Staff from Lantern’s Health & Wellness team attended the opening of the Bronx Trans Collective last Friday. The small starter space, a basement that has been donated for one year, is the first of its kind in the borough. It will be open five days a week, and six LGBT organizations will offer services there.
Christina Ortiz, Health & Wellness Coordinator at two of our Bronx sites, was pleased to see a good crowd and strong community support at the ribbon cutting. She says that it’s a resource that the Bronx has needed for a long time, and its great that she can now tell our transgender clients that they have somewhere local to go. Up until now, they have had to travel all the way into Manhattan to get help around accessing essential services such as hormone treatment, name change, information about surgery, and counselling. Beyond services, though, Christina says that its also important that there’s a safe place locally for transgender people to gather, and have the support of the community.
Our congratulations to Bronx Trans Collective on their opening, and we hope to see them stay and grow in the Bronx for many years to come.