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*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

Join Us for a Screening of Out in the Night 10/17, 5pm

on Mon, 10/06/2014 - 14:05

Women with a Vision, Inc. and BreakOUT! in collaboration with the New Orleans Film Festival present a screening and discussion of "Out in the Night."

"Out in the Night" is a documentary film by blair dorosh-walther examining the 2006 case of the New Jersey 4, four young, black lesbian friends from Newark who were changed with assault when they defended themselves against an attack. Out in the Night follows the case as their race, gender, and sexuality are criminalized in the news media and legal system.

WWAV and BreakOUT! are excited to partner with the New Orleans Film Festival to present the documentary screening, followed by a Q&A with the director and a community panel examining violence against Black women and LGBTQ communities.

Friday, October 17, 2014, 5:15 p.m

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BreakOUT! Joins Organizations Calling for Charges to be Dropped Against LGBTQ Survivors for Defending Themselves

on Wed, 10/01/2014 - 12:35
September 30, 2014
LGBTQ Allied Organizations Alarmed by Trend of Prosecution of Survivors for Self-Defense; Call for National Advocacy and Charges to be Dropped Against LGBTQ Survivors for Defending Themselves
We, the undersigned allied lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer (LGBTQ) organizations are deeply concerned by the national trend of prosecuting survivors of anti-LGBTQ hate violence for defending themselves.  Currently Eisha Love, a young African American transgender woman, who was violently attacked by a group of people in a transphobic hate violence incident in her own neighborhood, is facing first degree attempted murder charges for defending herself from this attack. Eisha was the only person arrested.

New Orleans Youth Organizations Call for Process, Transparency in Police Superintendent Hire

on Tue, 09/23/2014 - 02:19

New Orleans Organizations Call for Process, Transparency in Police Superintendent Hire

On August 11th in New Orleans, an unarmed young Black man, Armand Bennett, was shot in the head by a New Orleans Police Department (NOPD) officer Lisa Lewis, who had turned off her body camera as she approached his car during a traffic stop.   Even more appalling, is the fact that the incident was intentionally kept from the public for two days.  Once finally reported, then NOPD Superintendent Ronal Serpas apologized, calling the failure to disclose the shooting, “a complete snafu.”

The NOPD is under a federal Consent Decree with the Department of Justice due to years of corruption and abuse, from the murders of 3 Black men and 1 Black woman in the Algiers Seven shootings in 1981 to the