Project Gila: Guiding Principles
Project Gila is the movement for transgender empowerment in Israel. It began in 2011 from within the transgender community and for its benefit. Gila is a group of activists working to better the living conditions of the non-gender-conforming community. Gila emphasizes self-empowerment, the exercise of legal rights, and access to resources and opportunities.
Gila advocates for the authentic expression of gender identity for all, regardless of one’s economic situation, medical status, ethnicity, or religion, and seeks to protect members of the transgendered community from harassment, discrimination, and violence. We provide individual assistance for community members who need support. In addition, we advocate broader social and institutional change for transgendered people, with the understanding that the state has a central role in regulating gender norms.
Gila sees the transgender community as a common human chain whose strength and resilience is measured by its weakest chain. We focus on offering solutions to help the most disadvantaged sections of our community and work to strengthen these parts, which include the poor, homeless, trans women forced into prostitution, and transgender youth.
At the same time, we are aware that gender oppression is not the only force operating against members of the non-gender-conforming community. We recognize the various complexities and difficulties that may simultaneously oppress community members, such as trans people who are or are disabled.
Project Gila believes that providing assistance and protection to the most disadvantaged among us creates benefits for the entire community, and incites change in the social order that oppresses us all.
The project currently includes several areas:
The Legal team – we seek to help individuals by providing advice and legal assistance. The legal team advises individuals with work or rental contracts, and assists individuals in managing debts, filing legal claims, and more.
The Housing team – we seek to assist individuals in finding an apartment by helping apartment hunt online or accompanying individuals in apartment viewings. In addition, we can help find temporary accommodation by reaching out to our community to help host individuals for different periods of time.
The Social team – we run a care&support program that let people from the community volunteer to provide support and a company to others from the community. We also assist transgender people in navigating the social welfare bureaucracy by providing help with completing required forms and meeting eligibility criteria.
For assistance in one of the areas listed above, please fill out a contact form, or come to the Albi Café, located at Ha-Gdud Ha-Ivri 8 St. in Tel Aviv during our working hours, between 7 and 9 PM, every Monday. For an appointment, please call 058-688-0797