We envision a society where trans people are unbound from all facets of structural marginalization. We aim to manifest a world where trans people are recognized as experts of our own lives, and gender-affirming care is universally accessible. We aspire to build a community that supports trans people no matter where they choose to seek resources and care.
GHC is a health center that treats the trauma inflicted on us by a culture that has erased and brutalized us for our lived experiences for centuries. We recognize harm to our mental health is the symptom of a toxic culture of white supremacy, cis-heteronormativity and capitalism and we continue to actively treat the trauma from these systems.
We are interrogating the programs and services that are handed to us as Trans people and as staff and are changing these programs to serve the people who need them most, using our own trauma to critically inform our praxis.
Our moves towards peer-led-everything and a collective organizational structure is a part of this plan of action, and through this we want to continue to rebuild and redefine all of our programs and services to consistently center the most marginalized among us.
We recognize that we are coerced to work in modern society. We seek to end systemic oppression while acknowledging that we function in a harmful system.
Treating the colonized culture is not something that a traditional treatment plan addresses, so using a gaze of Color and Transness will help us pave the way of a new era, and help us capably move with understanding to guide our community to a better future.
We substitute all individualistic and selfish lines of thought by dispelling the myth that luxury is limited to a select few, financially rich, individuals by centering community wealth ideology.
“Why wouldn’t you be depressed in a country that systematically harms you and your community? Let’s not forget to ‘treat’ structural conditions, such as cissexism, racism, and capitalism, that aggravate mental health outcomes for BIQTPOC. ”
— Ryan Kim Tiêu Cītlali, Director of Mental Health
We work to end systematic oppression and pathologization of Transgender people and racism while centering the wellness of Queer and Transgender People of Color (QTPOC). We acknowledge that we function and have only functioned within oppressive systems. We will interrogate these systems in order to build a community centered ideology to provide prosperity in every way for our community members.
what we do
We are a Trans/PoC led 501 C-3 grassroots nonprofit with a staff of 12. We provide programs, trainings, and direct services that center Queer and Transgender People of Color (QTPOC).
We offer low to no cost therapy through our student intern counseling program. Our trans-centered healthcare services include our hormone clinic, needle exchange program, PrEP prescriptions and HIV/STD healthcare, and harm reduction services. Our student intern advocacy program provides Trans people with legal name + gender change assistance, primary medical care provider guidance and many more odds and ends. We provide training and education on gender identity, mobilization, and education for the friends and family of Trans people. For the local unhoused community, we offer a Trans-centered place of respite that at the present time is solely offering referral assistance and bagged lunches, but once we resume all services, will provide on-site resting and dialogue spaces, gaming nights and other supportive services.
In April of 2020 we began working with faciltators Cecilia Gentili and Cyd Nova of Trans Equity Consulting (TEC) on our vision, mission, and organizational structure. These important excercises were intially scheduled as a retreat between GHC and TEC staffs to work together, however due to the Covid-19 pandemic we met together virtually over the course of a few months instead.
We are grateful to Cecilia, Cyd and TEC for guiding us through a decision we voted on unanimously as staff: We decided to be a non profit with a collective decision making stucture.
In an effort to further mirror our community and to fight against systems of oppression, we will no longer mimic those structures that seek to devalue and dehumanize us. This is why we collectivized and chose to reject the norms of the non-profit industrial complex.
This means that we are making all decisions as an organization collectively. We have no hierarchies and no one position has decision making power over another. We will no longer have a traditional executive director. We will have equity between staff, departments, and our board. Our goal is to eventually have every employee at the organization paid the same living wage.
We are currently working on updating our By-laws and developing our board and writing the specifics of our organizational structure.
What is a collective structure?
A reflection of us and our community
A democratic work space
Shared space and the ability to work together
Offering autonomy with idea of group decision making
Giving everyone a shared amount of power in their voice
Working towards an ambition set by the entire group
A focus on the whole rather than the individual
The Community (QTPOC) takes precedence
Decentralized decision making
What are our ongoing collective goals?
A new building for our center
Board development and having a board that looks like our community
Being more intentional about restorative justice in our endeavors
Sustainable services for GHC as an organization and for the community
Decolonizing our own services
Transparency with the community