Honoring the Legacy of Sylvia Rivera
June 27, 1969, Sylvia Rivera, a 17-year-old drag queen from
the Bronx, led the charge at the Stonewall Riots.
At approximately 5:00 a.m. Tuesday morning,
February 19, 2002 this long-time queer warrior, Miss Sylvia
Rivera, died in St. Vincent's Hospital after a strong fight with
Acronyms -- The "T" in GLBT (Transgender/ Transsexual and
Sylvia Rivera was the famous transgendered woman who
was at the Stonewall Inn, New York City, on the night of 27th of
June, 1969, the night that a riot at the bar, touched off the
open radicalization of the Gay Liberation Movement. She
literally led the charge, fought back against police harassment
directed at the most visible members of the community.
In the next few years she was active in the
Gay Liberation Front, actively participating in the growing Gay
Rights Movement, until the gay men betrayed the transgender
community and she was personally trashed by the lesbian
community in the first year of the
Backlash in 1973.
In 1970, less than a year after the infamous
Stonewall Riots, Sylvia Rivera joined forces with another
Stonewall veteran, the late Marsha P. Johnson, to form the group
Street Transvestite Action Revolutionaries (STAR). Later renamed
Street Transgender Action Revolutions, STAR and Sylvia Rivera
worked tirelessly for the civil rights of transgender and other
Across the country and around the globe, she was frequently
called on to address audiences of rising activists and
advocates. Sylvia's firebrand demeanor was world-renowned and
instrumental in galvanizing the transgender community to fight
to further the cause of justice for all.
Rivera was involved in the struggle for human rights until the
moment of her death.
Last year, Rivera resurrected STAR in response to the
high-profile murder of transsexual prostitute, Amanda Milan. Ms.
Rivera herself was the spearhead of both the vigil immediately
following Milan's death, and another awareness vigil before the
beginning of the murder trial of Milan's killers.
Recently, just out of the hospital, Sylvia participated in the
lobbying effort to include gender identity in New York State's
pending SONDA (Sexual Orientation Non-Discrimination Act). She
challenged the lead organization, ESPA (Empire State Pride
Agenda) to push for revised wording to expand the coverage to
Rivera met with the leadership of the Empire State Pride Agenda
in her hospital room just hours before her death, presenting the
issues of concern to the community and negotiating for greater
support from ESPA. She left the national GLBT community as she
had begun: a true and outspoken activist who was totally
committed, and who never knew the word "quit."
Now with new acronyms: FTM (Female to Male) and MTF (Male to
Female), one cannot help but honor and celebrate the life of
Sylvia Rivera for her activism to include
transgender/transsexual issues in the gay and lesbian movement.
In her words: "Today I'm a
38-year-old drag queen. I can keep my long hair, I can pluck my
eyebrows, and I can work wherever the hell I want. And I'm not
going to change for anybody. If I changed, then I feel that I'm
losing what 1969 brought into my life, and that was to be
Resources For FTMs (Female To Male)
stands for Female-to-Male. This site
is the internet contact point for the largest, longest-running
educational organization serving FTM transgendered people and
We are a diverse group.
We come from different backgrounds, including every imaginable
sexual orientation, and are multicultural. We range in age from
our teens to our 70s and include persons who are just beginning
to examine gender issues as well as persons who have been
dealing with them for many years.
We are here to help
- whether in the form of
providing information, or through our
publications, through support from
who are willing to help if you need someone to talk to, or
through our list of online
links, and also through our monthly
is the name of this web site. Transster is a repository for
images of FTM gender reassignment surgery results.
At Transster, FTM transsexuals can upload pictures of their own
surgical results, as well as search and sort through images
other transmen have submitted.
You MUST create a login ID in order to view and add GRS surgery
pictures. Without a login this site is useless.
