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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!

BreakOUT! Receives Courage Award

on Mon, 02/16/2015 - 01:10

BreakOUT! was honored to receive the Courage Award from the International Studies Association (ISA) in February at the Riverside Hilton Hotel.  The award, which came with a $2,000 gift fundraised through individual donations by the LGBTQA Caucus of the ISA, is given to an organization in the location of their annual conference, which was held in New Orleans this year.  Many thanks to the LGBTQA Caucus of the ISA!


BreakOUT! Attends Revolutionizing A Dream (RAD) Convening to Launch Queer and Trans Youth Resiliency Campaign

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

Last week, BreakOUT! traveled to Oakland, CA to launch the Queer and Trans Youth Resiliency Campaign.

Queer and Trans Youth Resiliency is a project of the Revolutionizing A Dream (RAD) cohort, the young people's arm of the Strong Families movement, made up of organizations that work with young people ages 13 to 23 on issues of race, gender and sexuality. BreakOUT! is a proud member of Strong Families.

"We are tired of the way the media portrays queer and trans youth as victims. Yes, violence, homophobia and transphobia are realities for many of us, but we are so much more! We are creative, diverse and resilient. More than a stereotype, more than a statistic, we are resilient!"

Check out the campaign's Tumblr here and join us on March 18th at 2pm CST / 3pm EST to hear us share what

*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



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.


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.

BreakOUT!, Member Featured in Laverne Cox Documentary, The T Word

on Sat, 10/18/2014 - 04:00

"We in New Orleans are really working to change this environment and change the system so that transwomen don't feel afraid of going out at night."  -L'lerret, 20, New Orleans


Click above to watch the full documentary on LogoTV.  L'lerret and BreakOUT! are featured at 27:57.

Read an interview with L'lerret and The Advocate here.

#GetYrRights Twitter Rally!

on Sat, 10/11/2014 - 02:36

As many of you already know, October 11, THIS SATURDAY, is NATIONAL COMING OUT DAY, a day that – while well intentioned – doesn't always address the lived realities of LGBTQ youth of color who are criminalized and policed. For many of us, especially transgender and gender non-conforming youth, being “in the closet” was never an option. And for others, simply being visible – without structural changes to state-based violence – still isn’t safe.

Let’s flip the script on National Coming Out Day, #NCOD! Let's use #NCOD to talk about Coming Out in the face of policing and criminalization. Let's talk about issues that matter to LGBTQ youth of color. Let's talk about strategies for staying safe with the police and on the streets.

And let’s share our #GetYrRights strategies with youth all