Trans Health Care: What You Need to Know

In New York State, coverage for transgender-specific health care is specifically excluded by Medicaid regulations. The impact on low income trans people and trans people of color is dramatic.  SRLP has put together a number of resources documenting this impact.


Victoria en la lucha por el acceso a los beneficios publicos para las comunidades Transgero!

  ¡Después de años de presión de la comunidad general para poner fin a la discriminación contra las personas transgénero intentar acceder a los beneficios públicos en Nueva York, estamos encantados de anunciar que la Administración de Recursos Humanos (HRA) ha adoptado nuevos procedimientos para trabajar con l@s transexuales y l@s clientes no conformes al género! Read more »


Victory in fight for access to benefits for trans communities!

After years of widespread community pressure to end discrimination against transgender people trying to access public benefits in NYC, we are thrilled to announce that the Human Resources Administration (HRA) has adopted new procedures for working with transgender and gender nonconforming clients!  To learn more about the procedures, please see our fact sheet. Read more »

National Commission on Correctional Health Care adopts policy on Transgender Health Care in Correctional Settings

The Sylvia Rivera Law Project, together with several other legal and medical organizations and individuals, including the TGI Justice Project, Lambda Legal, the National Center for Lesbian Rights, and Lori Kohler of the Correctional Medicine Consultation Network, worked closely with the National Commission on Correctional Health Care (NCCHC) to support the adoption of an official position sta Read more »

SRLP Publication

Tus Derechos al Cuidado de Salud: Juventud

La Juventud Trans en la ciudad de Nueva York

El Derecho A La Asistencia Médica De Emergencia • Discriminación En El Cuidado De Salud De Personas Transgenero • Discriminación del VIH en cuidado de salud • Los Derechos De La Juventud A Consentimiento De Servicios De Salud • Reclusión Y Tratamiento De Salud Mental Involuntario • El Derecho Al Cuidado Adecuado Read more »

SRLP Publication

Qué hacer sobre la discriminación en el Cuidado de Salud

Si usted piensa que han discriminado en su contra, he aquí algunas cosas que usted puede hacer para proteger sus derechos. Read more »

SRLP in the Press

Prisons as a Tool for Reproductive Oppression: Cross-Movement Strategies for Gender Justice

Remarks of Gabriel Arkles from Sylvia Rivera Law Project on panel at CR10
September 27, 2008

Whether they are about healthcare, placement, showers, or any number of other issues, prison policies and practices for trans, intersex, and gender nonconforming people are never about promoting anyone’s safety, health, dignity, well-being, or self-determination. Rather, they serve other interests, including maintenance of a patriarchal gender binary system and white supremacy. One of the ways that they do this is through limiting or destroying the reproductive potential of transgender people and other people in prison.

Unraveling Injustice: Race and Class Impact of Medicaid Exclusions of Transition-Related Health Care for Transgender People
BY POOJA S. GEHI, GABRIEL ARKLES. SEXUALITY RESEARCH & SOCIAL POLICY. (DEC 07: 4,4) In this article, the authors analyze the contradiction between the medicalization of trans experience(s) and government’s refusal to recognize the legitimacy and necessity of trans health care. The authors examine the social, economic, legal, political, medical, and mental health impact of these policies on low-income trans communities, paying particular attention to the disproportionate impact on communities of color. The authors conclude with recommendations for legal and health care systems to improve access to transition-related health care for low-income trans people.

A Human Rights Investigation in the Medical "Normalization" of Intersex People
(from the preface) "On May 27, 2004, the San Francisco Human Rights Commission held a public hearing to investigate the issue of "normalizing" medical interventions being performed on intersex infants and children. The public hearing and this report resulted from requests from people with intersex anatomies for the Commission to explore the question of unwanted, "normalizing" interventions performed on children born with "ambiguous genitalia." Specifically, the Commission became concerned that homophobia, transphobia, and heterosexism were strong social forces that contributed to the decision-making process for assigning sex and gender to intersex children through "normalizing" genital surgeries and sex hormone treatments."

SRLP Publication

Your Healthcare Rights: Youth

Healthcare Rights of Trans Youth in New York City In this brochure: • Right to Emergency Medical Care • Transgender Healthcare Discrimination • HIV Healthcare Discrimination • Rights of Youth to Consent to Healthcare • Commitment and Involuntary Mental Health Treatment • The Right to Adequate Care