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NOLA TRANS MARCH, FRIDAY, APRIL 24th

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

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

 
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. Issues such as violence, lack of healthcare, lack of housing and employment opportunities, police brutality, the suicidal rate amongst trans men of color, and other forms of discrimination against T|GV|GQ|GNC youth are just a few of the concerns being voiced.  We will lift up the life of Penny Proud, one of 10 transgender women of color who have already been murdered in the United States since January.

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"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!

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!

 

*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.

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

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.

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