Luis, Xicano/white queer gay acting FTM:
"I feel like being biracial is similar to my transgender identity, in that being trans is another type of mixed heritage for me. As a biracial transguy committed to HIV prevention within trans communities, I would like to see more representation of mixed race trans people, other trans people of color, and trans people living with HIV in both mainstream transgender organizations and mainstream LGBT organizations. It's my hope that the Gender Identity Project will help to accomplish that goal."
Gender Identity Project (GIP): History
The Gender Identity Project (GIP) acts as a national clearinghouse for trans issues, information and concerns and stands as a model of the first transgender project initiated and fully supported within a Community Center focused on the needs of the greater queer community.
The GIP was conceived in 1989, when Dr. Barbara Warren, then the director of the Center’s Project Connect Alcohol and Drug program, met with several trans-people to discuss their concerns. Barbara responded and began to work with trans-activists Riki Anne Wilchins and Kathy Ottersten to provide a setting where people of transexual experience might be able to gather together and work on issues specific to them.
The GIP was inaugurated with a core volunteer staff including men and women of transexual experience, Yvonne Ritter, Rachel Pollack, Riki Wilchins, Toni Gilligan, Christian O’Neal and Kathy Ottersten.
"Trans" means many things to many people: trans(s)exual, transgender, trans-amorous, trans-man, trans-woman, transfag, transdyke, MTF, FTM, genderqueer, intersex, pre-op, post-op, non-op, drag king, drag queen, gender-neutral, two-spirit, poly-gendered, boi, trans-partner, man, woman…. The list goes on, weaving an infinite web of identities that all come together at the GIP, where our peer-focused services create a unique trans-positive community for transgender, gender-different and gender questioning individuals, their partners and families.
Our helping peers and professionals understand "trans" from the inside out. We combine our own life experiences with practical training to provide you with individual, couples, and group counseling, as well as information and referral services, community forums, and professional education. This distinctive combination of counseling and community building makes the GIP the trans center of New York City - a welcoming place for support, empowerment, and celebration.
The GIP receives funding from a variety of both private and public funding sources.