Identity

Trans Activist Miss Major Griffin-Gracy Tells Us Why Progress Is Still a Long Way Off

Don't be fooled by Hollywood's recent openness to the trans community, the longtime activist says.
June 6, 2016, 5:20pm

Before Caitlyn Jenner and Janet Mock, there was Miss Major Griffin-Gracy. Photo courtesy of 'Major!' documentary

In the world of trans activism, Miss Major Griffin-Gracy has been at the forefront of the fight for equality for more than 40 years. She was front and center at the infamous Stonewall riots in 1969, became an advocate for prisoner's rights through the 70s and 80s, and, after a move to San Francisco in the 90s, began working closely with the HIV/AIDS community. And in a new documentary Major! , premiering at the Inside Out festival, filmmaker Annalise Ophelian tracks Gracy's current work for trans people of color through the TGI Justice Project, which advocates for transgender women of color who have been through the prison system.