Mara Keisling

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Mara Keisling
Born (1959-09-29) September 29, 1959 (age 57)
Scranton, Pennsylvania (USA)
Nationality American
Occupation Executive director
Employer National Center for Transgender Equality (2003--present)
Known for Transgender rights activist

Mara Keisling (born September 29, 1959 in Scranton, Pennsylvania) is an American transgender rights activist and founding executive director of the National Center for Transgender Equality, based in Washington, DC.[1] She is a trans woman who started transitioning in her 40s.[2] A couple of years later, Keisling created the National Center for Transgender Equality to advocate for transgender rights in the United States.

Early life and education[edit]

One of seven siblings, Keisling grew up in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania. Her father was the governor's chief of staff.[3][unreliable source?] She attended Penn State University.[when?][1][unreliable source?]


National Center for Transgender Equality[edit]

Keisling founded the National Center for Transgender Equality in 2003.[1] During her time as Executive Director, the center has contributed to efforts that have resulted for numerous victories for the transgender equality movement, including the first congressional hearing related to the issues faced by transgender individuals, the passage of "transgender-inclusive federal legislation", and a revision of the State Department protocol for changing one's gender marker on their passport.[1] Keisling offers commentary on transgender issues, appearing on news channels such as CNN and C-SPAN, and offering quotes for newspapers including The New York Times and The Washington Post.[1]


Keisling works towards the goal of transgender equality through lobbying, public education, and building coalitions with other progressive organizations and causes.[citation needed]

Personal life[edit]

Keisling is a parent[1] and formerly lived in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania.[4] She is a trans woman who started transitioning in her 40s, in 2000.[2]


  1. ^ a b c d e f "Staff". National Center for Transgender Equality. Retrieved 18 August 2014.  |section= ignored (help)
  2. ^ a b Sean Bugg (August 18, 2004). "Trans Mission". Metro Weekly. Retrieved March 20, 2015. At the age of forty, a time when many people are contemplating the middle of their lives, Mara Keisling was at the beginning of a new one. In January 2000, she began her transition into life as a woman. 
  3. ^ "Mara Keisling, Transgender Activist". It's a Queer World. Retrieved 18 August 2014.  |first1= missing |last1= in Authors list (help)
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