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New York Association for Gender Rights Advocacy
24 West 25th Street, 9th floor
New York, NY 10010
(212) 675-3288 ext. 266
fax:  (212) 675-3466

NYAGRA's mission is to advocate for freedom of gender identity and expression for all.


A Benefit Performance for Queer Immigrant Rights Project
A new play by Jeffrey Solomon Presented by Houses on the Moon Theater Company

7:00 PM
Lucille Lortel Theatre
121  Christopher Street
(between Bleecker and Hudson Street)
New  York, NY  10014

Closest Subways: 1/9 to Christopher Street, A,B,C,D,E,F,Q to West 4th Street, PATH to
Christopher Street.

Tickets $45 (discount tickets available)
Tel: 212.279.4200

Since 1994, gay, lesbian and transgender refugees have been eligible for asylum in the
United States. This play recounts one such remarkable journey. From the confines of US
Immigration detention, Tara, a transgender asylum seeker from Guyana, struggles to tell
the story that could set her free.

The performance will benefit Queer Immigrant Rights Project (, currently
under the auspices of American Friends Service Committee ( Led by
lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and HIV positive asylees, asylum seekers and
immigrants from more than 50 countries, QuIR provides a "safe space" for networking,
peer support, sharing information and resources, and advocating on issues affecting queer

A portion of the ticket price is tax-deductible. Additional donations for QuIR can be sent
to (and checks made payable to): AFSC, 15 Rutherford Place,  New York, NY 10003

Co-sponsors (to date): ADODI NY, Amnesty International OUTfront, Curry Club, Hispanic
AIDS Forum, Homan, Human Rights First, HX Magazine, Immigration Equality, International
Gay and Lesbian Human Rights Commission, Latino Commission on AIDS, New York
Association for Gender Rights Advocacy, Queers for Economic Justice, Sylvia Rivera Law

Program photos available at:
Local airdates will be available at:


The TV Newsmagazine of Record on Gay and Lesbian America
Untangles America's concept of gender identity

New York, NY, February 2005:   This March on In the Life, "American Gender."  Hosted by
performing icon, RuPaul, this month's episode of ITL tries to untangle the complicated web
of gender in our nation.

In a culture where most women take home only 75 cents for every male dollar earned,
gender has a profound impact on how we live, particularly its intersection with race,
ethnicity, class and ability.  In "Binary Culture", ITL explores the push to broaden the views
of gender identity in a nation that is not often so readily willing. 

In this Month's "Real to Reel," filmmaker Emily Goldberg discusses her film "Venus of
Mars" revealing how attempts to define gender often overshadow the everyday stories of
LGBT people that may not fit a binary gender mold.

Drag performers have long played with the concept of gender, moving comfortably along a
spectrum of possibilities that have entertained and enlightened the masses.  For one
Midwesterner, the art of old school drag has helped transcend the cultural divide between
church and gays. "Miss Richfield" is a self-defined throwback to simpler times with a wit
and style all her own.

For decades, treating intersex children was a matter of surgically altering genitalia to
"normalize" the child's gender.  Today there is a growing movement to shift gender
identity out of the hands of medical professionals and back to the individuals who will
ultimately live with the choices being made in their name.  Next, in "Size Matters," ITL
visits with some of the people behind this movement.

Finally, in "Out Takes," ITL regular commentator Harvey Fierstein discusses the revival of a
classic Broadway Production in "We Are What We Are."

For more information, visit In the Life's online pressroom at:

About In the Life

In the Life is America's only national television series by, for, and about the LGBT
community.  A three-time Emmy Award nominee, In the Life blends hard-hitting
journalism, lively entertainment reports, and bold commentary for a no-holds-barred look
at life within the LGBT community.  Against senate protests, the show launched in 1992
and became the country's first regularly scheduled gay-themed program. Now in its 13th
season, In the Life is broadcast on over 130 public television stations nationwide and is
seen by more than a million people each month. Headquartered in New York City, In the
Life is produced by In the Life Media, Inc., a not-for-profit 501(c)(3), member-supported
educational corporation.
On April 19, we'll be sponsoring an important forum on the implementation guidelines
for the NYC transgender rights law (Int. No. 24, Local Law 3 of 2002).  A panel of experts
-- including Deputy Commissioner Avery Mehlman (head of the Law Enforcement Bureau
at the NYC Commission on Human Rights) -- will be on hand to help explain the new
regulations (just adopted in December) and their implications for our community.

Tuesday, April 19
7-9 p.m.

