About us

GLADT e.V. – independent, multilingual, queer

 

GLADT is an organization of black and PoC lesbians, gays, bisexuals, Trans*, Inter* and queers in Berlin. We are involved on different levels against racism, sexism, trans- and homophobia, ableism, and other forms of discrimination. A special focus of our work is on the topics of multiple discrimination and intersectionality, meaning the overlap and interactions of different forms of discrimination and their specific resulting experiences. The following terms describe GLADT and our work best:

 

Empowerment
Self and mutual strengthening; Appreciation and acceptance; The building of networks and collective enforcement of political interests; Gaining and increasing the ability to act, dealing actively with problems; Promotion of solidary forms of self-determination, self-organization, and self-help.
Politic
We are interested in society – especially for positions and experiences of people who do not belong to the dominant culture; We intervene in queer politics and patriarchy- and racism-critical discourses; We focus on the perspectives of Black LGBTIQ and LGBTIQ of Color – also on the points of intersection to other forms of discrimination; We are solidary on an international level with self-organized groups, which campaign for more discrimination awareness.
Positioned
We position ourselves clearly on the side of people who are discriminated against; We position ourselves with people who want to act against discrimination; We position ourselves for reflection processes; We position ourselves as authority- and social-critical.
Supportive
We assist with the support to self-help and self-empowerment; We help to develop strategies when dealing with various life situations; We offer psychosocial support, towards influences from the social environment, which can express themselves for example, in the form of stress and overburdening, pressure or exclusion; We help with practical steps in Berlin when it comes to orienting yourself in the city and finding your way around a wide variety of (supply and support) systems.
Independent
GLADT is not connected to political, ideological or religious parties. The association works independently of the state or other bodies, the contents of its work are determined by its members. In order to achieve our goals, we work together in networks with initiatives, organizations, counseling centers, projects, and individuals – for example, we are members of the Migration Council Berlin [LINK] and the Turkish Confederation in Berlin-Brandenburg [LINK].
Multilingual
Our members and our team of employees have different origins and qualifications themselves so that we can provide offers such as consultation in several languages. These include Turkish, Arabic, English, Farsi, French, Hebrew, Urdu and Punjabi. If necessary, we can also offer translation into other languages.
Queer
We are lesbian, we are gay, we are trans*, we are bisexual, we are pansexual, we are inter*. We live queer – many of us are out and proud – others are not. Every day we have different coming outs … but there is no pressure from GLADT to live a specific identity model or to use a specific tag for one’s own lifestyle. Our understanding of “queer” allows the merging of diverse gender identities and sexual orientations and their overlap with origins, languages, skin colors, religious and philosophical beliefs, disabilities, chronic illnesses, ages, class relations, eating habits