"If Rosalyne Blumenstein were a cat (which, in fact, she may be), she would be on her ninth life. It is hard to grasp that one person possesses such a wide range of professional and life experiences, combined with formal training and education. But the most important ingredient is keeping it all in your heart and sharing it with others. An open heart cannot be taught, it is only learned."
Puma Perl, writer, performer, LMSW
"I have been privileged to work alongside Rosalyne Blumenstein. She embodies every facet of a consummate social worker: self-reflective practitioner, insightful listener, resource connector, change agent, fierce advocate, and social justice warrior."
Tom Hill, MSW
"Rosalyne is a pioneer, a trailblazer, and an icon in the history of Trans advocacy and Trans health care. Each of us in the movement remain deeply in her debt for her insistence in both word and deed that #translivesmatter!"
Dr John Capozuca
"There are three types of people that come into you life those that you keep as friends, those that teach you a lesson, and third--those that kick your ass. Thats Roz, a light from which to see. She was there to “apply assertive encouragement & coaching” or in the argot of modern therapy: giving me a kick in the ass! Which I needed."
Amazon Eve…aka Erika
"Rosalyne is a true trailblazer; I know because we were in it together. She's one of the relatively few people on whose work, thought, and fierce energy the modern progressive transgender movement has been built. She's smart, compassionate, wise, and absolutely real."
Jamison Green, PhD
President, World Professional Association for Transgender Health (WPATH)
Author of Becoming a Visible Man
"Rosalyne has a gift for bringing a sharp and very funny wit together with skilled expertise in counseling which touches and heals everyone she works with. When she became the first to direct one of the first peer empowerment programs in the country for the trans community at the NYC then Lesbian and Gay Community Center (now LGBT Center), she faced many barriers and considerable hostility. Her unwavering visible and courageous leadership for trans-gender social justice is one of the foundations upon which the modern trans equality movement has been built and for that we lovingly refer to her as the community's "mother of dragons."
Dr Barbara Warren Director of LGBT Programs and Policy and Office of Diversity and Inclusion Mount Sanai Hospital NY
"Rosalyne Blumenstein, LCSW is the whole package: a strong and creative clinician, a trailblazing activist, and a quality trainer. " Wendy Ashley PsyD. California State University Northridge Asst Professor
“whether the discussion is sex work or social work, Rosalyne’s words mesmerize you.”
“… The lives of countless citizens have benefited from your leadership and vision.”
Bill Clinton 42nd US President
"Rosalyne was my social work clinical supervisor in hospice. To this day, she is the best teacher and mentor I have ever had. As a supervisor, she’s tough – and I will always be thankful for that. She pushed me to think beyond theories that I learned in the graduates school classroom, and by her forcing me to stretch myself, I learned how to better meet the needs of my patients and their families. Working with patients with end-of-life diagnoses is not easy, but Rosalyne helped me learn some incredibly invaluable skills: how not to be a whiner – and how to be as present with patients as possible, because with hospice patients, the present really, truly matters. "
Heather Lang CSW
“Rosalyne is amazing. With a rare combination of smart, tough and nurturing she has helped me to develop tools I continue to use every day to work my way through this wild thing that I call life. Therapy is not great for all people but everyone could benefit from time with Rosalyne”
Jake Mason Weho Dodge Ball
"Rosalyne clearly has a gift. Her way of being for others, her advocacy... seems effortless. Rosalyne works with people by meeting them where they are, without judgement or agenda. Her humor provides a great avenue of presence and connection with others. "
Yvonne Allbee, RN, MSN, PHN
Hospice Director of Patient Care Services.
"I have worked with Rosalyne for 5 years
in Hospice and Palliative Care. She is the best LCSW that I have worked with.
She thinks outside the box in difficult situations, works hard and is very
Kathy Overland, RN DPCS
“Rosalyne saved my life and then became my mentor. I reach out and channel her voice in my work every day. Let the buyer beware as she will always speak her truth and is one of the few truly original, insightful, aware and insurgent voices in our movement. I can never repay her but this lousy testimonial is a start. Way to go Roz!”
Carrie Davis, MSW
Chief Programs and Policy Officer
The Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual & Transgender Community Center