$30,000 / 2014
New York, NY
FIERCE seeks to address issues that affect LGBTQ youth of color between the ages of 13-24, primarily African American/Black, Caribbean American, and Latino youth who make up the majority of LGBTQ youth who hang out at the west Manhattan piers and experience discrimination from white residents and racial profiling by the police and park enforcement agents. LGBTQ youth of color are often overlooked as decision-makers and are often denied or provided very limited resources. They face multiple oppressions that contribute to the isolation, discrimination and violence they face. This $30,000 renewal grant will enable FIERCE to advance their local and national campaigns stop the criminalization of queer and trans youth of color. This work includes building strategic partnerships with communities impacted by “quality of life” laws, as well as gain support for research and access to data that will inform campaign tactics.