It’s been an exciting year for the Sylvia Rivera Law Project! Our Prisoner Advisory Committee, made up of transgender people in prison, collaborated with SRLP staff and volunteers to launch Blogging from the Inside: Writings by Transgender People in Prison. In collaboration with partner organizations, we also launched a public education, media, and organizing campaign to win safe and affordable healthcare for low-income transgender New Yorkers. The pressure is building and the time is now!
SRLP also continued to provide free, respectful, and affirming legal services, advice, and referrals to over 380 community members. We provided 30 trainings and speaking engagements across the country, reaching over 2,000 service providers, attorneys, judges, students, and activists to reduce discrimination and violence. We offered 10 community building events for over 200 community members to self-advocate and share skills. Working with SRLP members and allied organizations, we also won victories protecting the rights of transgender prisoners and immigrants.
During this time, we also witnessed an unprecedented increase in transgender representation in the media. Chelsea Manning, the former U.S. Army intelligence analyst who was convicted of leaking military information, and Laverne Cox, who plays a transgender character on Netflix’s critically acclaimed series, Orange is the New Black, have pushed the public’s attention to issues impacting transgender people, particularly transgender people in prison.
But our work is far from over. We are still fighting to survive, to build trans resistance, and to push LGBT movements to centers the issues that disproportionately affect low-income trans people and trans people of color, and we need you to keep it going. Donate today at http://srlp.org/donate. Thank you for joining us in this struggle to end systemic poverty, racism, and transphobia whie we build our community’s strength, leadership, and resistance.
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