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Transgender Women Services
Don't get discouraged, you are not alone. Life can be difficult when you are a transgender woman. It doesn't matter which stage of your reconstructive process you find yourself at, you face challenges and difficulties that affect you physically and emotionally. We are here for you. We have been part of your community for many years now, giving you respect, support and education, as well as the quality services that you deserve. Our groups and workshops, emotional support services, wellness program and TransLatina special events have been designed with you in mind; and with the assistance of other transgender women. For detailed information on each of these services, please select the menu option on the left of this page. All these services are confidential, free of charge and exclusively for transgender Latino women.
Symposiums & Workshops
Knowledge is power and we offer monthly symposiums and workshops in order to keep you up to date with many of topics of real relevance to you. Among these, we offer workshops on your rights as a transgender woman, immigration laws, access to healthcare services, hormones, reconstructive surgery, housing, health education and more. Workshops and symposiums are offered at our Queens and Bronx offices.
Emotional Support for Transgender Women
Many transgender women have been affected by HIV/AIDS and the risk of infection is always present. If you are HIV positive, the emotional support program offers information on strategies to live a better and healthier life. We can help you face challenges and overcome the obstacles that your life as a transgender HIV positive woman can bring. Remember, life is easier when we have support! If you are HIV negative, we offer you support, information and skills development so you can remain negative and protect yourself. We accomplish this through group interventions and private one on one conversations where we focus on your needs and personal situation. All of these services are offered free of charge. We understand each other by talking and listening. Come and be part of our TransLatina group sessions. You can share your experiences and knowledge and learn how to see problems and circumstances in a more optimistic way, focusing on solutions. In these groups and workshops we learn from each other. We discuss opportunities and challenges we face by being a transgender woman; we identify solutions and learn to grow as a person. We also organize social gatherings to share our concenrs and success among friends in a safe environment. We meet every month at the Queens and Bronx offices.
We offer annual educational special events focused on relevant topics for the Latino transgender community in New York. In June of 2005, we offered a one-day symposium exclusively focusing on health issues for transgender women. We covered topics on hormone effects, HIV prevention, spirituality, mental health, reconstructive surgery, legal rights among other. You can stay up to date by checking our Group Schedule, HAF's calendar of events, and joining our electronic mailing list as well.
Health & Wellness
Sometimes it is difficult to make the necessary changes in our lives in order to live a healthy and plentiful life. Our everyday challenges we face as a transgender person sometimes conflict with our goal of remaining HIV negative and live in a healthier way. It is understandable that you might want to speak to someone regarding ways of learning to keep a healthy lifestyle and make decisions that will ensure your well being. As part of this program, we will assign you a counselor who’s focus is to teach you about medical care, nutrition, safer sex negotiation techniques, drug use abstinence, your legal rights and other very important aspects of your life. This program is offered at our Bronx, Queens, and Manhattan offices.