The Movement Building Team (MBT) at the Sylvia Rivera Law Project has been busy the last few months working to advocate for the rights of trans, gender non-conforming, and intersex (TGNCI) people!
On April 27, 2017, trans and gender non-conforming (TGNC) community members, partners, and allies came together at GMHC to address the needs of the TGNC community.
The Sylvia Rivera Law Project (SRLP) stands against the use of the federal hate crimes law to extend the sentencing of Joshua Vallum for his horrific murder of 17-year-old Mercedes Williamson on the basis of her gender. On May 15, 2017, federal hate crimes laws specific to gender identity were used for the first time to increase an individual’s prison sentence.
In Vocativ, SRLP’s Director of Survival and Self-Determination Kyle Rapiñan comments on Nevada’s new name change bill, which does not not force trans people to publicize their legal name changes in a newspaper.
I believe that we will win. I believe that we will continue to resist. We say it loud. We say it in whispers. We say it in the way we shout trans liberation in the streets. We say it in the way we move. We say it in the way we practice hope. We say it when we write to our loved ones and comrades behind the wall. We say in our daily commitment to the dream of a world without prisons, detentions, and walls. We say it as we show up for each other in our words and actions.
Members of the Sylvia Rivera Law Project are getting ready to join thousands of New Yorkers in the push to end the use of isolated confinement in New York State prisons.