September 15, 2009
WHAT: FIERCE, a community-based organization dedicated to building the leadership and power of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer (LGBTQ) youth of color, the Kiki Coalition and Friends of Hudson River Park are presenting a first-of-its kind Ball on Pier 46 in the West Village section of the Hudson River Park. The environmentally conscious, green-themed Ball will feature stunning performances, voguing competitions, and creative costumes.
This youth-led event marks a major victory in FIERCE's Safe Space Saves Lives Campaign to ensure that the needs of LGBTQ youth of color are not forgotten in the wake of developments along the West Village Waterfront. FIERCE worked with the Friends of Hudson River Park to co-sponsor the event, a crucial step for waiving the standard $25,000 event fee and securing free educational programming on the pier.
The Kiki Coalition, established to enhance partnerships within the House and Ball community, is also collaborating closely with FIERCE to organize this monumental Ball. The Coalition, comprised of members from The Hetrick-Martin Institute, The Door, Gay Men's Health Crisis (GMHC), the HEAT Program, FACES NY, and OutSpoken, most recently spearheaded a multi-organizational internship program for LGBTQ youth to strengthen their skills and commitment to the empowerment and safety of their community.
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