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Posted on December 18, 2014 at 12:37 pm
Another Step in the Battle for Trans Rights: NY State Proposal Includes Trans Healthcare in Medicaid
The Housing Works community commends yesterday’s announcement by the Office of New York Governor Andrew Cuomo and the New York State Department of Health that moving forward, Medicaid programs will now cover transgender healthcare, including hormone therapy and gender realignment surgery. Previous regulations dating back to the late 1990s prevented access to hormones and all forms of gender realignment surgery—in essence to the most commonly sought types of trans-specific healthcare.
This new proposed policy represents decades of persistent organizing work by the transgender community and its staunch advocates. When the regulation reached an impasse during the Patterson Administration, advocacy allies at the Sylvia Rivera Law Project, Housing Works, and the Empire State Pride Agenda partnered to create a petitioning campaign that kept the pressure …
Posted on December 17, 2014 at 5:33 pm
There’s no question: you should definitely go to our London Calling sale! Get gobsmacked by incredible deals on new party dresses ($20), tops ($10 & $15), skirts, shorts and pants ($10) and more. These on-trend pieces are perfect for last minute gifts or the holiday party circuit. Available while supplies last at all Shops (excluding Chelsea) AND online. Sorry gents, this sale is for ladies only.
Posted on December 17, 2014 at 10:37 am
Happy holidays from Housing Works Bookstore Cafe! We’re celebrating with extended hours for that last-minute holiday shopping this weekend: we’ll be open until 9PM Saturday and Sunday. Saturday is also our beloved annual reading of Charles Dickens’ holiday classic, A Christmas Carol, presented by Penguin Classics. The event kicks off with caroling from the NYC Master Chorale at noon, and we’ll have festive glögg on hand and more. Tonight we are also delighted to host Gabrielle Hamilton and Brooks Headley as they discuss new new cookbooks. We’ll be closed Christmas Day, and closing at 5PM Christmas Eve and New Year’s Eve, but we’ll be open on New Year’s Day so you can start your reading resolutions right away.
Posted on December 16, 2014 at 5:41 pm
There is another big advocacy opportunity this week:
WHAT: “I Can’t Breathe Worldwide Die-In”
In Honor of Eric Garner and All Unjustly Killed by the Police
WHEN: Wednesday, December 17, 6pm
Meet at 5:30pm at 620 Atlantic Avenue
This Wednesday, December 17, 2014, marks 5 months since Eric Garner was killed by the NYPD. As part of the ThisStopsToday coalition, Housing Works is calling on people throughout New York City, the United States, and the world to join a collective die-in to commemorate the 5-month anniversary of the NYPD murder of Eric Garner and demand justice for all those who have lost their lives to police.
At 5:30pm, the Housing Works team will meet at the Barclays Center–620 Atlantic Ave (near …
Posted on December 16, 2014 at 3:49 am
There are two more big advocacy opportunities this week:
WHAT: “Free Ourselves Community Vigil”
A Vigil and Speak-Out at Washington Square Park
WHEN: Monday, December 15, 6pm-9pm
Meet at 5:45pm on the South Side of the Fountain
Join Housing Works and our allies in the LGBT community and communities of color to shed light on and demand justice for our people who remain unnamed and brutalized by racist, sexist, homophobic, and transphobic police.
As we continue naming the violence that our communities face at the hands of law enforcement across the country, we must continue to lift up and name the Women, both Cis and Trans, Gender Non-Conforming, Lesbian, Gay and Bisexual Black People and People of Color who have been lost …
Posted on December 15, 2014 at 4:15 pm
In the wake of Eric Garner’s tragic death at the hands of the NYPD, the community has responded relentlessly with mass demonstrations. For a list of direct actions endorsed by Housing Works as an endorsing organization of a citywide coalition against police violence, visit www.thisstopstoday.org, and see the events listed below.
Housing Works is also organizing a demonstration with the Audre Lorde Project that will take place next week on Wednesday, December 17, to renew the call for transgender rights in the face of police violence. If you’re interested in helping to organize the event, contact us at email@example.com.
Over the next month, there will also be plenty of opportunities to advocate to end …
Posted on December 12, 2014 at 2:57 pm
Guest blogpost by Housing Works President & CEO Charles King
A civil rights leader once famously said, “There are those who are asking the devotees of civil rights, ‘When will you be satisfied?’ We can never be satisfied as long as the Negro is the victim of the unspeakable horrors of police brutality.” Another civil rights leader rightly framed the issue in terms of accountability, asserting, “The seriousness of this situation must be faced up to. You should not feel that I am inciting someone to violence. I’m only warning of a powder-keg situation.”
Both of those quotations came to mind when the news erupted in Ferguson about the Mike Brown case and again when the story of the lack of indictment in the …
Posted on December 12, 2014 at 2:31 pm