Intersections Cafe!

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FridayJuly 11th7-9 pm.
500 S. Salina St., Syracuse, NY (right across from the Centro Hub, the big building on the right in this photo) Free street parking.
Same building, new wheelchair accessible room! Go through the front door, down the hall to the elevators, to the second floor, turn left, first door on the right (follow the signs).

THIS WEEKS TOPIC: Mental health and coping with anxiety. We will have our usual time to talk as a group, plus Keira Andrew will be leading muscle relaxation and breathing techniques.

Transgender, genderqueer, gay, queer, crossdresser, lesbian, asexual, bisexual, pansexual, whatever: As long as you are open-minded you belong at the Intersections Cafe! Come vent, share, or just listen… and have FREE FOOD & COFFEE or TEA! Location is right across from the Centro Transit Hub. Please feel free to bring anything you can share as well, particularly clothes, nail polish, accessories, snacks, etc.

*Please note that we have fixed the issue and our event is now wheel chair accessible! Please feel free to let us know if there are any other issues with accessibility, now or in the future. We apologize for the inconvenience.

Hope to see you there!

Name Change Workshops

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On Monday, we were very lucky to have a trans/LGBTQ friendly name change workshop at the Volunteer Lawyers Project. If you missed it, don’t worry, we are planning another one soon! If you want to contact the LGBTQ friendly lawyer on your own, here is her info. She offers a free service for people who make less than $22,000 a year:

Sally Fisher Curran, Esq.
Executive Director
Volunteer Lawyers Project of Onondaga County, Inc.
1000 State Tower Bldg.
109 S. Warren St.
Syracuse, NY 13202-1860
Phone 315-579-2576
Fax 315-471-0705
scurran@onbar.org

To stay up to date on this program as well as others, please join our mailing list!

June Events

Big Queer Shopping Trip

6/8, 1 pm. Goodwill, 4722 Onondaga Blvd., Syracuse, NY

Trans* positive, LGBTQ group trip to the thrift store.

Facebook event: https://www.facebook.com/events/684696504901344/

Intersections Café

6/13 & 6/27, 7-9 pm. 500 Salina St., Syracuse, NY. Across from Centro bus hub.

LGBTQ support group. Free food and coffee provided. LGBTQ Food Pantry distribution point.

Facebook event: https://www.facebook.com/events/229978717211790/

Mazzoni Bus

6/26. Free daytrip to the Mazzoni Center, an LGBTQ focused sliding-scale health clinic in Philadelphia. Seats still available. Contact us if interested.

Facebook event: https://www.facebook.com/events/659953710756451/?ref=2&ref_dashboard_filter=upcoming

 

* *  MORE PROGRAMMING TBA! * *


 

Contact us if for more info or to inquire about transportation assistance. 315-464-0063 or cnyforsolidarity@gmail.com.

Sponsor a Chair for Our LGBTQ and Trans* Support Group!

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The Intersections Cafe is a peer support group that was established by CNY for Solidarity in the spring of 2014 in Syracuse, NY. It is a space for LGBTQ people to come together for community support, both emotional and material. Currently, we rent chairs each meeting, on top of the fees to rent the space by the hour. We would like your help to purchase our own chairs. $20 will sponsor one chair. We will be painting and decorating them as a group and if you would like, we can add your name and a dedication on the chair you sponsor. Once we raise enough money, the rest of the funds we raise will go towards rental space. CLICK HERE TO DONATE.

There are several things that make the Intersections Cafe unique.

