Celebrating Pride in every borough
As the city’s premier social justice law firm, we are proud to take a stand for LGBTQ+ New Yorkers
Preserving Health Benefits
We are driving landmark victories on behalf of transgender New Yorkers.
Almost five years ago, we won the crucial case of Cruz v. Zucker, which secured the right of trans individuals to receive Medicaid coverage for life-saving health treatments
Two years ago, we represented Mia Ballard, helping expand coverage to trans youth seeking Medicaid benefits. You can watch her powerful story here.
Today, we continue fighting to expand the coverage available to trans New Yorkers, ensuring that they have equal access to the essential healthcare they need to thrive.
Defending Homeless Youth
We are creating essential protections for homeless and run away youth.
As New York’s homelessness crisis continues, those who will most likely bear the brunt of the struggle are our city’s most vulnerable: homeless and runaway LGBTQ+ youth. Although some 40% of homeless youth identify as LGBTQ+, our city has few resources to serve this particular group.
Thankfully, over the past few years, we have served as proud advocates for homeless LGBTQ+ youth. Through our work, we have pushed the city to provide more shelter beds to homeless youth, offer specialized services for young LGBTQ+ individuals, and even raise the age for some youth shelters to ensure that these young people can transition into a stable and successful adulthood.
Advocating for incarcerated NYers
We offer essential support to LGBTQ+ New Yorkers in our city’s jails and prisons
Outdated trespassing policies, biased prostitution enforcement, and antagonistic approaches to human trafficking are all part of a disturbing trend: the criminalization of our city’s LGBTQ+ communities. LGBTQ+ individuals are overrepresented in our city’s jails and prisons, many of them languishing in a system that is unprepared and unwilling to accommodate them.
Thankfully, our staff is working tirelessly to defend the rights of incarcerated individuals. While current correctional facilities are unequipped to provide LGBTQ+ prisoners with the unique medical and social services they need, we advocate on their behalf, ensuring that they have the support they need. We serve the most vulnerable members of the LGBTQ+ community.