Who and what is GLADT?
GLADT is a non-profit organization based in Berlin and is an independent, self-organized group of lesbians, gay men, bisexuals and trans people (LGBTT) with a family link to Turkey. In addition to people with a Turkish or Kurdish background, many people with other backgrounds (like Iranian or former Yugoslavian, Arab or Greek) take advantage of what GLADT has to offer. We offer counseling and support services in English, while most of our outreach literature is in German or Turkish. All services are available to the general public, regardless of ethnic background, religion, nationality, sexual orientation or gender identity.
GLADT maintains a counseling center that focuses on issues such as coming out, family, laws dealing with non-citizens and civil partnerships, addiction, health, violence, and discrimination. We also offer support services that assist people in their relationships with governmental agencies. If you need help filling out official forms or would like to be accompanied to a doctor, agencies or government authorities or need support in dealing with them, please make an appointment and we will be happy to help you. The office languages at GLADT are German, Turkish and English. In addition, we can offer counseling and support services in many other languages with prior arrangement.
In addition to its counseling services, GLADT is active in social work for youth. Together with education experts from schools and social work projects for youth and hard to reach groups, GLADT developed the project Emancipatory Social Work with Young Men, which provides building blocks for pedagogical work on the topics of gender roles/sexism/transphobia and sexual orientation/homophobia. GLADT also offers adult education workshops on topics such as migration, racism, diversity and anti-discrimination.
The organization is also politically active and is involved at many levels to work against racism, sexism, transphobia and homophobia and as other kinds of discrimination. In addition to its wide range of experience, knowledge and capabilities, GLADT is has theoretical and practical expertise in the areas of racism, sexism, transphobia and homophobia as well as the ways these forms of discrimination intersect andoverlap—not just in Berlin or Germany, but also in international contexts.
When was GLADT founded?
The group began meeting in 1997 and has been a registered non-profit organization since 2003.
What are the goals of GLADT?
- Social emancipation without preferences or prejudices for any particular group;
- To understand and deal with different kinds of inequality and discrimination without putting them into a hierarchy;
- An increase in the visibility for LSBTT migrants and other people of color and the establishment of role models for them;
How many members does GLADT have?
GLADT has about 100 members, with about equal numbers of (trans and non-trans) women and (trans and non-trans) men. Most of the members are lesbian (about 40%) or gay (around 40%), and about 20% are heterosexual.
Most of the members are of Turkish or Kurdish origin, but GLADT also has (among others) Arab, Iranian, US American, Swedish, Cameroonian, Greek, and Indian members. Most of them were born in Germany, some have recently immigrated. All who support the goals of the organization can become members, regardless of their nationality, origin, gender identity or sexual orientation.
What kinds of things does GLADT offer?
(Most of GLADT’s offerings are provided in German and Turkish, but we have English-speaking staff and offer counseling in English. So please don’t hesitate to contact us for assistance in English and other languages!)
- Counseling in many areas (coming out, family, laws dealing with non-citizens and civil partnerships, addiction, health, violence, discrimination and others);
- Referral to competent lawyers, psychologists, and doctors;
- Support in dealing with and accompaniment to government authorities (Foreigners Department, Civil Registry Office, Job Center, etc.)
- Help with filling out forms, writing letters and any other bureaucratic odds and ends;
- Social work for youth.
What are the cultural activities at GLADT?
- Theatrical performances;
- Library with holdings on migration, gender and sexuality;
- Extensive archive on topics related to LGBTT people with links to Turkey.
What are the political activities that GLADT is engaged in?
- Engagement against racism, sexism, transphobia and homophobia at various local, national and international levels;
- Adult education on migration, racism, transphobia and homophobia;
- Contact point for journalists, researchers and politicians.
Which networks does GLADT belong to?
- Migrationsrat Berlin-Brandenburg (an umbrella organisaton of immigrant, Black and Jewish organisations);
- Anti-discrimination Network Berlin;
- Queer youth welfare;
- Transgender Network Berlin;
- HIV prevention/education with migrants;
- Other international networks and contacts with LGBTT organizations in Berlin Germany, Europe and Turkey.
How does GLADT function? What is its structure?
The members meet at least once a year and vote for the Board of Directors, who oversee and steer the organization. The Board appoints an executive who is responsible for the day to day operations of the organization. In addition, there are various committees, projects, courses, seminars, workshops, and other activities that members participate in. Most of GLADT’s offerings are open to people who are not members. Sometimes members receive discounts on events that have a fee.
Who supports GLADT?
Our organization is supported by volunteer work, membership fees and donations. Individual projects are funded by outside sources. For example, the counseling services are financed by the Berlin Office for Antidiscrimination and the project Emancipatory Social Work with Young Men was financed by the Berlin Commissioner for Integration and Migration.
How can I support GLADT?
Possible support possibilities are listed in the rubrik "Fördermöglichkeiten" on the left side of this page… (the linked page is in German)