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Empire Justice Memo of Support: Protect New Yorkers from Discrimination and Hate Crimes Based on Gender Identity or Expression

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Milo Primeaux

LGBT Rights Project Staff Attorney

Telesca Center for Justice
One West Main Street, Suite 200
Rochester, NY  14614

p: 585-295-5721 f: 585-454-4019

Milo Primeaux is a queer-identified transgender man and the staff attorney of our LGBT Rights Project – an initiative started in 2013 by former Hanna S. Cohn Equal Justice Fellow Julia Sáenz.

In this position, Milo provides direct legal services to low-income lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer (LGBTQ) individuals in the greater Rochester area on a variety of legal issues related to their status as LGBTQ. He is particularly interested in assisting transgender clients with legal name changes and obtaining accurate identity documents, employment discrimination issues, healthcare and health insurance access issues, difficulties experienced by aging and elderly LGBTQ individuals, and unique barriers faced by LGBTQ active military service people, veterans, and their dependents. Milo also works on a variety of policy issues impacting LGBTQ communities, and provides training and technical support for attorneys, courts, and LGBTQ people statewide. He approaches all of this work through a critical racial and economic justice lens, recognizing that low-income LGBTQ individuals of color are most adversely impacted by systemic discrimination and require supportive legal services to help them overcome the compounded barriers they face.

Previously as an Equal Justice Works AmeriCorps Legal Fellow for 2014-2015 at Whitman-Walker Health in Washington, DC, Milo focused on reducing legal barriers to employment for transgender communities in DC, Maryland, and Virginia. He managed a monthly Name & Gender Change Legal Clinic, and assisted over 250 transgender clients with legal issues related to accessing accurate identity documents. Additionally he facilitated the DC Transgender Employment Task Force, a coalition formed to address and overcome systemic barriers to employment faced by transgender and gender-nonconforming individuals in the greater DC area.

During law school, Milo founded the Organization for Transgender Health Empowerment Resources (OTHER), a non-profit committed to increasing access to adequate and competent health care for all transgender and gender-nonconforming people. He has also worked for the health initiative of the Community Service Society, volunteered for Health Care for All New York (HCFANY), interned at the Transgender Legal Defense and Education Fund and the Legal Aid Society in New York City, and served for three years on the NYC Bar Association LGBT Committee.

Milo received his law degree from the City University of New York (CUNY) School of Law, and is licensed to practice in New York State.

Practice Area(s):
Civil Rights