A Social Ecological Approach to Dismantling Stigma in the Transgender & Gender Non-Confrming (TGNC) Community

The New York Transgender Advocacy Group published a multi-level report on how to best serve the TGNC community on all levels (individual, community & institutional). This event will bring activists together to learn how they can best help advance the lives of the TGNC community.

Amanda Babine is the Director of Policy & Programs at the New York Transgender Advocacy Group. She has worked in the nonprofit field in both a direct practice and research capacity. She has evaluated large citywide pilot programs working at Columbia University and the City University of New York (CUNY). Amanda holds a Master’s Degree in Social Work & Public Policy from Columbia University in the City of New York.

Shirley Torho is a public health and education strategist with an MPH from Columbia University’s Mailman School of Public Health. Her professional interests are centered around eliminating structural barriers and policies that facilitate the HIV epidemic, particularly among marginalized groups, and addressing the impact of unconscious bias and stigma on the patient-provider relationship, especially in medical professionals.

Kiara St. James has been a community organizer and public speaker for over 20 years. She has also been coordinating meetings with legislators to discuss the importance of passing the Gender Expression Non Discrimination Act, a bill that will enrich the lives of all New Yorkers by ensuring they receive equal protection under the law. Kiara is the Founder and current Executive Director of the New York Transgender Advocacy Group.

Leah Daly is an intern with the National Black Commission on AIDS (NBLCA). She is currently a student at Columbia University’s Mailman School of Public Health and is interested in community health.