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Dr. Susan Sage Heinzelman, Director 2505 University Avenue, A4900, Burdine Hall 536, Austin Texas 78712 • 512-471-5765

Transgender activist, Miss Major to speak

Thu, September 24, 2009 • 6:00 PM • Texas Union, Santa Rita Room

“Stonewall and the Transgender Community Today”

Miss Major is a black, formerly incarcerated, male-to-female transgender elder. She has been an activist and advocate in her community for over forty years, mentoring and empowering many of today’s transgender leaders to stand tall, step into their own power, and defend their human rights. 


Miss Major was at the Stonewall uprisings in ’69, has worked at HIV/AIDS organizations throughout California, was an original member of the first all-transgender gospel choir and is a father, mother, grandmother, and grandfather to her own children and to many in the transgender community.


She has given speeches and trainings to audiences of transgender and non-transgender people and has received numerous awards for her work.  In 2008, she testified to the United Nations in Geneva, Switzerland about the abuses of transgender women of color in the US.


Currently, Miss Major works as the Community Organizing Director at TGI Justice Project where she instills hope and a belief in a better future to the girls that are currently incarcerated and those coming home. 




The Gender and Sexuality Center, a unit of the Division of Diversity and Community Engagement at UT Austin, provides safe spaces for all members of the UT Austin community to explore, organize, and promote learning around issues of gender and sexuality. The center also facilitates a greater responsiveness to the needs of women and the LGBTQ communities through education, outreach and advocacy.


Support for event also received from the Center for Women and Gender Studies, John L. Warfield Center for African and African American Studies, Multicultural Information Center, LGBTQ/Sexualities Research Cluster, and ALLGO (a statewide queer people of color organization).






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