Today, GLADT is an organization of Black Queers and Queers of Color with and without their own history of immigration. The association has a long and diverse history, which began in the late 90s and initiated and conducted many discussions on “Queer” and “of color” in Berlin.
In many German cities, there were already in the mid-80s individuals, groups and networks of black and/or immigrants who dealt with issues of feminism, as well as equal rights for lesbians and gays, and later on, for trans* and inter* people.
From the Berlin Türkgay group, which was formed at the end of the 90s, the association GLADT was developed up until the year of 2003, leading discussions about gender(identity) as well as racism and nationalism, even before its foundation. It was by no means clear that a group of Turkish gay men was sensitized to internal diversity – what did it mean to be a woman*, a trans* person or a Kurdish person? Was the group really “open” to everyone, as they claimed? It was also argued whether the emerging association should comment on religious issues – the 9/11 attacks on the year of 2001 followed by the rapidly rising of anti-Muslim racism made it necessary to put “intersectionality” into practice even before the term had reached the Federal Republic and its universities. In this way, the term “queer” also came to us faster than for others.
Many more discussions, workshops, and networking followed, placing GLADT at the intersection of the fighting against racism, homophobia, transphobia, sexism and other forms of discrimination, making it into a major player in Berlin – and beyond. The uncomfortable role of standing between exclusions in the dominant society and exclusions, for example, from the communities of immigrants, has been turned into resources. The founding of the Immigration Council of Berlin, at the time the only nationwide confederation of immigrant organizations (2004), the symposium “Homophobia in an Immigration Society” (2008), as well as the participation in the initiatives of the State of Berlin for the promotion of sexual and gender diversity, or the Immigration Council’s “Round Table Against Homophobia”, the project “Non-discriminatory Scenes for All”, where racism, sexism, transphobia, and ableism in the Queer context have been and are still being worked on, have made GLADT into a link within debates in the majority society, in the Queer scenes and in the communities of Immigrants, black and people of color.