Digital Transgender Archive

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Donna M. Cartwright Oral History

Donna Cartwright discusses her long history in the labor movement, as a socialist militant, in leading roles in trans rights organizing and LGBTQ organizations. She recounts her 30 years spent as a New York Times copy editor, active in the left caucus within the union of employees at the New York Times, and her leadership work with Pride at Work, the LGBTQ constituency group of the labor movement's AFL-CIO. She also describes controversy in the national trans organization GenderPAC, the her leading roles in the formation of New York Association for Gender Rights Advocacy (NYAGRA), Gender Right Advocacy Association of New Jersey (GRAANJ), and the National Center for Transgender Equality (NCTE). (Summary by Michelle Esther O'Brien.)