NYAGRA forum on implementation guidelines for NYC transgender rights law,
co-sponsored by the National Gay & Lesbian Task Force (NGLTF), the Women of Color
Policy Network at the Wagner School at New York University  (NYU), the Transgender
Legal Defense & Education Fund (TLDEF), and the Stonewall Democratic Club of NYC.
Kimmel Center, Rm. 808
New York University (NYU)
60 Washington Square South
New York, NY 10012


On April 4, we'll be co-sponsoring a special benefit performance of an important
new play about a transgendered woman from Guyana and her journey to political asylum
in the U.S.

Monday, April 4
7 p.m.

"Tara's Crossing"
A new play by Jeffrey Solomon Presented by Houses on the Moon Theater Co.
Lucille Lortel Theatre
121 Christopher Street
(between Bleecker and Hudson Street)
New York, NY 10014
tickets $45
(212) 279-4200

A play about the remarkable journey of a transgender asylum seeker from Guyana.
A benefit performance for Queer Immigrant Rights Project co-sponsored by NYAGRA
& other community orgs.

On April 6, we'll be holding another meeting of the Transgender Health Initiative of New

Wednesday, April 6
6-7:30 p.m.
Transgender Health Initiative of New York (THINY)
6-7:30 p.m.
LGBT Community Center
208 W. 13th St.
New York, NY 10011


And on April 8, we'll be joining a broad coalition of organizations, including the Urban 
Justice Center, for the first public hearing on Int. No. 512, the NYC Human Rights
Initiative,  which would mandate the City of New York's compliance with two important
international treaties on the rights of women and people of color.

Friday, April 8
10 a.m.
NYC Human Rights Initiative (Int. No. 512)
public hearing & press conference
NYC Council governmental operations committee
NY City Hall
New York, NY 10007





FEBRUARY 26-27TH, 2005

Subject:   Save the Date! Transgender Health Initiative of New York Monthly Meeting Schedule
Date:   Feb 17, 2005 4:55 PM

Well, we've settled on a name.  At our last meeting, Transgender Health Initiative of New
York carried the day.  I'll send out additional information next week both about our last
meeting (including minutes) and about ongoing work to be done in between meetings,
including the formation of committees to assume responsibility for certain tasks.  For now,
though, I'd just like to distribute the following information about our upcoming schedule. 

Despite our efforts to coordinate schedules at the last meeting, space limitations have had
the last word.  At least for the next few months, the only night that we can get a room to
accommodate us is Wednesday.  We've reserved a room on the first Wednesday of each
month through June.  Please mark your calendars and save the following dates for the
Transgender Health Initiative of New York monthly membership meeting:

Wednesday, March 2, 2005, 6:00 7:30 p.m.
Wednesday, April 6, 2005, 6:00 7:30 p.m.
Wednesday, May 4, 2005, 6:00 7:30 p.m.
Wednesday, June 1, 2005, 6:00 7:30 p.m.

Meetings will be held at the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual & Transgender Community Center,
located at 208 West 13th Street.  I'll send email reminders prior to each of these meetings.

I've attached a flyer announcing the March 2 meeting and a second flyer describing the
work of the Transgender Health Initiative of New York, including its goals/statement of
purpose.  Please distribute these far and wide.

Please email with any questions or concerns. 
Otherwise, I'll be in touch again next week.

Michael Silverman
NYC transgender rights law: implementation guidelines (adopted December 2004)

NYAGRA is planning an Art Showcase for Spring
we're looking for gender expansive art and artists,
and a cafe/gallery space to feature this event


 NYAGRA  6th anniversary
3-5 p.m.
Saturday, October 23

(Tisch Building,
12th floor)
119 W. 24th St.

Come join the fabulous drag divas Yolanda, Tina Benez & Clover Honey as they celebrate the 6th anniversary of the founding of the New York Association for Gender Rights Advocacy.  NYAGRA has been on the frontlines of the gender revolution, leading the successful campaign for the NYC TG rights law; join in the fun & festivities & support the continued fight for freedom of gender identity & expression for all.  Admission is complimentary with a tax deductable donation, membership or renewal. 

3-5 p.m. on Saturday, October 23 at GMHC (Tisch Building, 4th floor), 119 W. 24th St. in Manhattan.  For more info., call Mike Borriello at
(718) 499-0928 or e-mail him at


NYAGRA, the Transgender Legal Defense & Education Fund (TLDEF) & the Gender Identity Project (GIP) of the LGBT Community Center in Manhattan

Present the second in the series of meetings to discuss access to health care for transgendered and gender-variant people. 

At the Center (Rm. 310) from 6:30-9 p.m. on Tuesday, October, 19, so do mark your calendars & join us for this important discussion. 


Thursday, August 19th , 7pm Transgender Health Care Town Meeting at the Center,
 208 West 13th Street.
Join NYAGRA ,the Transgender Legal Defense & Education Fund and The Center
for the first in a series of community meetings on transgender health care.
Share experiences and help create  a strategy to improve and insure this vital civil right.