Check the original document to verify accuracy. Welcome to the Sylvia Rivera Law Project’s ID Change Resource, our step-by-step guide to updating your identification documents in New York. Born in New York City in 1951, Sylvia Rivera had a rocky start to life. Sylvia Rivera was born a Puerto Rican/Venezuelan effeminate boy whose birth father had disappeared and her mother’s second husband was a drug dealer who showed no interest in children. Historical records and family trees related to Sylvia Rivera. Most of the facts listed here are pulled from Stonewall and her Randy Wicker documentary interview, also shared from Reina Gosset, available on Vimeo. This text is machine-read, and may contain errors. Rivera lived a turbulent life. She was alongside Sylvia Rivera at the beginning of the Stonewall riots, and together they founded S.T.A.R. She was born in 1951 in New York to a Puerto Rican father and a Venezuelan mother. Records may include photos, original documents, family history, relatives, specific dates, locations and full names. Street Transvestite Action Revolutionaries (STAR) was a gay, gender non-conforming and transgender street activist organization founded in 1970 by Sylvia Rivera and Marsha P. Johnson, subculturally-famous New York City drag queens of color.
Her mother’s early death and father’s frequent absence left Rivera bouncing from one place to another, enduring abuse for her effeminate presentation. Though Rivera passed away in 2002, her legacy and dedication to her community still thrives. ***This page is our resource guide for changing your ID documents when agencies are in full service operation. *** Please visit this page for our updates on these services during the COVID-19 pandemic. In the early 1960’s, she began engaging in sex work alongside other trans women and drag queens. Thankfully, Sylvia Rivera’s involvement in the Stonewall Riots has been documented in Martin Duberman’s book, Stonewall. STAR was a radical political collective that also provided housing and support to homeless queer youth and sex workers in Lower Manhattan. Kay Lahusen. Sylvia Rivera and friend in 1970. Without further ado, here are five facts about Sylvia Rivera: 1. NAME CHANGES FOR TRANSGENDER ADULTS IN NEW YORK STATE PRISONS Last Updated Spring 2017 LEGAL DISCLAIMER This manual was written by the staff at the Sylvia Rivera Law Project. She is the only transgender person to have a portrait in the Smithsonian’s National Portrait gallery, and her legacy lives on through the laudable work of the Sylvia Rivera Law Project, or SRLP.