Community Conversation

Community Conversation: TGNCNB Legislative Advocacy 
Anti-TGNCNB legislation has been proposed and passed across the nation and the Hudson Valley is not immune.  Join TGNCNB advocates Elijah Nichols, a Field Organizer with the National LGBTQ Task Force, and Joann Prinzivalli, founder and state director of the New York Transgender Rights Organization (NYTRO) for a conversation on local, state and federal legislation and calls to action people can do. Moderated by Ejike Figueira, Peer Navigator, The LOFT's TSHV: Trans Support of the Hudson Valley program. 

Feel free to get to know our TGNCNB advocates for this Community Conversation led by Elijah Nichols and Joann Prinzivalli
Elijah Nichols (They/She) 
Field Organizer
Washington, DC

Elijah utilizes their over 10 years of organizing and advocacy experiences to help build community and foster a commitment to the collective struggle for our liberation.

Originally from Michigan, Elijah chose to attend George Mason University and completed a Bachelor's in Government and International Politics with a focus on the intersection of class struggles with LGBTQ+ liberation.

Before the National LGBTQ+ Task Force, Elijah held the role as the Policy and Advocacy Director for Not My Generation, where they focused their time and energy on educational resource building and building out a strong field team. Of their accomplishments in the role, they are most proud of their work with the podcast series titled Root Causes and the democratically crafted “De-Policing the Gun Violence Prevention Movement Policy Playbook.” Additionally, they worked with organizations such as Giffords and Win Without War. Elijah, also, actively engages in local and state-level abolitionist movement work with small collectives and student organizers on the regular.

Outside of work, Elijah performs in Drag as “MasVusi” at local restaurants, bars, and nightclubs in the D.C. metropolitan area.


Contact Elijah:
[email protected]


Joann Prinzivalli (She/Her) 



 Joann Prinzivalli is an attorney, activist, co-founder of the transgender group at The LOFT LGBT Center in White Plains, and author of the trans-inclusive language used in the Westchester County Human Rights Law and Fair Housing law, and also drafted New York State's Gender Expression Non-Discrimination Act that was enacted as Chapter 8 of the Laws of 2019, 16 years after it was first introduced. In 2009, Joann commenced a lawsuit to compel the New York City Board of Health to revise its birth certificate amendment rules for transgender people born in New York City, successfully defending against the City’s motion to dismiss, because the City’s regulations were “arbitrary and capricious.” She has served on the Westchester County Executive’s LGBT Advisory Board since its inception and was once chair of the NYCLU's former Lower Hudson Valley Chapter board.

Joann lives in White Plains with her cat, Princess Natasha Marie The Destroyer, Mistress of All She Surveys, and her collection of guitars.