We approach the health and rights crises faced by transgender sex workers holistically using harm reduction, human rights principles, economic and social justice, along with a commitment to empowerment and pride in finding solutions from our own community.
The first issue we address is that of immediate need/crisis support for transgender sex workers, including community members from the Central Florida area. We do this by organizing a variety of weekly events to encourage community engagement and foster learning opportunities. We prioritize health and safety through the formation of partnerships and collaborations with other organizations in Central Florida that serve the needs of trans people and recognize the need for sex work positive health care.
The next issue we address is health care and health resilience for transgender sex workers. Our community is hypermarginalized and has a profound need for safe sex supplies and free/low cost healthcare to address both trans specific and holistic needs.
We currently work on opening drop in centers and access to emergency housing with a path to permanent housing since so many in our LIPS community are without stable housing, deepening the cycle of disenfranchisement, discrimination and stigma..
LIPS Tampa also advocates and educates to ensure the inclusion of transgender people in our society when creating programs and policies that affect our lives, and to address the criminalization of trans people because of anti-prostitution/anti-sex work and outdated HIV laws.
We believe all trans people of color can embrace who they are,
can define their future, and can change the world.
We are here to serve the needs of trans sex workers, particularly trans sex workers of color, and provide access to basic human needs such as ood, safe transportation and housing, gender affirmative healthcare, access to low cost mental health and substance abuse services and to build a sense of community throughout Central Florida.
Our vision for trans sex workers of color is to demonstrate and connect them to the things they need - not just to survive in a world where they face daily challenges just to exsist - but to thrive.