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Lacey Lynch

Director of Operations

As a native New Yorker who established roots in the South, Lacey saw first-hand how important obtaining proper identity documents is to the livelihood and overall well-being of the TGNCI community. Aware of the many social, medical, economic and legal issuethat challenge and oppress our TGNCI communities, Lacey is excited to join the SRLP Team and Core Collective as Director of Operations. Lacey is a seasoned hospitality professional with over 10 years’ experience with companies such as Marriott, IHG and Carlson. Lacey’s work has focused on brand service culture, operations, team building, event planning and sales/marketing. Always seeking to serve, Lacey recently finished volunteering as Director of Community Engagement for Transcend Legal to help the TGNCI community obtain legal services in New York State. She has also volunteered within her immediate community with organizations such as TLDEF, PFLAG, HRC and Rotary International. Lacey is excited to be help further the mission of SRLP and the work that our elders of Stonewall jump started in 1969.

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    Joss Greene

    Joss Greene is an educator and grad student who volunteers with organizations in NYC and the Bay Area.  He is passionate about skill sharing, moving resources to trans people of color leaders doing the work, and learning from our elders.  He’s invested in the longterm fight for a world where all trans people can live safe, full, beautiful lives.

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      Lorenzo Van Ness

      Lorenzo Van Ness is a native New Yorker who has been working within QTPOC communities in NYC since 2006. While they currently work for the NYC Commission on Human Rights, they have worked to educate New Yorkers of their rights and increase access to the city’s resources as a tenant advocate and paralegal. Lorenzo is passionate about language access, LGBTQ rights and racial justice.  In thier spare time, Lorenzo enjoys learning, writing, bike riding and karaoke.


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        Kyle Rapiñan

        Director of Survival and Self-Determination

        Kyle Rapiñan is a Staff Attorney and Director of the Survival and Self-Determination Project with the Sylvia Rivera Law Project. Kyle has been working with SRLP since 2014 as a legal intern, volunteer, consultant, legal advocate, and friend. Prior to joining SRLP, this mixed race organizer gained experience working with the community at Legal Aid Society Criminal Defense Practice-Bronx, Peter Cicchino Youth Project of the Urban Justice Center, SRLP, and the Legal Aid Society-Parole Revocation Defense Project. Kyle is a graduate of Northeastern University School of Law with a clinical focus on criminal defense and parole matters. Kyle has experience in queer & trans youth organizing, and building a responsive collective process. Fully a believer in racial, trans, and economic justice, Kyle dreams of a world that affirms all of our identities, without any hurdles for low income folks, and a world that empowers rather than divides.

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        Maxwell Scales

        Director of Development and Finance

        Maxwell Scales is a longtime SRLP supporter and volunteer who currently serves as the Director of Development, overseeing our institutional funding and daily financial operations. Born and raised in the South, Max has been living/learning/working in NYC for over 15 years. Max has a decade of experience as a professional fundraiser; prior to joining the SRLP staff, he did development work at Lambda Legal, the Brennan Center for Justice, and the Gay and Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation (GLAAD), focusing on events, planned giving, direct mail, and major gifts. He is a Certified Non-Profit Accounting Professional. Max is into intersectional lenses, wealth redistribution, and spreadsheet shortcuts.

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        Miasha Forbes

        Miasha Forbes is a Human Rights Activist, Community Leader, Motivationalist, and Writer. She is the founder and Executive Director of Just For Us: Gender Diversity Project, a not-for-profit advocacy and aid organization for people who are transgender, intersex, and gender nonconforming. Miasha is a core collective member and board member at the Sylvia Rivera Law Project (SRLP), a legal aid organization based in New York City that provides social, health, and legal services for low-income people and people of color who are transgender, intersex, or gender nonconforming. She also lends her time to other various LGBT community based organizations throughout the city of New York, and is a tireless advocate of HIV/AIDS awareness and prevention. Preferred Gender Pronouns: she/her/Miasha (Me-Sha)

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          Lucas Cuellar

          Lucas is a transgender queer bi-racial latino man, originally from Maine, who now goes to CUNY School of Law in Long Island City, Queens. Lucas got involved in the work of SRLP as a legal intern during the summer of 2012, a personal dream of his since 2001. He is excited to now be on the SRLP board and continue his involvement with SRLP. When not doing law school work, Lucas plays guitar, ukelele and piano (if he can find one), spends as much time as possible outside, and reads mystery stories.

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            Helen Stillman

            Helen Stillman is based in Brooklyn, with part of her heart residing in her hometown of Seattle. Before moving to New York, Helen worked with LGBTQ youth in Washington State and central Appalachia. Helen is the Donor Program Director at North Star Fund, a community fund supporting grassroots organizing in New York City. She has been a member of SRLP’s Fundraising and Finance Team since 2011.

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