BreakOUT!

2018
2018

Annual Transgender Day of Remembrance

Hosted the 2018 annual Transgender Day of Remembrance, Resilience, and Resistance in New Orleans, with a press conference, and event at Congo Square, premiering new artwork created in partnership with Forward Together and the phenomenal artistry of Preach  to honor lift up the over 22 transgender people murdered in the U.S. this year and demand […]
2018

Launched Building Our Analysis Institute

2.0 of our Build Our Power/Construyendo Nuestro Instituto de Poder  Institute. building our analysis on the prison industrial complex, the history of prison abolition, advanced facilitation, delivering and receiving critical feedback and reflection, media messaging and intro to communications.
2018

#MyQTPOCPride

#MyQTPOCPride a bilingual, intergenerational, panel discussion with the legendary MAMA MAJOR (Miss Major Griffin-Gracy) along with Wendi Moore-O’Neal, Sy’ria Jackson, and BreakOUT! members.  Remembering our past to shape our future and celebrating our legacy of Black and Brown LGBTQ movements then and now.
2018

BreakOUT! names new interim director

BreakOUT! is excited to announce that Collette Carter will be joining us as our Interim Director. Collette brings over 20 years of experience in organizing and movement building, leadership development, nonprofit management, and the healing power of the Theatre.
2017
2017

BreakOUT!’s founding director bids farewell

“Growing an organization, like all of our work in this movement, is a labor of love.”  Wes Ware the Founding Director at BreakOUT! transitioned out of his staff role as part of a long-term leadership transition plan.   Celebrating 6 years of growth and a transition for BreakOUT! into new leadership.
2017

Annual Transgender Day of Remembrance

Hosted the 2017 annual Transgender Day of Remembrance, Resilience, and Resistance in New Orleans called #GiveUsOurRoses, with a press conference, and event at Congo Square and direct action street theater in the French Quarter to lift up the over 22 transgender people murdered in the U.S. this year and demand jobs, housing, and education.
2017

BreakOUT! moves to our new location

Before the close of 2017 we relocated to our new location at 4327 Canal St!  Our new space includes a meeting room, class room, and a healing room.
2017

Launched Construyendo Nuestro Instituto de Poder

A Spanish language version of our Building Our Power Institute – 12-week long, paid youth organizing and leadership development cohort for Queer and Transgender youth in New Orleans. Covering topics like “Movement Building and the Role of an Organizer”, “Intro to Organizing Campaigns”, “Intro to Base building, Fundraising”, and ” Building self-image and self esteem”.
2017

Launched the Trans Defense Fund

Defended trans youth in the wake of the 2016 presidential election results, launching the Trans Defense Fund, hosting a Defend Trans Youth Legal Clinic, and providing legal name changes and other legal assistance for 20 transgender youth of color in New Orleans.
2016
2016

Undocumented Trans Latinx youth in New Orleans

Built a base of undocumented transgender latinx youth in New Orleans through our Vice to ICE Campaign and began conducting bilingual General Member Meetings with simultaneous interpretation.
2016

Annual Transgender Day of Remembrance

Hosted the 2016 annual Transgender Day of Remembrance, Resilience, and Resistance in New Orleans called #GiveUsOurRoses, with a press conference, followed by an event at Congo Square and direct action street theater in the French Quarter to lift up the over 25 transgender people murdered in the U.S. this year and demand jobs, housing, education, […]
2016

Street Safety work

Beefed up our Street Safety work in response to the police murder of Alton Sterling in Baton Rouge, LA, as well as the over 1,100 NOPD officers, 170 State Troopers, 100 FBI Agents, ATF, ICE, French Quarter Private Patrol & dozens of police from other parishes who descended on New Orleans for Mardi Gras in […]
2016

Get #PoliceOutOfPride

Responded to get #PoliceOutOfPolice in response to the hyper policed and militarized Pride celebrations happening locally and across the country (and as a result, had our 2016 New Orleans Pride Grand Marshal title rescinded).
2016

