Ceyenne Doroshow didn’t think about owning a home until she was forced into homelessness in the early 1990s.
With no shelter services offered specifically to trans people, Doroshow eventually found herself living on the streets of New York City. She then embarked on a 30-year journey to advocate for the rights of trans people, eventually founding Gays and Lesbians Living in a Transgender Society.
Now, with its purchase of a 12-unit building in Woodhaven, GLITS plans to offer housing to low-income trans and queer people. It’s thought to be the first residential building in the city to be bought by a Black, trans-led organization—and the first with the specific aim of providing affordable housing to Black and brown trans people.