Date(s) - 31/05/2020
3:00 pm - 6:00 pm
2014 Monongahela Ave
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Join us as we celebrate our grand re-opening at SisTers PGH Community Center.
SisTers PGH is a transLED, transgender community center, that provides supportive services, shelter and housing for the trans and non binary communities of Pittsburgh, PA. SisTers PGH, also offers outreach, trans inclusion training, advocacy, and People’s Pride PGH while offering opportunities for our trans communities too thrive instead of survive.
A primary function of SisTers PGH is to amplify the voices of trans people within conversations around housing access, art, city/state leadership, mental health support, medical care, employment opportunities, and education..
We have learned via lived experience, that transgender leadership amplifies our ability to serve our communities in capacities that are truly effective and influential. In the words of Tarana Burke “Victims know what they need; give them the resources to do it.” Having Trans leaders provides a voice that can garner the creation of inclusionary change within cisgender dominant spaces.
SisTers Community Center will function as a safe and brave space for our trans and nonbinary community members of Pittsburgh. Those seeking daytime respite from homelessness and/or needing supportive services like food, clothing, toiletries, tutoring/GED Prep, Name Change services, employment, medical or mental health referrals, case management, housing, and rent/utility support.
Bimonthly Groups will also be held for the trans communities with topics that vary into mental health, safety, gender, sexual health, drug addiction, leadership, race, housing and healing, just to name a few.
Sisters PGH is also the only TRANSled and directed census hub in Allegheny County ❤️🌈
More SisTers History & Info:
In 2017, sisTers organized and hosted People’s Pride 2k17; a march to demand greater recognition of the struggles of black, brown, and trans people within the broader TLGBQ+ community. In a matter of weeks, we brought thousands of people together to celebrate the importance of our trans-POC forebears and to demand more attention to the inequality and oppression still facing queer and trans people like environmental disparities in today’s society. We continued People’s Pride PGH Annually and are now embarking on People’s Pride PGH 2020 – Breaking The Cistem – JOIN US!!
Since then, sisTers has co-sponsored marches against several insidious practices; from white supremacists protesting Google, to the Westboro Baptist Church lambasting our population on multiple college campuses. Through these community events, we have claimed space in the conversations driving Pittsburgh’s progression forward and established our place as integral voices in the community. In 2018, we launched cultural competency training for organizations and service providers across the city. By developing a curriculum driven toward providing services for black, brown, and trans people, we hope to make the city’s existing infrastructure more humane and approachable for these vulnerable populations. Furthermore, with the help of funding from our Small and Mighty grant, graciously provided by the Pittsburgh Foundation, we will offer a series of workshops for our clients on topics surrounding employment, affordable healthcare, and education. This will provide tools that allow the population we serve to flourish and begin demarginalization.
Finally, sisTers has begun the long planning process to offer affordable housing. To do so, we have been building relationships with local and national organizations, while attending conferences that will offer us vital organizational wisdom as we build a sustainable housing initiative for trans and nonbinary people. We have already visited Youth BreakOUT! in New Orleans (a trans youth community center), sent board members to the Philadelphia Trans Health Conference, Visited the Alley Forney Center in New York City, and The Ruth Ellis Center in Detroit Michigan.
Thanks to the leadership of founder/director Ciora Thomas, we now also have a voice within city and state government offices as Ms. Thomas is the President of the Lgbtqia+ Advisory Council of Pittsburgh and the only black transwoman appointed by Governor Tom Wolf to sit on the country and even nations first state Commission on LGBT Affairs. https://www.governor.pa.gov/about/pennsylvania-commission-lgbtq-affairs/
The partnerships, connections and knowledge we have gained, as we continue to research and execute our mission, will allow us to consciously and effectively support the variety of services we offer.
Youth: As they saying goes, “The children are our future.” Creating a safe environment for black, brown, and young trans people is vital to our mission. While love exists within these communities, decades of archaic ideology, stigmas, and taboo still remain. In order to generate safe spaces for the aforementioned groups, we have to expand and push for inclusivity in all of the spaces our people will navigate. Only education and action can create these spaces.
Although we fight on behalf of all of these groups, our trans people are facing some of the harshest circumstances. Through our efforts, we hope to reduce the amount of trans youth that “come out,” only to end up homeless, violently assaulted, or forced into survival sex work. Our trans youth are struggling; they do not receive the same resources, compassion, or opportunities as their cishet counterparts.
Furthermore, a trans young person of color is statistically more likely to be assaulted or murderer than many other marginalized groups. The need is dire, and we cannot wait to pull these young trans people back from the brink. With the guidance and experience of our organization’s leaders, we hope to engage and uplift our trans youth through direct action and opportunity. While we work tirelessly to try and eradicate these issues, we know that even when we are gone, the work will go on. This is why creating a youth platform to cultivate new ideas, and to usher in a new generation of activist, is imperative. By creating educational workshops, dialogues, and programs where our black, brown, and trans youth can work together to brainstorm our toughest issues, we hope that these interactions will lead them to think about how their intersections affect one another, and how we can bridge the gaps that have been created by decades of vitriolic rhetoric, which only exist to keep our communities divided.