The Virginia Prince Transgender Pioneer Awards
Honoring those transgender leaders who changed the world...
Every year, Fantasia Fair's parent organization Real Life Experiences,Inc. honors transgender leaders - those who have sacrificed their careers,
their families, their fortunes to change the world so transgendered people could begin to come together in safety and comfort. Without them,
we would not be here; we would be at home, hiding in our closets. Please Support
The Transgender Pioneer Awards Fund
The individuals that we honor each year recognize the importance of supporting the community and
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We meet to honor their work and thank them for all they have done for us and to give them back a little in return for their decades of work on
Mara KeislingTransgender Pioneer 2012
Mara Keisling is a transgender-identified woman and a parent and is widely considered to be one of the nation’s leading voices for transgender equality.
Mara is an alumnus of Penn State University and she did her graduate work at Harvard University in American Government. Mara is a founding board member of the
Stonewall Democracy Fund, and has served on the board of Directors of Common Roads, an LGBTQ Youth Group, and on the steering committee of the Statewide
Pennsylvania Rights Coalition.
In 2003, recognizing the need for a cohesive voice in Washington for transgender people, Mara founded the National Center for Transgender Equality (NCTE),
a social justice organization dedicated to advancing equality through advocacy, collaboration and empowerment. This organization was part of coalition efforts
that have won significant advances in transgender equality such as the passage of the first ever transgender-inclusive federal legislation, modification of
the State Department rules for changing gender markers on passports, and the historic first Congressional Hearing on transgender issues.
Mara regularly appears on news outlets such as CNN and CSPAN, and is often quoted in the New York Times, the Washington Post and hundreds of other national
and local print and electronic media. Amongst her many recognitions, Ms. Keisling was name Harvard University's Outstanding LGBT Person of the Year in 2005.
It is with great honor that board of directors of Real Life Experiences continues this recognition by naming Mara Keisling the Virginia Prince Transgender
Pioneer for 2012.
Information about previous recipients of the Virginia Prince Transgender Pioneer Award may be found Pioneer Award Recipients page.
The 2012 Virginia Prince Transgender Pioneer Award Banquet: A Royal Affair
This year, those of who abide in the colonies, experienced a great deal of Royal excitement. It began with the wedding of Prince William and Kate Middleton,
and continued on through the Diamond Jubilee, the 60th anniversary of Her Gracious Majesty, Queen Elizabeth II. Those of you in the colony that revolted may
not appreciate the importance, drama, and enthusiasm these events engendered. It was, to put it mildly, a lot of fun, with all sorts of pomp and circumstance.
This year, in honour of these events, and with respect to our Colonial Fair attendees (including your devoted Director), we are celebrating the Royal. The
theme for Tuesday night is A Royal Affair. At the least, it means dress your most formal. If you are of a mind, your can also create a fascinator, a head
piece that attaches to the side of the head and is adorned with ribbons, feathers, or anything that takes you fancy. You can find a crown, a tiara, a broad
formal hat, maybe a sash with medals. Who knows? The Royal Blue sky is the limit.
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