth from New Orleans will be performed in New Orleans at the Ashe Powerhouse on May 22-23rd (showtimes TBA.)

Don't miss the first time we will perform in New Orleans!  Written and directed by Sara Zatz and Mieke D, Say My Name, Say My Name shares the powerful real-life stories of 5 Black transgender young women growing up against the backdrop of New Orleans, incarceration capital of the world, and the fierce power of self-identification.

Stay tuned for official performance times and ticketing information or contact Nate Faulk for more info!

BreakOUT! Joins Amicus in Solidarity with Undocumented Communities

on Wed, 04/08/2015 - 02:28

MORE THAN 150 CIVIL, LABOR, AND IMMIGRANTS’ RIGHTS GROUPS FILE AMICUS WITH U.S. COURT OF APPEALS FOR THE FIFTH CIRCUIT TO ASK COURT TO LIFT BLOCK ON EXPANDED DACA AND DAPA

(Above: BreakOUT! members and Congreso members after Vice to ICE "Culture Clash," February 2015)

President Obama’s immigration actions would allow millions of immigrants to apply for relief from deportation and work authorization and would improve the nation’s economy and society, charged civil and immigrants’ rights groups in an amicus (“friend of the court”) brief filed today. This brief was one of several in support of the Obama administration’s immigration actions, which economists predict will raise the GDP by more than $200 billion over the next ten years. 

"BreakOUT! joined the amicus because of our history

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BreakOUT! Launches Media Campaign to #MakePennyProud

on Thu, 03/05/2015 - 03:38

We're kicking off #MakePennyProud and our #BlackTransLivesMatter campaign with a Twitter Rally on Friday, March 6th at 1pm CST // 2pm EST.

Join us on Twitter using hashtags #MakePennyProud and #BlackTransLivesMatter and stay tuned for more BIG announcements in our media campaign!

Thank you, Erin Wilson, for the beautiful portrait of Penny!

 

UPDATE:  Here's our Tagboard and our Storify from our #MakePennyProud Twitter Rally!

*BREAKING* Statement from BreakOUT! on Death of Black Transgender Youth in New Orleans

on Tue, 02/10/2015 - 21:39

 

In Life and In Death, We Are All Survivors

#BlackTransLivesMatter

 


BreakOUT! has just heard of the death of another community member in New Orleans, Penny Proud, the night of February 9th, 2015.  While we mourn the loss of yet another member in our community, we are reminded how important it is to affirm the value of Black transgender lives, and one another.

Unfortunately, as violence against transgender women of color is so rampant, BreakOUT! was already in the process of releasing a statement called #BlackTransLivesMatter when we heard the news.

Below is an excerpt from that statement:
 
When the clock struck midnight on January 1, 2015, many people were hopeful for a year of change.

GET YR RIGHTS TOOLKIT FOR ORGANIZING TO CHALLENGE DISCRIMINATORY POLICING OF LGBTQTS YOUTH RELEASED AT CREATING CHANGE

on Sat, 02/07/2015 - 21:03

Streetwise and Safe (SAS) and BreakOUT! released a toolkit today gathering together resources and strategies from Get Yr Rights!: A National Know Your Rights Network of over 30 lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer/questioning, and two-spirit (LGBTQTS) youth and youth serving organizations across the country for organizing to change the ways police interact with LGBTQTS youth.

The Get Yr Rights Network, co-anchored by BreakOUT! (New Orleans, LA) and Streetwise and Safe (New York, NY), serves as a resource to LGBTQTS youth and LGBTQTS youth-serving organizations working with LGBTQTS youth of color and Indigenous youth, homeless youth, youth living in low income communities, youth who are or are profiled as being involved in the sex trades, immigrant youth, transgender youth, and

We Deserve Better: A Report on Policing in New Orleans By and For Queer and Trans Youth of Color

on Fri, 10/24/2014 - 02:30

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BreakOUT! Releases We Deserve Better Report, Marches in Solidarity with Undocumented Children

on Fri, 10/24/2014 - 02:10

 

Local organizations come together for shared vision: Ending police harassment

On Friday, October 24th, children from the Congress of Day Laborers (Congreso) and the New Orleans Worker's Center for Racial Justice will lead diverse community members in the Children's March, a march dedicated to ending police harassment of New Orleanians.
 
Following the march, the Congreso will hold a press conference at City Hall and allow members to speak about collusion between the NOPD and Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) and the damaging impact it has produced, share testimonies of police malpractice, deportation as a human rights issue, and invite other groups of people to share their experiences.

Join Us for Solidarity March and Press Conference at City Hall, Oct. 24th

on Sun, 10/19/2014 - 14:12

Join us as we march in solidarity with the Congress of Day Laborers for human rights, dignity, and respect for our communities.  Then, support the Congress of Day Laborers and BreakOUT! as we stand in solidarity for increased community input in NOPD policies regarding discriminatory policing and an end to NOPD's collaboration with Immigrations and Custom Enforcement.  The Congress of Day Laborers will be delivering a letter to the Mayor's Office while BreakOUT! will be delivering a copy of our new report, "We Deserve Better."

The report is the result of over a year's worth of research by BreakOUT! members to gather data about LGBTQ youth's experiences with policing in New Orleans, particularly transgender young women of color.

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