Built Deeper Connections with our Elders <3

Built deeper connections with transgender elders at the Transgender, Gender-Variant, Intersex Justice Project (TGIJP) in Oakland, CA, including hosting Miss Major Griffin-Gracy at BreakOUT!, and began more intentional and reflective organizational development work to prepare us for the next 4 years!
2016

Launched Training & Technical Assistance Program

Employed 3 youth members to conduct trainings for over 100 healthcare providers on the needs of LGBTQ youth in New Orleans, thanks to a partnership with the New Orleans of Public Health STD/HIV Prevention Office.
2016

Launched New Orleans GSA Network, powered by BreakOUT!

Officially launched the New Orleans GSA Network, powered by BreakOUT! to begin building a base of LGBTQ youth in New Orleans high schools!
2015
2015

First Trans March of Resilience

BreakOUT! hosts the first Trans March of Resilience and brought over 200 people to march and second line to City Hall to deliver a Platform for a Safer City to the Mayor, hosting a die-in on the steps of City Hall.
2015

#MakePennyProud

Penny Proud is murdered in New Orleans, by the end of the year, at least 22 trans women of color were murdered. BreakOUT! launches #MakePennyProud & installs a billboard to lift up violence against the trans community
2014
2014

“The T Word”

BreakOUT! is featured on MTV’S “The T Word” with Laverne Cox.
2014

Ending Violence, Ending Criminalization

BreakOUT! hosted “Ending Violence, Ending Criminalization” regional training academy with the National Coalition of Anti-Violence Programs in New Orleans, LA and brought youth to present at over 5 conferences around the country from Detroit, MI to Dallas, TX.

BreakOUT!

2018
November 25

Annual Transgender Day of Remembrance

Hosted the 2018 annual Transgender Day of Remembrance, Resilience, and Resistance in New Orleans, with a press conference, and event at Congo Square, premiering new artwork created in partnership with Forward Together and the phenomenal artistry of Preach  to honor lift up the over 22 transgender people murdered in the U.S. this year and demand […]
August 26

Launched Building Our Analysis Institute

2.0 of our Build Our Power/Construyendo Nuestro Instituto de Poder  Institute. building our analysis on the prison industrial complex, the history of prison abolition, advanced facilitation, delivering and receiving critical feedback and reflection, media messaging and intro to communications.
June 8

#MyQTPOCPride

#MyQTPOCPride a bilingual, intergenerational, panel discussion with the legendary MAMA MAJOR (Miss Major Griffin-Gracy) along with Wendi Moore-O’Neal, Sy’ria Jackson, and BreakOUT! members.  Remembering our past to shape our future and celebrating our legacy of Black and Brown LGBTQ movements then and now.
January 1

BreakOUT! names new interim director

BreakOUT! is excited to announce that Collette Carter will be joining us as our Interim Director. Collette brings over 20 years of experience in organizing and movement building, leadership development, nonprofit management, and the healing power of the Theatre.
2017
December 30

BreakOUT!’s founding director bids farewell

“Growing an organization, like all of our work in this movement, is a labor of love.”  Wes Ware the Founding Director at BreakOUT! transitioned out of his staff role as part of a long-term leadership transition plan.   Celebrating 6 years of growth and a transition for BreakOUT! into new leadership.
November 20

Annual Transgender Day of Remembrance

Hosted the 2017 annual Transgender Day of Remembrance, Resilience, and Resistance in New Orleans called #GiveUsOurRoses, with a press conference, and event at Congo Square and direct action street theater in the French Quarter to lift up the over 22 transgender people murdered in the U.S. this year and demand jobs, housing, and education.
October 26

BreakOUT! moves to our new location

Before the close of 2017 we relocated to our new location at 4327 Canal St!  Our new space includes a meeting room, class room, and a healing room.
August 26

