March 17, 2011

>Women's History Month Heroes: Andy Marra

>GLSEN is proud to honor Women's History Month by celebrating contributions of women to the LGBT and safe schools movements. Throughout March we will be recognizing heroes who have made significant contributions to the LGBT and safe schools movements. Click here for more information, and keep reading all month long for new additions!

Andy Marra (b. 1985) was originally born in Seoul, Korea and adopted by a conservative New York family at the age of six months. Andy identified as transgender from a very young age and quickly became involved with activism at every level. She began working with GLSEN as a student organizer, and was described by The Advocate as “one of the youngest leaders to know within the lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) movement.” Andy was the youngest co-director of the New York State Dignity for All Students Coalition, an association of 125+ organizations which worked to pass an all inclusive non-discrimination/ harassment bill for NY public schools, which became law in 2010. At the age of 20 Andy became the youngest person in history to ever lead a national LGBT organization when she was elected Board President for the National Center for Transgender Equality. Andy also served as the Senior Media Strategist for the Gay & Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation. She is now the co-director of Nodutdol, a Korean community development organization, yet remains an avid advocate and valuable resource for the LGBT community.

We want to know who your heroes are! If you know a woman who has contributed to the LGBT and safe schools movement, post about them on the Gay-Straight Alliances Facebook page. You can also tweet your heroes to @DayofSilence using the #GLSENWHM hash tag!


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