Joan’s House Media Page

KCBS – Dec. 27, 2016

Michelle-Lael Norsworthy (Founder) and Dr. Erica Anderson (Chairperson) were interviewed about Joan’s House on KCBS. Listen to it here.

Huffington Post – Nov. 15, 2016

Michelle-Lael Norsworthy (Founder) writes an article explaining why inmates need gender affirming surgery and the reasons she wants to see Joan’s House come into existence.

“Along the way, I was very disappointed by the lack of support from advocacy groups that are supposed to be on my side; instead of giving me the help I needed, they just wanted to use me to advance their agenda. I’ve used this to fuel my mission though. After all, if I could navigate the Department of Corrections, I can navigate anything. My dream is to open a home called Joan’s House, a safe place for other transgender men and women to become their true selves. I want to use my experience navigating through the confusing system to help others as they seek the medical care they need for their own gender dysphoria.”

Read more here.

San Francisco Chronicle – Feb. 10, 2017

The SF Chronicle reports on Michelle-Lael Norsworthy (Founder) and her upcoming gender affirming surgery. The article also includes a mention of Norsworthy’s work with Joan’s House.

“Norsworthy’s surgery was covered by Medi-Cal. She directs a nonprofit organization that is raising money to open a home in San Francisco called Joan’s House for other transgender individuals during their periods of transition.”

Read more here.

VICE – Feb. 10, 2017

A feature about Michelle-Lael Norsworthy (Founder) was published as she underwent her gender affirming surgery, as well as chronicling her plans for Joan’s House following the procedure.

“Norsworthy is ready to keep pushing for the rights of trans women. After her surgery, she looks forward to opening Joan’s House, a nonprofit she’s working on to provide supportive housing for trans women in San Francisco, and plans to partner with Healthright 360, a network of medical clinics in California.”

Read more here.

Advocate – March 7, 2017

An article was published detailing how Michelle-Lael Norsworthy (Founder) made history while in prison, and her plans for Joan’s House now that she’s free.

“That doesn’t mean Norsworthy has given up. The firebrand has a new goal in sight. She’s founded a nonprofit organization and is intent on opening Joan’s House Shelter, which will offer women and trans people (especially recent parolees) transitional housing and food. It’s another fight ignited by her own experiences. Released into the San Francisco Bay Area with what she calls a “1980s skill set,” Norsworthy learned the hard way that the tech boom has displaced the region’s trans (and working-class) residents and sent real estate prices skyrocketing. There simply was no housing available for people like her.”

Read more here.

Washington Blade – Jan. 28, 2017

Michelle-Lael Norsworthy’s (Founder) article about why surgery is necessary for inmates, and her plans to open Joan’s House, was republished.

“My dream is to open a home called Joan’s House, a safe place for other transgender men and women to become their true selves. I want to use my experience navigating through the confusing system to help others as they seek the medical care they need for their own gender dysphoria.”

Read more here.

Bay Area Reporter – April 6, 2017

Michelle-Lael Norsworthy (Founder) spoke to students at the University of San Francisco about rights for trans inmates and how her past fueled her focus to start Joan’s House.

“To that end [Norsworthy’s] focused on starting a nonprofit, Joan’s House, which she hopes will soon provide transitional housing and support to transgender people, regardless of their transition status.”

Read more here.

South Florida Gay News – Jan. 31, 2017

Joan’s House included in an article about Michelle-Lael Norsworthy’s (Founder) court case and victory versus the state of California.

“[Norsworthy] decided to advocate for herself, and also for others. A year to the date of her release, she received nonprofit status from the government for her charity, Joan’s House Shelter. Here, she wants to create a safe haven for transgender people.”

Read more here.

My Social Good News – Jan. 23, 2017

Joan’s House was featured as a nonprofit to help transgender individuals.

“Joan’s House, a non-profit shelter, will soon be providing transitional housing and support for women and transgender individuals in the San Francisco Bay Area. It will offer a safe place of shelter for trans persons (regardless of their transition status), support services, and works to eliminate the prejudice and discrimination transgender individuals and women face.”

Read more here.