GLITS creates holistic solutions to the health and housing crises faced by LGBTQIA+ individuals experiencing systemic discrimination at intersecting oppressions impacted by racism and criminalization, through a lens of harm reduction, human rights principles, social justice and community empowerment, imbued with a commitment to empowerment and pride in finding solutions in our own community. Centering Black trans leadership, GLITS is committed to building future community leaders and is grounded in a multi-generational approach to growth. GLITS uses advocacy as well as press and media appearances to educate the public about health, wellness and inclusion of LGBTQIA+ people in our society and to address the stigmatization and criminalization. GLITS holistically addresses the barriers the LGBTQIA+ community experience particularly at the intersection of gender, class and race identities. GLITS first faces immediate need and crisis support including for transgender sex workers, and incarcerated community members, in the NYC area as well as globally through supporting LGBTQIA+ asylum seekers. GLITS recognizes housing as a cornerstone of health and wellness and has created sustainable stable housing through GLITS I SOUTH & The Leadership Academy including 12 individual apartments with leadership, healing and educational services. Finally, GLITS address disparity in health care and health resilience for the LGBTQIA+ community through our preliminary work to establish a dedicated health clinic co-designed with health practitioners and LGBTQIA+ community members. GLITS initiatives are groundbreaking and each is being documented to serve as a pilot project exemplifying approaches that can and will be applied in other cities around the country and the world.
This effort is led by Black trans folk giving back to their community and prioritizing the safety of Black trans women.
With love and solidarity <3