After much visioning, input from our community and work the Audre Lorde Project (ALP) is proud to announce its newest program, 3rd Space Support. The 3rd Space Support program seeks to work with Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Two-Spirit, Trans and Gender Non-Conforming People of Color (LGBTSTGNC POC) who struggle with issues around employment, education, health care and immigration status. It is a place to give and receive sustainable support; where creation, invention and innovation will be practiced. We will draw from our resilience to support ourselves.
Within this 3rd Space we hold on to the idea that LGBTSTGNC POC communities have always found ways to support each other and survive outside of systems. The 3rd Space Support program hopes to encourage and create space for these organic methods of community support and community building around employment, education, health care and immigration status to continue.
At the same time, ALP acknowledges that LGBTSTGNC POC community members also engage within systems to find support and get their needs met. Therefore, ALP will also engage with these systems to provide advocacy, resources and referrals for community members around the issues, employment, education, health care and immigration status.
As this first year of 3rd Space Support unfolds, we encourage you to get involved. We encourage you to attend and suggest 3rd Space programming. We encourage you to take care of yourselves and each other.
“We are powerful because we have survived, and that is what it is all about -- survival and growth." ~ Audre Lorde
How can I get involved with the 3rd Space Support program?
Join the Support Circle! We’re looking for folks who are providers of: Legal Services,Counseling/Therapy Services, Employment Services, Holistic Health/Wellness Services to provide pro bono or sliding scale services to ALP community members.
Join the ALP Response Team! We’re looking for folks to support ALP community members who are dealing with the system. As a part of the Response Team you will: do intakes, provide one-on-one advocacy, suggest resources and referrals and support to LGBTSTGNC POC folks who are struggling with issues of employment, education, health care and immigration status.
Share your skills! How do you survive on a day-to-day basis as an LGBTSTGNC POC person in New York? Do you have tips and tricks on how to keep yourself healthy or get health care, work around immigration issues, get a job, go back to school? Share you knowledge and skills with other who need to know!
Look out for an announcement for when 3rd Space Support will be ready to address requests for support. Coming soon!
Contact 3rd Space Support: Gina George @ 212-463-0342, ext. 16