  1. LGBTQ people of all ages. We have organizations in Syracuse for LGBTQ youth and seniors, but many of us do not fit those categories. This is a space for all ages, and because of this, we have a lot to offer one another.
  2. The values of intersectionality. Or in other words, we try to emphasize the way that homophobia, transphobia, racism, classism, and other forms of oppression are all interrelated. We realize people are more than just their sexual orientation and gender identity and try to avoid discrimination within our own community.
  3. Transgender leadership. Most groups are gay/lesbian run, and some attempt to be inclusive of trans* and gender nonconforming people. At Intersections, the main demographic we serve is transgender people, but all are welcome to learn, share, and discuss how gender and sexuality affect their lives. We have a diverse group of attendees.
  4. Free food. Coffee plus meals or snacks are provided each time. Volunteers prepare and transport the food. In addition, we make sure there are groceries from our pantry for attendees to take home with them. We realize that the LGBTQ and trans* communitie are much more likely to live in povery.  Mainstream food pantries are often uncomfortable or even unsafe for us. Having food available in safe spaces like Intersections is very important!
  5. Beyond being a support group where people can talk, Intersections provides a point of contact for other supportive resources and services. These include assitance with employment, healthcare, food, and other needs in the LGBTQ and trans* communities.

Please help us maintain this exciting new program! Again, $20 will sponsor a chair, but we are grateful for any donation, no matter how small. Please spread the word and feel free to come to our next meeting!

About Intersections Cafe: “Transgender, genderqueer, gay, queer, crossdresser, lesbian, asexual, bisexual, pansexual, whatever: As long as you are open-minded you belong at the Intersections Cafe! Come vent, share, or just listen… and have a FREE MEAL & COFFEE or TEA! Location is right across from the Centro Transit Hub.” CLICK HERE TO DONATE.

Free Syringes and Needles for Trans* and LGBTQ People

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May 27th, 2014, 1:30 PM

@ 627 W Genesee St., Syracuse, NY

Facebook Event Page

Are you a transgender or LGBTQ person who injects hormones or uses needles and syringes? Would you like to get access to free needles and syringes in bulk, along with an opportunity to dump your sharps container and get a new one? Come with CNY for Solidarity to the Safety First Needle Exchange at Access Care Resources (formerly AIDS Community Resources).
We are trans people and are experienced with healthcare in Syracuse. We will all go together and we will make sure you are safe and respected and that you get the supplies you need. There will be advocacy available. There will be more opportunities in the future if this date doesn’t work for you. Please let us know if you need help with transportation! Contact us at 315-464-0063 or cnyforsolidarity@gmail.com.
The Safety First Syringe Exchange is in the back of the ACR building on the far right, by Enterprise Car Rental. Please meet us in that parking lot at 1:30. If you have trouble finding us, again, our number is 315-464-0063. Feel free to call.

Tomorrow: Big Queer Shopping Trip!

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May 10, 2014, 1PM

@ Goodwill, 4722 Onondaga Blvd, Syracuse, NY 13219

https://www.facebook.com/events/285121311663632/

Uncomfortable shopping alone in the women’s/men’s section for the clothes you really want to wear? Want another opinion on how those jeans REALLY make your ass look? Just want to spend some social time with other trans* and queer people?  Then come shopping with us!

Rides are also available upon request. For questions, contact 315-464-0063. 

 

Intersections Cafe, Tonight!

Image 7-9 pm tonight, May 9, 2014

500 Salina St., Syracuse, NY 13210

(right across from the Centro bus hub)

 Transgender, genderqueer, gay, queer, crossdresser, lesbian, asexual, bisexual, pansexual, whatever: As long as you are open-minded you belong at the Intersections Cafe! Come vent, share, or just listen… and have a FREE MEAL & COFFEE or TEA! 


Discussion Topic: Employment
Please feel free to bring applications, resumes, or anything else for help and feedback. We will be discussing our successes and setbacks regarding employment, and about discrimination based on our gender and sexuality. We will also make time for other discussions, food, and fun. Come and bring along friends!

Optional reading:

1. Injustice at Every Turn: A Report of the National Transgender Discrimination Survey (p. 50-72). http://www.thetaskforce.org/downloads/reports/reports/ntds_full.pdf

2. Non-Discrimination Laws: State by State Information – Map.https://www.aclu.org/maps/non-discrimination-laws-state-state-information-map

Some tips for trans* people visiting the doctor

by Elliott D.

