Ceyenne Doroshow

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Ceyenne Doroshow (Park Slope, NY) is an author, activist, and the founder and executive director of G.L.I.T.S., an organization dedicated to creating sustainable housing and healthcare for Black transgender people.[1][2][3] Doroshow was described in GQ as "A Godmother of the Black Trans Lives Matter Movement."[4]


In June 2020, Doroshow co-organized the historic Liberation March, a Black Trans Lives Matter silent march in Brooklyn, NY, along with activist Raquel Willis, artist and activist West Dakota, the family of Iyanna Dior, and several black and transgender community organizations including the Marsha P. Johnson Institute, The Okra Project, and Black Trans Femmes in the Arts.[5]

In 2021, Ceyenne was selected as a Grand Marshal for NYC Pride.[6]

G.L.I.T.S. (Gays and Lesbians living in a Transgender Society)[edit]

G.L.I.T.S. (Gays and Lesbians living in a Transgender Society), was founded in 2015 by Doroshow. G.L.I.T.S.'s mission is to provide long-term housing as healthcare for Black trans individuals in need .[2] In an interview with activist Kimberly Drew via MoMA P.S. 1's Instagram page, Doroshow explained, "Creating housing is about saving people's lives. It's about getting them [Black transgender people] to the next step where they can be in their own kitchen ... and say, ‘I am home.'"[2] According to their website, the foundation has facilitated services to educate mainstream healthcare and social service providers in both trans and sex worker rights as well as provide housing for post-incarcerated trans people and people who seek asylum for their sexuality or gender determination.[7][8][9]

In 2020, Doroshow and her team at G.L.I.T.S. bailed LGBTQ inmates out of jails to housed them in safe Airbnb rentals during the COVID-19 pandemic. They also secured rent money and raised enough money to buy a $2 million 12-unit residential building that would be a free safe place for Black trans folks to live. The G.L.I.T.S. House in Queens, N.Y., opened in November.[10]


  1. ^ Walker, Ceyenne Doroshow, as told to Harron (June 17, 2020). "The Black Trans Lives Matter March Was This Year's Pride". Teen Vogue. Retrieved June 23, 2020.
  2. ^ a b c "Ceyenne Doroshow Explains the Importance of Helping Black Trans People Thrive". The Slot. June 14, 2020. Archived from the original on June 25, 2020. Retrieved June 23, 2020.
  3. ^ "NYPL Community Oral History Project | NYC Trans Oral History Project | Ceyenne Doroshow". oralhistory.nypl.org. Archived from the original on June 23, 2020. Retrieved June 23, 2020.
  4. ^ Walker, Harron (August 27, 2020). "The Godmother of the Fight For Black Trans Lives". GQ. Retrieved April 14, 2021.
  5. ^ "Rally for Black trans lives draws enormous crowd in Brooklyn". NBC News. Archived from the original on June 23, 2020. Retrieved June 23, 2020.
  6. ^ "NYC Pride announces grand marshals to lead NYC Pride March". ABC 7 News. May 24, 2021. Archived from the original on May 24, 2021. Retrieved May 24, 2021.
  7. ^ "About". G.L.I.T.S. Archived from the original on June 24, 2020. Retrieved June 23, 2020.
  8. ^ Zimmerman, Amy (April 4, 2018). "Sex Workers Fear for Their Future: How SESTA Is Putting Many Prostitutes in Peril". The Daily Beast. Archived from the original on April 7, 2018. Retrieved June 23, 2020.
  9. ^ "Charlotte Shane at the Sex Workers' Festival of Resistance at MoMA PS1". www.artforum.com. Retrieved June 23, 2020.
  10. ^ "Ceyenne Doroshow on Safe, Affordable, LGBTQ-Centered Housing". Time. Archived from the original on April 16, 2021. Retrieved April 14, 2021.