BreakOUT! counts on support from YOU every day to defend the rights of trans youth and protect our communities.
(photo credit: Red Tremmel, November 2016 Trans Day of Resilience)
A YEAR OF GROWTH: SCALING UP FOR THE FIGHT AHEAD
“Hoy amanecí con más fuerza que nunca de luchar.”
“Today I woke up with more force than ever to fight.”
BreakOUT! is committed to growing and creating new opportunities for queer and trans youth in New Orleans. In 2016, we increased our staff to 10 (part-time and full-time) staff, most of whom are under 25 years old, and increased our membership base to over 65 youth members. We created internships for our members, as well as hired them as consultants because we understand that our members are the experts in understanding their needs and strategy. And we held more Healing As Resistance Together (HART) healing justice nights than ever before!
(photo credit: Red Tremmel)
In addition, BreakOUT!:
Partnered on the What’s Your Issue? Project, a national participatory action research project, and launched We Deserve Better 2.0, our emerging work to tackle LGBTQ youth homelessness in New Orleans as a key contributing factor in the criminalization of our communities.
Built a base of undocumented transgender Latinx youth in New Orleans through our Vice to ICE Campaign, and began conducting bilingual General Member Meetings with simultaneous interpretation.
Defended trans youth in the wake of the 2016 presidential election results, launching the Trans Defense Fund, hosting a Defend Trans Youth Legal Clinic, and providing legal name changes and other legal assistance for 20 transgender youth of color in New Orleans.
Hosted the 2016 annual Transgender Day of Remembrance, Resilience, and Resistance in New Orleans called #GiveUsOurRoses, with a press conference, followed by an event at Congo Square and direct action street theater in the French Quarter to lift up the over 25 transgender people murdered in the U.S. this year and demand jobs, housing, education, and access to safe spaces to keep trans youth safe.
Launched a Training & Technical Assistance Program that employed 3 youth members to conduct trainings for 100+ healthcare providers and professionals on the needs of LGBTQ youth in New Orleans, thanks to a partnership with the New Orleans Office of Public Health STD/HIV Prevention Office.
BreakOUT! is seeking new additions to our Advisory Board in 2017! To apply, please submit a cover letter that includes your answer to the question, “What does a youth-led organization look like to you?” along with your resume to firstname.lastname@example.org (If you are a youth interested in applying and need assistance with your resume, please let us know.) More information and full role description here.