Launched Construyendo Nuestro Instituto de Poder

A Spanish language version of our Building Our Power Institute – 12-week long, paid youth organizing and leadership development cohort for Queer and Transgender youth in New Orleans. Covering topics like “Movement Building and the Role of an Organizer”, “Intro to Organizing Campaigns”, “Intro to Base building, Fundraising”, and ” Building self-image and self esteem”.
January 26

Launched the Trans Defense Fund

Defended trans youth in the wake of the 2016 presidential election results, launching the Trans Defense Fund, hosting a Defend Trans Youth Legal Clinic, and providing legal name changes and other legal assistance for 20 transgender youth of color in New Orleans.
2016
December 26

Undocumented Trans Latinx youth in New Orleans

Built a base of undocumented transgender latinx youth in New Orleans through our Vice to ICE Campaign and began conducting bilingual General Member Meetings with simultaneous interpretation.
November 26

Annual Transgender Day of Remembrance

Hosted the 2016 annual Transgender Day of Remembrance, Resilience, and Resistance in New Orleans called #GiveUsOurRoses, with a press conference, followed by an event at Congo Square and direct action street theater in the French Quarter to lift up the over 25 transgender people murdered in the U.S. this year and demand jobs, housing, education, […]
August 26

Street Safety work

Beefed up our Street Safety work in response to the police murder of Alton Sterling in Baton Rouge, LA, as well as the over 1,100 NOPD officers, 170 State Troopers, 100 FBI Agents, ATF, ICE, French Quarter Private Patrol & dozens of police from other parishes who descended on New Orleans for Mardi Gras in […]
July 26

Get #PoliceOutOfPride

Responded to get #PoliceOutOfPolice in response to the hyper policed and militarized Pride celebrations happening locally and across the country (and as a result, had our 2016 New Orleans Pride Grand Marshal title rescinded).
June 26

Built Deeper Connections with our Elders <3

Built deeper connections with transgender elders at the Transgender, Gender-Variant, Intersex Justice Project (TGIJP) in Oakland, CA, including hosting Miss Major Griffin-Gracy at BreakOUT!, and began more intentional and reflective organizational development work to prepare us for the next 4 years!
February 26

Launched Training & Technical Assistance Program

Employed 3 youth members to conduct trainings for over 100 healthcare providers on the needs of LGBTQ youth in New Orleans, thanks to a partnership with the New Orleans of Public Health STD/HIV Prevention Office.
January 26

Launched New Orleans GSA Network, powered by BreakOUT!

Officially launched the New Orleans GSA Network, powered by BreakOUT! to begin building a base of LGBTQ youth in New Orleans high schools!
2015
November 19

First Trans March of Resilience

BreakOUT! hosts the first Trans March of Resilience and brought over 200 people to march and second line to City Hall to deliver a Platform for a Safer City to the Mayor, hosting a die-in on the steps of City Hall.
February 19

#MakePennyProud

Penny Proud is murdered in New Orleans, by the end of the year, at least 22 trans women of color were murdered. BreakOUT! launches #MakePennyProud & installs a billboard to lift up violence against the trans community
2014
July 19

“The T Word”

BreakOUT! is featured on MTV’S “The T Word” with Laverne Cox.
June 19

Ending Violence, Ending Criminalization

BreakOUT! hosted “Ending Violence, Ending Criminalization” regional training academy with the National Coalition of Anti-Violence Programs in New Orleans, LA and brought youth to present at over 5 conferences around the country from Detroit, MI to Dallas, TX.
In late 2010, people from Women With a Vision, Brotherhood Inc., the Juvenile Justice Project of Louisiana’s LGBTQ Youth Project, and an unorganized group of LGBTQ young people come together with other community partners to meet with the Department of Justice, who is investigating the New Orleans Police Department.

After discussing issues related to the NOPD, Crimes Against Nature laws, and Orleans Parish Prison, the conversation turns to community solutions for problems we are facing in New Orleans.