Samuel Lurie has been involved in trans advocacy and activism since the late 1990s, where he was one of the original organizers of the True Spirit Conference in Washington, DC. Since then he has worked in education, public health and organizational change, training over 30,000 providers in 30 states on transgender issues and access to health care. He lives in Vermont, where he helped to start the Trans Health Clinic at the area Federally Qualified Health Center and has worked on policy change for trans inclusion on state and local levels. He is especially proud of a victory in 2013 that eliminated trans-exclusions in insurance coverage in the state.
After many years training clinicians, Samuel decided he wanted to become one and went back to school for a clinical MSW from Smith College School for Social Work in Northampton, MA. He works now as a clinician in community mental health and has a small private practice that includes working with queer, trans and gender-questioning clients and their families.
Samuel is excited about joining the Center of Excellence National Advisory Board and is especially interested in continuing to strengthen resources for accessing care, especially in rural and hard-to-reach areas; in supporting research on trans health; and to build a network of trans-identified providers for consultation, supervision and advising other programs.