Vision

BreakOUT! envisions a city where transgender, gender non-conforming, and queer youth of color can live without fear of harassment and discrimination.

Mission

BreakOUT! seeks to end the criminalization of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and gender non-confomring (TGNC), queer,  nonbinary and, intersex (LGBTQI) youth to build a more just New Orleans. We inherit the rich cultural tradition of resistance in the Deep South to mobilize the power of LGBTQI Black, African Diasporic, Latinx, Asian, Indigenous, Arab and multi-racial youth, ages 13+ directly impacted by the criminal legal system through youth organizing, healing justice, and leadership development.

BreakOUT!

2012
2012

Second Annual Allied Media Conference

BreakOUT! attends their second annual Allied Media Conference in Detroit, MI.
2012

Right to the City’s Urban Congress

BreakOUT! attends the Right to the City’s Urban Congress and participates in an action and rally outside of ICE and City Hall.
2012

One-year Anniversary!

BreakOUT! celebrates its one-year anniversary!
2012

We Deserve Better Video

BreakOUT! delivers its video, produced with FosterBear Films, “We Deserve Better” to the NOPD for use in officer trainings.
2012

Vigil For Brenting & Githe

BreakOUT! remembers the lives of two community members lost to violence, Brenting and Githe, and holds a memorial vigil at Tulane and Broad.
2011
2011

Members Attend IGNITE! LGBTQ Youth Media Camp

Two BreakOUT! members attend the LGBTQ youth of color IGNITE Media Camp, hosted by SPARK in Atlanta, GA.
2011

BreakOUT!’s 1st Meeting w/ NOPD

BreakOUT! has its first meeting with the NOPD about adopting an LGBTQ policy.
2011

BreakOUT! Holds 1st Storycircle

BreakOUT! holds our first Storycircle with allies at the Congress of Day Laborers. Through a translator, we discuss similarities and differences in our experiences of police profiling, access to jobs, and access to public space in our own City. Calling our partnership “From Vice to ICE,” over the next 2 years BreakOUT! attends a rally…
2011

1st Allied Media Conference

Three BreakOUT! members attend the Allied Media Conference in Detroit, MI.
2011

BreakOUT! Conducts It’s First Survey

BreakOUT! conducts its first survey and finds that 15 out of 15 young Black trans girls in New Orleans have been approached by an NOPD officer for sex.
2011

BreakOUT! Youth Space Opens!

BreakOUT! opens its youth space and hosts an official Coming Out Party on May 17th, the International Day Against Homophobia and Transphobia. BreakOUT! is comprised of 6 Founding Members: Milan Nicole Sherry, Jonathan Willis, Lhundyn Palmer, Kenisha Harris, Amhari Alexander, De-De Jackson
2011

Press Conference

BreakOUT! speaks at a press conference with the Center for Constitutional Rights and Women With a Vision about discriminatory and overly-punitive Crimes Against Nature laws.
2011

1st Know Your Rights Training

A group of young people, mostly Black transgender young women, come together for the first Know Your Rights Training with the Independent Police Monitor at Women With a Vision.
2010
2010

Meeting with Department of Justice

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…