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Speak up against sexual violence at the Board of Corrections hearing

Thank you to those who came out to the membership meeting on Tuesday at the Sylvia Rivera Law Project to prepare for Board of Correction (BOC) hearing! We were so grateful to be able to listen to everyone’s innovative suggestions for making NYC jails safer for trans, gender non-conforming and intersex (TGNCI) folks. If you weren’t able […]

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City Council Requires All Single-Stall Bathrooms to be Gender Neutral

On June 22, 2016, the New York City Council passed a bill mandating that all single-occupant bathrooms in the city become gender neutral! Single-stall bathrooms in NYC should no longer say “men” or “women.” Everyone is required by the end of the year to remove all signs labeling single-occupant bathrooms for single-gendered use. New signage […]

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Birthday Celebration for Sylvia Rivera and Marsha P. Johnson

On July 7th, SRLP supporters, staff, and community members joined together for Happy Birthday, Sylvia and Marsha to celebrate the lives of Sylvia Rivera and Marsha P. Johnson. Organized by SRLP’s Movement Building Team (MBT), the lively event featured dinner, performances, impromptu speeches, an awards ceremony, and, of course, birthday cake.  From Patti Labelle to Madonna, the […]

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HRA Changes Rules for Gender Marker

In May 2016, the New York Human Resources Administration, the city’s benefits and public assistance agency, announced a new policy to make it easier for clients to change their gender in the HRA systems. Surgery is no longer required to change your gender with HRA! The new policy allows individuals to change their gender with only […]

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If You Give a Cop an Ally Cookie…

Since the tragedy in Orlando, police departments have been falling over themselves to proclaim that they are allies to the LGBT community, despite their historic and ongoing role as some of the worst perpetrators of violence against LGBT folks. Pride provided an opportunity for some outlandish displays of “allyship,” such as the NYPD’s introduction of […]

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Meet The SRLP Summer Interns!

Name, Position at SRLP: Carolina Rivas, Summer Intern—Immigration Justice Hometown: Brooklyn, New York Career/Future Career Aspirations: I want to empower queer and trans people of color through legal advocacy, helping them help themselves through framing their narratives and securing immigration relief. Where you’re Studying/Where you studied and what you studied: I am a rising 2L […]

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Another Medicaid Victory!

  Breaking news! Today, a decision was handed down in our federal lawsuit Cruz v. Zucker, providing a major victory to transgender New Yorkers who are Medicaid-eligible. Judge Jed S. Rakoff has ruled that the current Medicaid regulations violate the federal Medicaid Act, which requires state Medicaid programs to provide Medicaid recipients with coverage for medically necessary […]

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TGNCI communities and the effect of US v. Texas

By Anya Morgan and Susan Beaty, SRLP interns   The Sylvia Rivera Law Project is deeply disappointed in the Supreme Court’s decision in United States v. Texas, a case challenging President Obama’s executive actions on immigration. This decision left in place a lower court injunction – meaning a ban or stoppage – against two programs, the […]

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Tell the Department of Health that trans health care must include ALL of us!

As we enter this Pride weekend it is important to remember that many people – in particular transgender women of color – still struggle to meet their basic human needs such as health care. Despite ongoing litigation in Cruz v. Zucker, the NYS DOH continues to suggest amendments to the current regulation that make it harder for […]

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