The youth program works to support the empowerment and leadership development of queer latinx and black youth through individual coaching, group support, and community engagement. Galaei provides a safe and affirming drop-in every Mon-Thurs from 3-6 p.m. where youth are coached through various issues relating to sexual health, education, employment, conflict resolution, and trauma. Group activities allow queer latin@ youth to strengthen their social support system and facilitate dialogue about how they can make an impact in their community through organizing. In addition to drop in youth are also able to participate in SOY (Support Our Youth), Project YEAH and the annual Philadelphia Alternative Prom.
Galaei provides client-centered, non-judgmental HIV prevention services such as free condoms and lube; free, confidential HIV and STI (sexually transmitted infection) testing, sexual health counseling, same-day linkage to medical care for people diagnosed with HIV; and access to pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP) - the pill that helps prevent HIV. counselors aim to validate individuals' feelings, calm their fears, and provide a holistic service to ensure people can lead healthy and happy lives, regardless of their HIV status.
Trans Equity Project provides peer-based support for trans individuals (trans encompasses any individual who does not identify as cisgender). The program offers sexual health and HIV prevention counseling through the CLEAR program. CLEAR (Choosing Life: Empowerment, Action, Results!) is an evidence-based HIV prevention and health promotion intervention for trans identified persons (ages 16 or older) living with HIV/AIDS or at high risk for HIV. This individual-level intervention uses cognitive-behavioral techniques within a client-centered model to motivate people to change behavior. In addition to CLEAR, the Trans Equity Project provides mentorship with transitioning, help with name changes, legal advocacy, referrals for housing and food, and opportunities to build community to work towards trans justice.
Connecting Latinos En Pareja
Connecting Latinos en Pareja is a community-based HIV prevention and treatment study for men in same-sex relationships and/or men who have ongoing sexual relationships. This study is open for both Latinxs and non-Latinxs and HIV positive and HIV negative individuals. If eligible, participants can earn up to $215 each for participating. The study entails participation in 4 sessions that are 60-90 minutes long. Sessions can be scheduled at your convenience. If interested, call Ariel Ilarraza at (267) 804-6921 or Omar Valentin at (267) 804-5612.
CULTURAL LITERACY TRAININGS
GALAEI offers comprehensive, interactive, educational trainings to increase cultural literacy in working with and providing services to lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer (LGBTQ) individuals. We aim to increase understanding about LGBTQ communities and support an organization’s efforts to provide inclusive and affirming services. With a focus on LGBTQ Latinos and transgender communities, we work to increase knowledge around the intersections of race, class, and gender. Workshops can be tailored to meet the unique needs of any agency.
GALAEI works to cultivate leadership in queer Latin@ communities by empowering and teaching the skills and tools to communities most affected to fight, organize and advocate for themselves. We build collective power and recognize the importance of focused collaboration with other community-based and advocacy organization to build power in our communities as well as solidarity between other marginalized/oppressed peoples. Collectively, we work towards social justice as defined as a healthy community free from homo/transphobia, HIV and HIV-related stigma, racism, sexism, poverty, deportation, and incarceration. Please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org to hear about and get involved in our ongoing campaigns.