As an organization that centers the voices of transgender, gender non-conforming, and intersex (TGNCI) people of color in the fight for liberation, the Sylvia Rivera Law Project holds a deep commitment to the legacies of revolutionaries like Marsha P. Johnson and Sylvia Rivera. For over four years, Reina Gossett served as SRLP’s Director of Membership. She was also one of the inaugural members of SRLP’s Movement Building Team, formed to organize trans people of color to make transformative change.
This week, SRLP is celebrating the effect that our voices and truths can have on the law. In a surprising and important move, the Board of Correction – the oversight and monitoring body for New York City’s jails – issued a harsh resolution and timeline in response to the New York City Department of Correction’s continued refusal to meet certain screening and housing requirements of the federal Prison Rape Elimination Act (PREA) and the City’s own Minimum Standards for the jails.
For more than two years, SRLP has been involved a trans-led coalition with the NYC Anti-Violence Project, the LGBT Center, Make The Road New York, Translatina Network, Gay Men’s Health Crisis (GMHC), The Audre Lorde Project, and the New York City Council to host and organize forums in each of the five boroughs, addressing the needs of trans and gender non-conforming (TGNC) New Yorkers.
Kyle Rapiñan, the Director of Survival and Self-Determination, and legal interns, Milo Inglehart and Heather McLinn, attended the recent HRA roundtable discussion and are pleased to report back on the progress that the Human Resources Administration (HRA) is making to address our community’s needs!
Last December, a federal judge in Texas blocked protections under the Affordable Care Act from going into effect. The rule would have extended anti-discrimination protections, prohibiting private insurance plans and healthcare entities from discrimination against transgender people and their healthcare needs and abortion-related services.
SRLP’s Collective Member Dean Spade talks about Trump’s remarks about trans people in the military on Democracy Now! and the problems with the current debate around trans people in the military.