Agency At A Glance

Organization at a Glance


GRIOT Circle is a community-based, multigenerational organization serving LGBTQ elders of color.  Our mission is to respond to and eliminate all forms of oppression, including ageism, racism, sexism, misogyny, transphobia, homophobia, poverty, xenophobia, and their intersections. We achieve this by providing health, wellness, advocacy, and leadership activities to remove isolation and fear, build community, as well as honor racial and ethnic traditions.



GRIOT (Gay Reunion In Our Time) Circle was founded as an informal gathering of elders and was officially recognized as a nonprofit 501(c) (3) in 1996. GRIOT Circle remains the only organization exclusively dedicated to serving the needs of elder LGBTQ people of color.


Key Demographics

GRIOT currently has over 450 registered members over the age of 50. Sixty percent (60%) of GRIOT members reside in Brooklyn, New York communities, - East New York, Crown Heights, Bedford-Stuyvesant, Fort Greene, Flatbush, and Red Hook, with 40% residing in Harlem, Queens, and the Bronx

  • Nearly all our members are from modest-to-low income households; more than 50% are retired; and about 90% identify as black, African American or Caribbean American.
  • Approximately 70% of members are female, and 30% male, with a growing TGNC population.


Core Programs and Services

  • Health, Wellness and Educational Activities
  • Mental Health Services
  • Leadership Development & Volunteer
  • Buddy 2 Buddy (Peer Caregiver Program)
  • Nutrition and Lunch Program
  • Case Management Services
  • Men, Women and Trans Support Groups


GRIOT Circle is an advocacy and service organization committed to the dignity, well-being, and quality of life of LGBTQ people of color as we age.