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#144 – Dean Spade

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Dean Spade is an American lawyer, author, trans activist, and law professor at Seattle University School of Law.

In 2002, he began the Sylvia Rivera Law Project1Sylvia Rivera Law Project. This project allotted free legal services to low-income and POC sexual minorities, such as transgender people, intersex people, and gender non-conforming people.

In 2011, he published his book Normal Life: Administrative Violence, Critical Trans Politics, and the Limits of Law.

#143 – Raffi Freedman-Gurspan

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Raffi Freedman-Gurspan is an American activist for transgender rights and longtime advocate on matters concerning LGBT people, gender, and human rights.

In 2009, she joined the Massachusetts Transgender Political Coalition (MTPC) to work on policy and legislative issues.

In 2015, she became Outreach and Recruitment Director at the White House, hired by President Barack Obama1Meet the White House’s first transgender staffer. She then became the official LGBT liaison for the White House in 2016.

#142 – Magnus Hirschfeld

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Magnus Hirschfeld was a German sexologist and physician known for his advocacy for sexual minorities.

In 1897, he founded the Scientific Humanitarian Committee, a group aiming to defend the rights of sexual minorities and repeal a section of the German penal code that criminalized homosexuality.

In 1910, he coined the term “transvestite” in his book The Transvestites: The Erotic Drive to Cross-Dress.

In 1919, he founded the Institute for Sexual Research (Institut für Sexualwissenschaft) to explore the science of sexuality1Institute of Sexology. All of its documents were burned in 1935 by Nazis.

In 1930, he began a world tour, visiting several countries to escape homophobic turmoil in Germany.

#137 – Brenda Howard

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Brenda Howard, a bisexual polyamorist and sex-positive feminist, is known as the “Mother of Pride” thanks to her work organizing the first ever LGBT pride march in 19701Bisexual Pioneer Brenda Howard Is the Mother of Pride.

She also served in the Coalition for Lesbian and Gay Rights and was a fixture in New York City’s LGBT community.

In 1987 she helped found the New York Area Bisexual Network. She also participated in the March on Washington that year as well as in 1993.

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