Since it was founded to specifically address women’s issues, Iris House has had a long history of addressing the needs of lesbians and bisexual women as part of its ongoing women’s support programs. However, within the last few years, we have broadened our scope of services to provide programs specifically geared toward these populations as well as gay men and the broader LGBT spectrum.
Just for Us - Is a program for African American and Latina Lesbian adolescents ages 13+ and adults who are HIV-negative or positive . The program provides outreach, ongoing education, HIV Counseling, Testing, and Partner Services; STI/HCV Screening, Supportive Counseling, and Referrals to substance use and mental health services are offered by this program.
Listen Up: d-Up. d-Up is a program for African American men ages 18 – 24, and is part of our signature Listen Up / Keep it 100 program, brings men together to discuss issues surrounding healthy living and safe sex. Additionally, it provides a forum for young MSMs and those who identify as gay or bisexual, to learn about HIV and other STDs, monitoring risky behavior and substance use, and providing a safe space to help them develop a better outlook on staying negative. (Nia, d-Up’s counterpart is offered regularly for young heterosexual African American men.)
iZone. This program, which is centered around a drop-in center and informal programs on alternating Thursdays, provides a safe space for young and adolescent gay or bisexual men to have a safe, non-sexualized space to discuss issues of concern to them, connect them to care and provide access to services such as housing, mental health, job assistance and education programs.
Pushing Understanding of Sexuality and HIV (PUSH) Program- Is a program for Black and Latino gay men and youth who are HIV negative or of unknown status through implementation of a Social Network Strategy (SNS). By utilizing the strategy, the aim is to identify and test those men within a certain social network; provide linkage navigation and linkage to care and for referrals to prevention services.
To learn more about any of these programs, please contact Ofelia Barrios, Senior Director of Community Health Initiatives at (212) 423-9049 or firstname.lastname@example.org.