2019 !!!

BreakOUT! is an expression of the soul. Building the power of LGBTQ youth ages 13-25.
Give NOLA day is  May 7th.  
It takes an amazing amount of resources to support the leadership and vision of  LGBTQ youth.  Please share and support BreakOUT!

If you feel the magic make a video, share the link, remember to #BlackTransLivesMatter   #GiveNOLAday
BreakOUT! Office Hours

BreakOUT! is open from 10am to 6pm Monday to Friday

Meeting Schedule
WDB committee meetings Tuesday @ 5:00pm
HART Committee Meetings Thursday @ 4:30pm
V2I committee meetings Wednesday @ 4:00pm
POSH Academy Tues,Wed,Thurs @ 4:00pm
BreakOUT's oldest campaign fighting the decriminalization of LGBTQ youth. Committee members played a huge part in our Panel participation, and also the Banner Drop as well. for more information contact
Leadership Development
BreakOUT! members can schedule a meeting with our Leadership Development Coordinator Quita about upcoming opportunities. To find out more information contact
BreakOUT!’s intergenerational healing nights and pillowtalks for LGBTQ communities in New Orleans. To find out more information contact
A HiSET program and leadership development for LGBTQ youth pushed out of schools and our response to the school-to-prison pipeline for LGBTQ youth of color. To find out more information contact

Recognizes the intersections between their struggles for liberation, as well as their intentional building with those whose lives are at the intersections of these identities- LGBTQ undocumented communities in New Orleans. To find out more information contact

General Membership Meeting
It's a great environment with a lot of good energy To find out more information contact 
(Healing and Resilience Together)
Yalllllllll our new altarrrr got built in !!!!!!! -- the H.A.R.T. committee worked with a Tulane student to create an original altar for our Healing Room.  💫⚡️⚡️⚡️ Thanks H.A.R.T committee for choosing this wonderful design!  For more information contact
Stay Safe Friday's
On April 26th we launched Stay Safe Friday!   -- This space is to combat harassment and targeting of young queer and trans people of color. Especially those facing curfew and other oppressive forces. This is the first event of its kind and we encourage people invite and share to
Local queer/trans youth of color in New Orleans!  Next one scheduled for May 24th 6pm to 11pm  For more info contact
We Deserve Better
Last month members of WDB met with the Consent Decree Monitors Office to voice our concerns about the treatment we face from NOPD officers.  The Consent Decree includes a set of guidelines that NOPD officers must follow when interacting with the LGBTQ community.  We will continue to met with the Consent Decree Monitor's Office Monthly.  Are you interested in learning more?  have an encounter you would like us to know about?  contact Collette at 
Join Vice2Ice as we bring attention to the treatment of Trans and LGB immigrants in detention for June.  In July -- help us outreach and rehearse for our Miss Primaveral Pagent 2019! for more info contact

Powered by BreakOUT!, GSA NOLA is a network of LGBTQ students. Register your LGBTQ school club here! Don’t have a GSA but want to start one, email for more info.

In 2018 We grew. 
We started searching for new Co-Director’s at BreakOUT!, but had to close our hiring process  -- because as an organization we are not in decision-making control of the money we raise and we have no formal business structure in the state of Louisiana. This grew and impacted us beyond our hiring processes -- spilling over into our other campaign and program areas -- and still affects our ability to provide the full programming we did in 2018.  

We extend our deepest appreciation to the brilliant candidates who applied, all of whom graciously gave their time to interview with BreakOUT!   We will be relaunching our search for New Co-Directors in 2020 after we have set up additional business structures to operate under our own self-determination.  Until we relaunch our search Collette Carter will continue on on the role of Executive Director. 

From February thru April 2019 we came together across 3 organizational meetings to build our vision for a more solidified future to end the criminalization of LGBTQ youth in New Orleans. What does that mean for now?  Well:
  • We are in the process of vetting consultants to help us do a cost benefit analysis of our options and structures possibilities; which will finally locate the governance and resources of BreakOUT! in the South.
  • We have added to our Advisory Board including youth members and local leadership to round out our Advisory Board
  • We have a goal for implementing a new structure before the end of 2019 -- through a series of meetings we will hold this year across the different people that make up BreakOUT! (Members, Staff and Board).
 The commitment to our vision, formulated over 7 years ago to build on the rich cultural traditions of resistance in the South and build the power of LGBTQ youth directly impacted by the criminal justice system; and our methodologies of youth organizing, healing justice, and leadership development programs continue to be our guiding light thru this process. 
We remain grounded in:
  • The choices BreakOUT! as on organization makes when LGBTQ Youth lives, culture and families (both genetic and chosen) are on the line. 
  • Identifying things that help our individual members move beyond the constant harassment and barriers to our culture and our identities in order to come together to make decisions to leveraging power for change.
  • Building our work in ways to create the greatest access for LGBTQ youth in New Orleans across class, race, documentation, ability and identity.
  • Building our awareness practices individually and collectively to undo the divisions that are created when we leap to judgement about ourselves and each other. 

In Principled Struggle
The Members, Staff and Board of 
Want to know more?  contact Collette at



The Human Rights Campaign & Hyatt Regency New Orleans along withHyPride, PFLAG New Orleans, CrescentCare, and Jewish Pride NOLA (a program of the Jewish Federation of GNO) invite LGBTQ youth ages 16-20to Pride Prom 2019 featuring a special performance by New Orleans LGBTQ advocate and bounce music star, BIG FREEDIA!

Who's invited: LGBTQ and LGBTQ supporting youth ages 16-20

When: Friday, May 10, 2018 from 8pm-midnight

Where: Hyatt Regency New Orleans – 601 Loyola Ave. (Celestin Ballroom)

Attire: Formal attire or whatever makes you feel Fabulous

Cost:FREE (RSVP required)



Carpool New Orleans

Provided us with excellent transportation services.

Jessica and Kendra
Repeated Drivers:
Liz Lu, Dan and Liz

Hey Kitty Girl!

Had BreakOUT! as a beneficiary for their fundraising this past month!

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