We approach the health and rights crises faced by transgender sex workers holistically using harm reduction, human rights principles, economic and social justice, along with a commitment to empowerment and pride in finding solutions from our own community. The first issue we address is that of immediate need/crisis support for transgender sex workers, including community members from the NYC area, across the US and globally through supporting asylum seekers from our priority communities. The next issue we address is health care and health resilience for transgender sex workers. We need to address this issue because our community is hypermarginalized and has a profound need for safe sex supplies and free/low cost health to address both trans specific and holistic needs. We currently work on housing since so many in our G.L.I.T.S.’ community are without stable housing, deepening the cycle of disenfranchisement. G.L.I.T.S. also advocates and educates to ensure health, wellness and inclusion of transgender people in our society and to address the stigmatization and criminalization of trans people because of anti-prostitution/anti-sex work laws.
G.L.I.T.S. is a program of Project Prosper, our fiscal sponsor.
Immediate need/crisis support: we provide around the clock urgent care for safety and referral for community members from the NYC area, for those across the US and globally through supporting asylum seekers from our priority communities. Here is an example of this work. In 2016 Alia Adams—a young trans woman from Uganda—contacted Ceyenne Doroshow/GLITS via Facebook in fear for her life after she was outed by the Red Pepper newspaper. In 2017 Alia was able to with the support of GLITS to arrive to the US as a refugee and is now thriving living in Albany NY about to start college. PJ Starr recorded Alia’s story for GLITS: https://vimeo.com/227252541 (with the passcode Alia).
Health care and resilience: we have deep roots for referral, we provide peer led direct services and educate mainstream service providers in both trans and sex worker rights. An example of this work is our regular dinner meetings that we organize at GMHC in NYC where our community comes to mingle and to be referred to secure health services. Another example of building life long resiliance is Operation Prom that facilitates prom dresses and tuxedos for young GLBTQIA. For the last few years we have been building trans visibility and defend the lives of trans youth in this way. GLITS staff and volunteers do make-up and transportation all while educating parents via this step in life.
Housing: We refer those in crisis to shelters we have reviewed/assessed. GLITS' growth goal is to create a major housing facility for people of trans experience and trans sex workers, that includes provisions for safe, emergency, and long term shelter, mental and physical health care, legal services, job placement, and other general support services as they transition from homelessness to independent living.
Advocacy and Education: GLITS meets with civic representatives in the NYC area, advocating nationwide as part of various networks, and using platforms available to us—such as the United Nations located in NY—to have our voices heard. We also outreach through social media and public speaking worldwide bringing information to people who are in need and to those who can change policies to reduce rights.
2018-2019 Projects: AS GLITS SEEKS FUNDING FOR SUSTAINABLE LONG-TERM SOLUTIONS TO THE NEEDS OF OUR COMMUNITY, WE ARE WORKING ON THE FOLLOWING PROGRAMS AND PROJECTS:
TRANS LEADERSHIP ACADEMY, GLITS INTERNSHIP, LGBTQ SAFER SEX PROJECT, POST-INCARCERATION COMMUNITY PROGRAM