"We're not gonna take it Anymorrrrre!"

“We’re not gonna take it / Anymorrrrre!”

I had a rough week of emergency doctors’ visits and I’d like to try to see it as a learning experience. So I wrote some tips. Some of this is specific to my personal experience as a trans man on T, with top surgery, who has sex with men, with insurance, in Syracuse. But some of it may be helpful to others. The most important thing to remember is that your safety and comfort always come first!

1. Consider whether you need to disclose. If it isn’t relevant to your visit, you may have no need to. It’s your call, but it’s always an option to keep your trans status private.

2. If you decide to disclose: If you’re comfortable, provide as much as information on the form as possible. Personally, I prefer that to being drilled by the doctor. For instance, I wrote, “Transgender, female to male. Female genitalia.” I considered adding, “I use male pronouns: he/him/his.”

3. Bring a friend. Especially if you have trouble under pressure. Ideally, an assertive friend who knows you well and knows trans issues well. Someone you feel safe with. There is no reason they cannot go in to the appointment with you. They can help you remember stuff later. Plus many times doctors will just be on better behavior because someone else is there. If you don’t know someone, try a local LGBT center or group to find someone.

4. You have a right to say no. We are taught all our lives to respect authority, but doctors are just people. You can ask for a new doctor, walk out, refuse an exam, or refuse to answer uncomfortable questions on forms or aloud. A good doctor puts your comfort first.

5. “There is no such thing as an emergency pap smear.” -my doctor at the Mazzoni Center. Your comfort comes first. Don’t allow them to downplay past trauma or bully you into exams that don’t feel right.

Related specifically to STD testing: You can swab most things yourself. Urine tests can find most STDs. Shaming you, lecturing you, or asking invasive questions about your sex life is not cool and you don’t have to tolerate it.

Related specifically to the STD clinic in the Civic Center in Syracuse: I had a good experience with a woman named Tammy and a woman named Towanna. I have had horrible experiences with a couple others whose names I don’t recall. These women mentioned above said they would be happy having other trans people referred to them. I hope they treat others as well as they did me. See my post, An Open Letter to a Nurse on World AIDs Day. 

Another option: Come with us on our trips to the Mazzoni Center. CNY for Solidarity offers a free service that transports people to a sliding scale LGBTQ clinic in Philadelphia. For more information on this, contact us at cnyforsolidarity@gmail.com or call 315-464-0063.

For more information on this service, and to learn how you can help us keep it running, check out our Fundrazr page, Sponsor a Seat to LGBTQ Healthcare! 

Please do not hesitate to contact CNY for Solidarity for questions or referrals. Please also refer to our Syracuse transgender resource guide. General LGBTQ resource guide coming soon!

Report on Services and Expense

CNY for Solidarity is a VERY potent organization.  We thrive on volunteer hours and efficiently use our monetary resources to provide vital, tangible services to members of our community.

January 1 – April 15

With a budget of only $1200

And over 200 logged volunteer hours a month

Within only 10 weeks and resources listed above, we have:

Gotten people to 28 Medical appointments at Mazzoni Center in Philadelphia where

  • 11 received trans specific care.
  • 8 gained first time access to trans specific care
  • 4 had cancer screening
  • 5 had STI testing
  • 3 had issues stemming inadequate care in Syracuse addressed
  • 3 had mental health issues addressed
  • Most are continuing with follow-up and preventive health care regimens (only 1 has not continued care) EVERYONE has reported experiencing a profound improvement in their attitude about health care and quality of life, and efficacy as a result of their visit to Mazzoni Center. 
38 members of our community have made use of peer our support group where they were served a meal since beginning the Intersections program only 3 weeks ago.Literally tons of food have been distributed to our community through the Lost Boys’ Queer and Trans* Food Pantry project.

We have covered the expense of Incorporating.

And we are only a few weeks out from our second Queer Mart!