Transster is meant only for transmen and their SOFFAs. If
anyone is interested in hosting a similar site for transwomen
the code is available for free, or check out Anne Lawrence's
|Leslie Feinberg -- Transgender Warrior|
Change is a political lobbying and educational
organisation, which campaigns to achieve equal civil rights
and liberties for all transgender people in the United
Kingdom, through legislation and social change. |
|Trans History --
|Transgender Gazebo on Gay.com:
|Significant Other's Support -- Local
Support Groups for SOFFAs of FTMs|
|Other Trans Resources: http://kpscapes.tripod.com/resources.html|
|Faster Than Life -- e-zine for FTMs|
FTM: Female-to-Male Transsexuals in Society.
Bloomington, IN: Indiana University Press (720 pages).
the book jacket:
"More exists among human beings
than can be answered by the simplistic question I’m hit
with every day of my life: "Are you a man or a woman?"
Charming Man: The charismatic life and horrific death of
On New Year's Eve, 1993, two young men drove
to a farmhouse in rural Nebraska and killed the three people
inside. Their victims were the farmhouse's residents, a
24-year-old single mother and a 22-year-old man, and a
21-year-old drifter who was taking refuge at the house following
recent trouble in nearby Falls City.
The drifter was a slight, muscular, short-haired woman named
Teena Brandon. The two men who shot her, Tom Nissen and John
Lotter, had known her as a slight, muscular, affable young man
named Brandon Teena until a week earlier, when, upon discovering
her true gender, they drove her out to the Nebraska countryside
and raped her in the back of their car on Christmas Eve. When
Brandon pressed charges, the two men, both ex-convicts, decided
to kill her.
Activist, writer, columnist:
“James” Green is the former President of
FTM International, Inc.
the world's largest information and
Photo by Mariette Pathy Allen, 1999
Jamison "James" Green is
the former president of
International, Inc. the world's largest information and
networking group for female-to-male transgendered people and
transsexual men. He has served as a role model and inspiration
for hundreds of new men, and he has also earned the respect and
admiration of gender-conscious people everywhere because of his
refusal to accept shame and discrimination as a condition of
life for gender-different people. His public presentations have
a powerful effect on audiences everywhere: his ability to
conceptualize and express his understanding of gender
contributes to greater tolerance and acceptance of diversity and
he is in the forefront of the movement to redefine gender to be
less constraining for everyone. He is a writer of both fiction
and non-fiction, and a consulting editor of the FTM Newsletter.
He created FTM International, Inc. in 1994 out of the San
Francisco FTM support group that he led since March 1991, and he
left the organization administration on August 1, 1999 to make
room for other leadership and have more time for his creative
Source: Sound Portraits.org
National Transgender Advocacy Coalition
Two Dads With a Difference—Neither of Us Was Born Male
Loren Cameron was born in 1959 in
Pasadena, California and spent his early teens in rural
Arkansas. He moved to San Francisco in 1979 and has been a Bay
Area resident ever since. From the age of 16, Cameron was
sexually and socially identifying as a lesbian. It was in 1987
that Cameron began his transition from female to male.
We invite you to view some of Loren
Cameron’s photographic images in our photo gallery. Once you
have finished looking at each page, please click the “Next”
button to go to the next page in the gallery.
All the works on this site, including all works in the Gallery,
are copyrighted by Loren Cameron and are digitally watermarked.
Please note: You may click on
yellow text to view an enlarged copy.
Gallery -- WARNING There are some graphic photos of FTM
Cook-Daniels -- His Life and Struggles. Includes
articles by her lover of 17 years,
Cathay Williams was a former
female slave from Independence, Missouri, who searched for a job
after the Civil War was over. She tried out for a cooking job in the
Union Army. But she found out she did not like cooking food for the
soldiers. She decided to become a seamstress for the army instead.
But she soon found out she did not like sewing uniforms for the
soldiers, either. Cathay decided to join the Buffalo Soldiers. But
no women were allowed at that time to fight in the U. S. Army. So
Cathay changed her name to William Cathay and enlisted in the U. S.
Army. She loved her job as a soldier and was the only women ever to
be a Buffalo Soldier.