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Recognizing Outstanding Transgender and Gender-Nonconforming Individuals in the Struggle for LGBT Equality


In honor of the 40th anniversary of Stonewall, the International
Court System, in collaboration with the National Gay and Lesbian Task
Force, is recognizing 40 transgender and gender- nonconforming
individuals for their contribution toward lesbian, gay, bisexual and
transgender (LGBT) equality.

To mark this occasion, the International Court System is showcasing these "40 Trans Heroes" on its Web site at
to highlight the importance of the transgender and gender-nonconforming
community as an equal and important part of the broader LGBT community.
The "40 Trans Heroes" were solicited and selected from hundreds of
nominations by a special committee of the International Court Council.

"This is by no means a complete list or a 'best of' or 'top 10'
list. It is merely a beginning tribute to the thousands of transgender
and gender-nonconforming individuals that have made our modern-day
movement possible," says Thom Hansen, president of the International
Court Council. "This momentous tribute to the transgender community is
a long time coming. The International Court System is honored to
partner with the Task Force. Together, we pay tribute to those whose
lives and works have impacted each and every one of us."

"On the 40th anniversary of the Stonewall riots, let's remember the
legacy of those who started our struggle for equality and liberation,"
says Rea Carey, executive director of the National Gay and Lesbian Task
Force. "Recognizing 40 of the many transgender and gender-nonconforming
individuals who have worked tirelessly and passionately in favor of
full LGBT equality throughout these four decades is a reminder of the
determination and persistence of the transgender community and of the
human spirit. Let's continue to honor these important contributions
toward a more just and equal society for all of us."

The International Court System will present a commemorative plaque
inscribed with the names of these outstanding individuals on June 25 to
be placed at the Stonewall Inn.

For more information about the International Court System and "Stonewall 40 - 40 Trans Heroes," please visit

"40 Trans Heroes"

Sylvia Rivera, Shannon Price Minter, Mara Keisling,
Jose Julio Sarria, Ru Paul, Marsha Botzer, Nicole Murray-Ramirez,
Norma Kristie, Masen Davis, Melissa Sklarz, Lady Bunny, Leslie
Gunner Scott, Lynn Conway, Chi Chi LaRue, Marsha P. Johnson, Riki
Barbra Casbar Siperstein, Yosenio Lewis, Robin Tyler, Coco LaChine,
Valerie Spencer, Jim Flynn, Nancy Nangeroni, Lady Chablis, Rosalinda
dela Luna, Cecilia Chung, Loren Cameron, Maria Roman, Theresa Sparks,
Karina Samala,
Grace Sterling Stowell, Donna Sachet, Shirley Bushnell, Cole Thaler,
Darcell, Jamison Green, Sister Roma, Billy deFrank, Frank Marino.

To learn more about the National Gay and Lesbian Task Force, follow us on Twitter: @TheTaskForce.

The National LGBTQ Task Force advances full freedom, justice and equality for LGBTQ people. We are building a future where everyone can be free to be their entire selves in every aspect of their lives. Today, despite all the progress we've made to end discrimination, millions of LGBTQ people face barriers in every aspect of their lives: in housing, employment, healthcare, retirement, and basic human rights. These barriers must go. That's why the Task Force is training and mobilizing millions of activists across our nation to deliver a world where you can be you. Join us!