From community organization to direct services: the Street Trans Action Revolutionaries to Sylvia Rivera Law Project

SHEPARD Benjamin
Journal article citation:
Journal of Social Service Research, 39(1), 2013, pp.95-115.
Taylor and Francis
Place of publication:
Philadelphia, USA

The literature on transgender social services is limited. Taking a case study approach, this article examines the needs of chronically underserved lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer (LGBTQ) populations, particularly homeless transgender street youth, and efforts of community-based organizations to address them. To consider their needs, this article considers the legacy of transgender activist Sylvia Rivera along with four organisations that grew out of her work: the Street Trans Action Revolutionaries, Sylvia's Place, Sylvia Rivera Law Project, and New Alternatives for LGBT Youth. These organisations show the promise for using multiple methods, from direct action to direct services, while connecting the lessons of social movements with social services. Future recommendations for improving research and services are highlighted. (Publisher abstract)

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young people, transgender people, LGBT people, lesbians, gay men, needs, social care provision, bisexual people;
United States
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