GMHC is the world’s first AIDS service provider, founded in 1982 as an epidemic began ravaging the gay community. Nearly four decades later, the fight is still far from over. Through the years, the epidemic has transformed, key drivers have shifted, and the community itself has expanded. As a result of newly emerging crises, GMHC remains focused on crafting solutions that set our clients on the path to live long, healthy, and most importantly, dignified lives. Now 38 years into the fight, we acknowledge the strides we have made, honor dedicated leaders in the fight, and work towards a future of ending the epidemic.
GMHC fights to uphold the civil and human rights of all in need. We provide critical services to over 12,000 people annually from New York’s most marginalized communities. 77% live below the Federal Poverty Level, 16% of clients report homelessness at intake, nearly 70% were people of color; over 55% were living with HIV; 80% presented with CDC-defined risk factors for HIV/AIDS; and 76% identified as lesbian, gay, bisexual or transgender. GMHC defends and promotes prevention, secures access to care, and connects people with long-term support services.