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OUT100: Mara Kiesling

OUT100: Mara Kiesling

Photography by JUCO | Retouching by Anna Glen at Wet Noodle

The Moment: December 19, 1961: The premiere of the film The Children’s Hour, based on the play by Lillian Hellman

Since 2003, activist Mara Keisling (right) has been advocating for transgender Americans as the founding executive director of the National Center for Transgender Equality, and has been instrumental in making outdated government policies more inclusive. The organization’s efforts have improved the process of updating gender on government records, increased access to trans-related health care, and strengthened non-discrimination stances in businesses, housing, and schools. Says Keisling, “It’s really been an incredible year.”

Photographed at George Brown Studio, New York on September 17, 2014

Shirt and Sweater by Banana Republic.

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