Harvard University Names Mara Keisling, Exe. Dir. of the National Center for Transgender Equality,
Outstanding LGBT Person of the Year

Transgender Leader to Deliver Annual Papadopoulos Lecture at Harvard on Remarkable Progress of the Modern Transgender Civil Rights Movement

Washington, DC — The National Center for Transgender Equality is proud to announce that founding executive director Mara Keisling has been named Outstanding Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender (LGBT) Person of the Year at Harvard University.

She is the second alum to be honored with this annual award from the Harvard Bisexual, Gay, Lesbian, Transgender, and Supporters Alliance (BGLTSA). In addition to this tremendous honor, Ms. Keisling has been invited to deliver the annual Papadopoulos Lecture on LGBT issues at the university on Tuesday, May 9.

Ms. Keisling did her graduate work at Harvard in American Government, and was recently a featured speaker at Harvard's Trans Awareness Rally where students celebrated the addition of “gender identity” to the university’s nondiscrimination policy.

“It is an honor to be recognized with this award from one of the preeminent institutions of higher learning,” said Mara Keisling, executive director of the National Center for Transgender Equality (NCTE). “It speaks to just how far the movement for transgender civil rights has come in the past decade. I’m proud to be asked to speak to the Harvard community about the victories transgender advocates have made—and continue to make—against tremendous odds.”

What: 2006 Papadopoulos Lecture given by Mara Keisling

When:             Tuesday, May 9th, 7:30-8:30pm Harvard Hall 104
Open Reception: 8:30-10:00pm at the Harvard Faculty Club

Where: Lecture, Harvard Hall 104. Open Reception, Harvard Faculty Club

About the Nicholas Papadopoulos Fund and Lecture
The purpose of the Fund is to support an address or panel on a topic in gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) studies or of special interest to the LGBT community at Harvard. The Fund honors the legacy of Nicholas Papadopoulos who earned both Masters of Science and Doctor of Philosophy degrees in Engineering in 1977 and 1980 respectively. Mr. Papadopoulos died in 1994 from complications with AIDS.

About the National Center for Transgender Equality (NCTE):
The National Center for Transgender Equality is a national social justice organization devoted to ending discrimination and violence against transgender people through education and advocacy on national issues of importance to transgender people. The National Center for Transgender Equality is a 501(c)3 organization. For more information, please visit


Last updated: May 9, 2006