November 15, 2013
Take Action: Show your support for safe and affordable healthcare for trans and gender non conforming people! | SRLP (Sylvia Rivera Law Project)

Hi everyone! Please Sign & Share the Change.org petition to tell NY Gov. Andrew Cuomo and NYS Health Commissioner Shah its time for trans and gender non conforming people New Yorkers have the healthcare they need!

Then share our videos above and infographic at srlp.org/healthcare !

September 10, 2013
We don’t need no trans cops rolling down the worlds blocks

Lets Make the Violence Stop!

I usually don’t read comments on buzzfeed but my friend Dean’s interview was on it and I wanted to check out the brilliant insights he’s interview inspired.  Here’s some of my thoughts about the push back the interview got.

When a handful of white trans women with access to billions of dollars try to make trans ppl -who’ll be POC & poor- weapons of war I realize anything possible.

Except for these white trans women to realize that actually the most pressing needs for our community is getting *out* of deadly institutions like prisons, police, jail, detention centers, bad homeless shelters, forced hospitalizations, as well as access to healthcare, meaningful employment, homes.

Trans people, and I’m talking about my sisters and siblings, are already in extremely dangerous job situations why on earth would we need another one? Why on earth would we want to join the forces of colonialism and conquest at home and abroad?

As Kenyon said in his 2011 huffpost piece  A Military Job Is Not Economic Justice

Yes, the repeal of Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell is a victory — of sorts — significant when it comes to moving towards eliminating discrimination and advancing equality for LGBT individuals. But military service is not economic justice, and it is immoral that the military is the nation’s de facto jobs program for young, poor, Black and working-class people.

Even while we may applaud the repeal of a discriminatory policy, we have to be clear: militarism and war profiteering do not serve the interests of lesbian, gay, bisexual or transgender people, or poor people, or people of color…

Furthermore there are poor people as well as lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people beyond U.S. shores, who have been killed, traumatized, or disabled as a direct result of recent US-led wars or who have become vulnerable targets to backlashes to US policies and actions.

Yes “our gays” should have the “right” to serve openly in the military rather than labor under discriminatory rules — but we stand in solidarity with lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people around the globe. We do not condone violence against them or their home countries. We support real economic justice.


I don’t want to be a force of military violence against other poor people of color who are trans, I want liberation. So I say no to this outrageous campaign and I hope you’ll join me in the movement for a trans liberation that is inextricably linked to ending all other forms of oppression!

August 22, 2013
Chelsea Manning and the realities for transgender and gender non-conforming people in prison, jails and detention centers. | SRLP (Sylvia Rivera Law Project)

from SRLP on Chelsea Manning, the realities trans & gnc people have to navigate daily while incarcerated and how we can support people on the inside!

May 31, 2013
The Spirit Was...: Help Support Egyptt! Please Signal Boost

 

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Dear Friends & Community,

We are writing to let you know of a community member who needs support after going through a major health crisis. Many of you know Egyptt, a long time activist and advocate for low income, trans communities of color.


Egyptt was…

reblogging this in light of Janet Mock’s brilliant insights on crowdfunding for trans women of color and in hopes that more and more people share this alongside  KOKUMO’s and Ja’briel Walthour’s fundraisers.  Please support all three by all the means you can!

May 8, 2013
Help Support Egyptt! Please Signal Boost

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Dear Friends & Community, 

We are writing to let you know of a community member who needs support after going through a major health crisis. Many of you know Egyptt, a long time activist and advocate for low income, trans communities of color. 


Egyptt was formerly co-coordinator of Trans Justice at the Audre Lorde Project. Prior to her work at ALP she was a crucial member of the Queers for Economic Justice Welfare Warriors group where she lead the way fighting transphobia within New York City’s welfare agency: the Human Resources Administration. Because of Egyptt’s work NYC’s Human Resources Administration has adopted its first ever transgender non discrimination policy, which Egyptt helped implement through many trainings of New York City employees.

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Additionally Egyptt has been a long time advocate at Housing Works advocating to have New York State pass the Gender Employment Non Discrimination Act (GENDA). She is also a brilliant performer, frequently showcasing her talent at the Housing Works fashion shows and many Trans Day of Remembrance events. Egyptt is now unemployed and has lost her apartment in Harlem. 

We are turning to you, our community, to support Egyptt as she navigates this challenging moment. We want to raise 10,000 for Egyptt to get back some of what she has lost in the last few months. She needs resources to get back into housing, to replace lost possessions, and to cover outstanding healthcare costs. 


With deep appreciation, 
Reina Gossett, Pooja Gehi, & Dean Spade

April 22, 2013

yes honey, and i’m gonna burn your house down!

April 17, 2013
Giving my springtime warm weather gender dysphoria a run for its money with some transfabulous attire!

Giving my springtime warm weather gender dysphoria a run for its money with some transfabulous attire!

January 24, 2013
Riding the elevator to creating change/creating chains success!

Riding the elevator to creating change/creating chains success!

January 8, 2013

My afternoon pick me up!  Warhol star Holly Woodlawn talking about her relationship with Jackie Curtis and Candy Darling, from the 2004 film”Superstar in a Housedress.”

December 6, 2012
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Thanks to cis feminists, GID was never a valid case for disability, you see, cis feminists (not just white) colluded with Jesse Helms to make certain GID transness, etc were NEVER treated as medically legitimate by CMS and virtually all federal entitlement programs, eg SSI, Medicaid, etc. Damage: total.

so, while it may carry some small weight in institutional settings (every lil bit matters!) it has none outside of those. as an aside, the SSI “presumptive disability” list nearly doubled in size recently. It is *well* worth review. :-)

…everything you said still matters, since local DHS still can and do vary from CMS rules to ALLOW our access. BUT they all do it by…wait for it…referencing the ICD-9 or ICD-10 for GID related conditions lmao. Slick, yes?

the bad news is, this shitpile gives locals unlimited power to screw things up too, to wit: Wisconsin’s total treatment ban http://www.intheiropinion.com/2011/08/articles/constitutional-law/wisconsins-ban-on-effective-treatment-for-gender-identity-disorder-is-unconstitutional/

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— Thanks to voz's brilliant twitter analysis for adding this really deep insight on the history of collusion between cis feminists with conservative legislators resulting in the Americans with Disabilities Act not covering Gender Identity Disorder.  This isn’t the first time feminists and lawmakers collaborated to exclude trans health coverage but its important to remember or learn how these relationships have undermined health coverage and diminished care (see Health and Human Services’ National Center for Healthcare Technology hiring Janice Raymond to develop policies around trans healthcare).