TransNewYork founded by Dr. Gennifer Herley Ph.D. in March 2018. Based in Seaford, Long Island, New York. The organization boasts 5 employees. In a recent conversation and subsequent exchanges, Dr. Genn took time to share the hopes, dream, and aspirations of TransNewYork.
How would you describe your organization?
TransNewYork’s mission is to bring awareness to the issues facing the transgender community and give guidance and support to individuals and their loved ones within an open and safe environment. We provide individual and group counseling and monthly meetings in which we address issues such as gender dysphoria and encourage transgender, non-binary individuals to share their stories. Our goal is to be a clearinghouse of information for transgender resources, activities, and events.
What were you doing before you founded TransNewYork?
I founded A Better Life Counseling and I own a decorative faucet company.
|Dr. Gennifer Herly, Trans New York Founder & Director|
How did you get the concept or idea for TransNewYork?
Living with my own gender identity issues I felt there was a great need for more understanding about overall gender identity as well as more resources were needed for the community.
What makes TransNewYork stand out when compared to other NPO in your field?
First and foremost I am a transgender woman who recently transitioned so I am fully aware of the complexity of coming out. Additionally I have a doctorate in psychology and I have been counseling the transgender community for over 8 years and travel across the country doing seminars at transgender conferences.
What are your goals for TransNewYork? Where do you hope to see TransNewYork in one, five, ten years?
Our goal is to become the Premier Counseling and Resource Organization for the Transgender Community. For this year we are proud to host the first 3-day transgender conference in NYC in October. Additionally, our goal for 2020 is to open our new facility on the Lower East Side in Manhattan. This expansion will allow us to further fulfill our mission and hire others in the LGBT community to help us with our work. In 5 years we would like to expand our footprint to other major metropolitan areas around the country. In 10 years we would like to expand to other cities internationally.
How did you find your way to NGLCC?
My good Friend Ashley Brundage is a member and she suggested I join it was the best advice I have ever received. I cannot say enough about the support and love I have received from the leadership and all of the members of the NGLCC.
How has being a member of the LGBT community impacted TransNewYork, if at all?
Being a member of the LGBT has greatly impacted TransNewYork. I have made so many friends who are genuine and they have a real interest in seeing my NPO succeed as well as help promote our Conference.
How can the membership benefit from working with you?
You will find I am advocating for all members of the LGBT community and I am dedicated to helping build bridges with friends and allies
What do you hope to impress upon the membership about TransNewYork?
That everything we do is from the heart and we are looking to educate others as well as bring people together.
What inspiring message do you have for the community?
I want all of humanity to feel the love and support that has been shown to me by the LGBT community. We need to expand our community to those outside of the LGBT community by promoting understanding between one another. The time has come to build bridges even with those who do not align with us out of their own fears.
To learn more about the first ever Trans conference in New York City, click here.
Written by Ingrid Galvez, Chair, Diversity & Inclusion, nglccNY
Organizational Development Consultant at THORP, a certified LGBTBE