Miss Major
Photo: Mary Rozzi, The September Issues

Miss Major is a Black, transgender elder and activist who has fought for nearly fifty years to create a better world for her trans and gender nonconforming community.

Major is a veteran of the infamous Stonewall Riots, a former sex worker, and a survivor of Dannemora Prison and Bellevue Hospital’s “queen tank.” Her global legacy of activism is rooted in her own experiences, and she continues her work to uplift transgender women of color, particularly those who have survived incarceration and police brutality.

Miss Major’s fierce commitment and intersectional approach to justice has brought her to the forefront of many causes, including caring for people with HIV/AIDS, working with trans prisoners, and currently, mentoring her ‘gurls’ from Little Rock, Arkansas, where she runs House of GG, a retreat center for Black trans and gender nonconforming leaders from the Southern U.S.

Upcoming creative projects include executive producing the film Trans in Trumpland (streaming in fall 2020), and a book on her life’s activism written collaboratively with her longtime assistant, Toshio Meronek (out in 2021).

She has spoken publicly at thousands of events: at universities, community spaces, and even the United Nations in Geneva. Find out how to bring Miss Major to your community here.

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