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Weighing Solutions to Hate Crime After Brutal Baltimore Attack

Colorlines Magazine
April 27, 2011

“There’s no evidence at all that shows that people who are sent to prison under hate crime legislation come out of prison and are less likely to harm another marginalized person. It doesn’t rehabilitate people, it doesn’t make anyone safer.” -Reina Gossett, interviewed in Colorlines Magazine 

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Romantic Friendship radio podcast about the upcoming 7th Annual Small Works for Big Change

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Romantic Friendship
February 19, 2012
Great Romantic Friendship radio podcast about the upcoming 7th Annual Small Works for Big Change Benefit Art Event happening Saturday, February 25th, 2012 at Jack Studios 6-9PM!

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SRLP's Teach In at Occupy Wall Street Video Clip

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October 26, 2011

This moment happened because of you!

We would like to extend our deepest thanks to all of you who joined us for the teach in, all of you who supported this moment from a far, those who came before us and those making change in this world simply by existing or resisting.

For those of you who missed it, check out the amazingness of SRLP community member Jeannine Tang, collective member, Naomi Clark and SRLP staff, Reina Gossett and Pooja Gehi!

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June 29, 2011

Can't make it to SRLP's gala? 

Not NYC-based, but want to support? 

Interested in getting your friends and/or family to donate? 

Well, here's your chance! SRLP's GOGO-Spectacular is a month-long online fundraising drive leading up to our 1st Annual Gala-Spectacular on Wednesday, June 29th. This is your opportunity to  support the Sylvia Rivera Law Project's important work of increasing the political voice and visibility of low-income people and people of color who are transgender, intersex, or gender non-conforming!

Your contribution:

helps provide free, quality, respectful, affirming legal services for low-income transgender, intersex, and gender non-conforming people.

strenthens SRLP's work to end state sanctioned and institutional discrimination, violence, and coercion on the basis of gender identity and expression.

means that SRLP can continue to engage and participate in the larger movements for racial, social, and economic justice.

will help us meet our GOGO-Spectacular goal of raising $10,000 by June 30th, 2011!

  Forward this to everyone you know! 



WhenWednesday, June 29, 2011 - 8:00pm - 11:00pm

Where: The Knitting Factory, 361 Metropolitan Avenue, Brooklyn, NY. 11211

The Sylvia Rivera Law Project is excited to present our 1st Annual Gala where we'll behonoring Jay Toole, John Boston, Kit Yan, and Rickke Mananzala! SRLP's GALA-SPECTACULAR will be held on the anniversary of the Stonewall UprisingWednesday, June 29th, 2011 at The Knitting Factory 8-11PM!

Featuring performances by: I.G. Rivera; Tactical SpectacleGeo Wyeth of Novice Theory, Lana Carroll of the Low and the Lonesome, and the Legendary Stefanie Rivera! Our fabulous MCLucia Leandro Gimeno aka LLG, will keep you entertained and titillated,while  DJs Benjamin Haber (JUDY) and Brian Belukha (JUDY)will keep you moving all night.


 Meet Our Honorees 

  • Jay Toole, Director of the Shelter Organizing Project, Queers for Economic Justice. Jay is a founding member of QEJ, as well as a tireless organizer and advocate aroundhomelessness and poverty-related issues for over ten years. In 2006 she received the Richard L. Schiegel National Legion of Honor Award for Emerging Activist.
  • John Boston, Director of Prisoners' Rights Project, The Legal Aid Society.John is a nationally recognized legal advocate on prisoner rights issues and a 2006 recipient of the Will Rogers Humanitarian Achievement Award. John is widely published, with numerous articles on prisoners, their rights and living conditions nationwide, and has litigated several cases pertaining to prisoner's rights.
  • Kit Yan, As seen on HBO Documentary Asians Aloud, Kit Yan tell stories through slam poetry from the lens of a transgender Asian American from Hawaii now in New York. Kit’s work has been taught coast to coast, from San Francisco State to Harvard and is a Campus Pride top 25 LGBT speakers hot list artist. He has been seen speaking at the National Equality March, performing on the San Francisco Pride main stage, Creating Change, and is a nationally ranking slam poet. Kit is also the first ever and reigning Mr. Transman 2010.
  • Rickke Mananzala, former Executive Director of FIERCE!Rickke served as Campaign Coordinator and then Co-Director of FIERCE for almost four years until he became Executive Director in January 2008. He is a former New Voices Fellow at SRLP, a founding National Steering Committee member of the Right to the City Alliance, and also served on the board of Third Wave Foundation for five years.

PLUS! Fantastic raffle prizes, hors d'oeuvres, and drinks. 

$20 - $100 sliding scale, but no one turned away. Click here to buy tickets.

RSVP on Facebook

The Impact

SRLP's Gala-Spectacular and GOGO-SPECTACULAR will celebrate the beauty and power in our communities, and raise valuable funds to support SRLP's work to increase the political voice and visibility of low-income people and people of color who are transgender, intersex, or gender non-conforming. SRLP works to guarantee that all people are free to self-determine gender identity and expression, regardless of income or race, and without facing harassment, discrimination or violence.

Other Ways You Can Help

Become a Sponsor! Learn more about sponsorship opportunities here.


Host Committee: Amanda Altman, Belkys Garcia, Reina Gossett, Kimber Heinz, Leeroy Kang, Helen Stillman, Lee Strock, Chiemi Suzuki, Wu Tsang, Alisha Williams, Sasha Wortzel

Postcard designed by Leeroy Kun Young Kang.  Trailer made by Sasha Wortzel & Stephanie Rabins


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CLPP 2011: Colonized Spaces, Criminalized Bodies
April 8, 2011

"We believe the law is a tool people need to access to gain their basic rights, but we don’t believe in the law as a way for social change to happen. For this reason we centralize community organizing and movement building. At SRLP we believe the work we do is fighting state-based violence and hate that supports systems like racism and transphobia. These laws that are supposed to keep people safe from violence are actually the laws that perpetuate violence, especially against marginalized people."

-Pooja Gehi, SRLP Attorney speaks as a panelists at the 2011 Civil Liberties & Public Policy (CLPP) conference. 

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Justin Vivian Bond gives shout out to SRLP!

The Advocate
March 10, 2011

"...the Sylvia Rivera Law Project. Advocating for low-income trans people in need of legal defense and protection, the people at this organization are working hard for those in our community who need help most, and I love them for it."

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Shoulder to Shoulder, Ending the Violence

Huffington Post
December 30, 2010

2010 brought what was reported as a "spike" in bias incidents against lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer (LGBTQ) and HIV/AIDS-affected people in New York City. As organizations who work day-to-day with LGBTQ we know that anti-LGBTQ violence has not suddenly increased, but has been rising steadily for decades: LGBTQ people face violence every day.

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Make it Happen!

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Transforming Justice
November 17, 2010

Transforming Justice: Ending the Criminalization & Imprisonment of Transgender & Gender Non-Conforming People. Check out this documentary about Transforming Justice - A collaborative national coalition and conference to address the needs of LGBT people in prison. For more info see

Make It Happen! from Transforming Justice on Vimeo.

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