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Post Statement: May Day 2012

Post Statement: May Day 2012

Union Square, NY – On May 1st, 2012, organizations of the Miss Major/Jay Toole Building on West 24th Street, the Audre Lorde Project, FIERCE, Queers for Economic Justice, Streetwise and Safe, and the Sylvia Rivera Law Project, came together to commemorate May Day, or International Labor Day. Read more »

Flowchart: Poverty & Homelessness
Transgender and gender non-conforming people are much more likely to bepoor or homeless than the average person. This diagram shows how variousfactors combine into an interlocking system that keep many trans and gendernon-conforming people in situations that are vulnerable and unequal.

SRLP Publication

Pronoun Etiquette

People often wonder how to be polite when it comes to problems of misidentifying another person’s pronoun. Here are some general tips:

SRLP in the Press

It's So Queer to Give Away Money

Tikkun Magazine
July 1, 2010

In recent years, we've witnessed an increase in media, legislative, and judicial activity surrounding the issue of same-sex marriage. It's an issue that has prominently featured images of upper-class, white, professional gay and lesbian couples. "Gay politics" has been defined most visibly as concerning whether couples like these can be legally recognized as co-parents, can inherit each other's wealth, and can share health benefits from each other's jobs.

While this sort of gay politics has been growing more visible, a different queer politics, focused on racial and economic justice and grassroots activism, has been growing stronger. Queer and trans people concerned about the growing wealth divide in the United States, the stagnation of wages, the increase in immigration enforcement and imprisonment, and the U.S. government's assault on poor people and people of color, both domestically and internationally, have been organizing. The activists and organizations leading this work have reframed queer politics and queer activism. They have declared that property rights associated with marriage and access to military service are not the greatest needs of the most vulnerable queer and trans people. They have been working on police brutality, welfare rights, immigration, health care access, foster care, criminalization, and other key issues facing queer and trans poor people and people of color.

SRLP Receives the Cesar Perales Community Advocate Award from the Brooklyn Law Latin American Law Students Association!

Stefanie Rivera and Elana Redfield of the Sylvia Rivera Law Project were pleased to accept the Cesar Perales Community Advocate Award on Friday April 16,2010.

SRLP in the Press

Trans Dad Wins Right to Contest Custody Due to "Extraordinary Circumstances"
October 23, 2009

SRLP connected a transgender man with legal representation, ending in an Oct 2009 win for the client in a custody dispute. Check out this link for more info!

Policy Work and Campaigns

Current Policy Work and Campaigns

Stop Transphobia at HRA

Community Organizing Support

What is Community Organizing Support?

Community Organizing Support means that as a legal organization SRLP believes in building the political voice of our communities.  To accomplish this vision, we provide legal services that community members need to survive and participate politically, leadership development and skills-building opportunities, and support to community organizing projects that prioritize and support the leadership of transgender people, gender non-conforming people and people with intersex conditions who are low-income and/or people of color.  Read more »

GETTING IT RIGHT FROM THE START: Building a Grassroots Fundraising Program
BY DEAN SPADE, JANUARY/ FEBRUARY 2005 • GRASSROOTS FUNDRAISING JOURNAL "When we heard that only about 11 percent of the money the private sector gives to nonprofits comes from foundations, while close to 80 percent comes from individuals, and specifically from families with incomes of only $60,000 or less, it made perfect sense to me. I had come from communities of people barely scraping by who were always helping each other out and never afraid to talk about money, which is apparently taboo among upper-class people. Now I could also see that seeking our support from our community matched our by and for approach to the work and would make us more accountable to the communities we serve."