• Sylvia Rivera
Sylvia Rivera was one of the earliest and most influential transgender rights activists following the Stonewall Inn uprising in 1969, at which she was present. She was close friends with Marsha P. Johnson, and spent almost her entire life fighting for civil rights reform, not only for gay and transgender people, but also for African Americans, and as part of the second-wave feminist movement.
Womyn's Herstory Month: Sylvia Rivera
Silvia Rivera is one of the foremothers of the trans rights movement, founder of STAR (the Street Transvestite Action Revolutionary project) along with Marsha P. Johnson and one of the early figures of "gay liberation" who was subsumed into the gay/lesbian movement by history.