About Dallas

Dallas Denny has been a leader in the transgender rights movement since the 1980s. Her work as an advocate,  writer, editor, and community builder have played a significant role in the advancement of rights for transsexual and transgender people in North America and around the world. She lives in the greater New York Metropolitan Area. Engage her to consult, speak at your event, or write for your publication.

 

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Here I am in 1990, just after my gender transition.

 

Hello, and welcome to my website. You may have noticed I named these pages after myself—but it has nothing to do with ego, honest. I did so only because awesomefun.com, moreawesomefun.com, and evenyetmoreawesomefun.com were already taken.

I’m a writer and educator with many years experience both as a professional in the mental health field and as a writer, educator, and passionate and compassionate activist on transgender issues. Did I mention I myself am transsexual? My transition and surgery happened long ago and I get so caught up in my life and work I sometimes forget to disclose.

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I’m an accidental activist. That is, I didn’t initially set out to change the world. I was sucked in by my need to help others like myself. Because I had a horribly hard time finding reliable information and professionals who knew more about transsexualism than I did, I wanted those who came after me to have more information, support, and acceptance. Then I did set out to change the world, and I like to think in a small way I and others like me did. Things are certainly better for us than they were even a decade ago. Of course, we have a long way yet to go. Transgender and transsexual people are still being murdered worldwide at an alarming rate and we still face widespread discrimination and find ourselves unable to marry in many places. Okay, lend me an arm to lean on as I step off this soapbox.

I’ve done a great many amazing things in my career as an activist. Here are just a few:

  • Founded and was Executive Director of a 501(c)(3) nonprofit corporation (American Educational Gender Information Service, Inc., Now Gender Education & Advocacy, Inc.)
  • Worked with thousands of transgender people to help them make sense of their lives
  • Maintained a 24-hour national trans telephone help line
  • Was one of the founders of the national transgender conference Southern Comfort
  • Was founding board chair of Transgender Health & Educational Alliance, Inc.
  • Provided startup money for the first national conference for transmen
  • Served as director (for six years) of Fantasia Fair, the world’s longest-running transgender conference
  • Served as Editor-in-Chief of two nationally-distributed magazines and a half-dozen newsletters
  • Started a support group in Atlanta that is still going strong after twenty-five years
  • Attended and gave presentations at more than 100 professional and transgender conferences
  • Started an archive to preserve trans history (now located at the University of Michigan at Ann Arbor)
  • Wrote the first book-length non-autobiographical contribution to the scientific literature of transsexualism authored by an out transsexual
  • Compiled a comprehensive bibliography that weighed in at 750 pages, published in hard cover by Garland in 1994
  • Edited a text reprising Richard Green & John Money’s 1969 Transsexualism and Sex Reassignment, with new contributions from both authors
  • Wrote or co-wrote more 20 chapters in textbooks and a dozen or more articles for professional journals
  • Penned hundreds of articles for magazines and newsletters and thousands of blog posts
  • In the early days of public internet started (so far as I know) the first online transgender news distribution service
  • Developed an automated telephone system that allowed callers to listen to hundreds of messages about transsexualism
  • Served on the board of directors of nearly a dozen organizations
  • Appeared on television and radio shows dozens of times, was interviewed by dozens of print and television reporters, and was once even mentioned on Rush Limbaugh’s radio show
  • Gave hundreds of presentations at colleges and universities and civic organizations
  • Gave perhaps 20 keynote speeches
  • Provided initial warnings to the transgender community about bad surgeons, injected silicone, polycystic ovarian syndrome, overindulgence in hormones, and ineffective methods of hair removal
  • Was involved in community discussions that let to the rise of the term transgender
  • Co-wrote a paper about terminology that helped redefine language use in professional journals

I’ve accomplished a lot, and my intention is to share my work with you on this website.

I’d love to speak at your school or conference. Invite me!

My Official Bio

Dallas Denny is renowned for her work on advocacy, policy issues, and health practices involving transsexual and transgendered people. She has served as an advisor to the World Professional Association for Transgender Health, The University of Michigan, the Centers for Disease Control, the city of Atlanta, journalists, and filmmakers. For nearly twenty years she taught a class on transgender issues at Emory University. She has made hundreds of presentations and delivered many keynote talks at universities, businesses, professional organizations, and conferences.

Dallas has published three books and written or co-written more than 20 chapters in textbooks, hundreds of articles, editorials, and columns for magazines and journals, and assorted booklets and pamphlets. She is former Editor-In-Chief of the journals Chrysalis and Transgender Tapestry and founding executive director of the American Educational Gender Information Service, Inc, which is now known as Gender Education & Advocacy, Inc.

In the 1990s Dallas donated her extensive collection of written and filmed books, papers, magazines, and ephemera to AEGIS. The collection, now known as the National Transgender Library & Archive, is permanently housed at the University of Michigan Library.

Dallas was founding board chair of Transgender Health & Educational Alliance, one of a number of founders of the Southern Comfort conference,  past Director of the Fantasia Fair conference, former board chair of Real Life Experiences, Inc, and current board member of Gender Education & Advocacy, Inc. She has been honored with the major awards of the transgender community. In 1990, she founded the still-existing Atlanta Gender Explorations Support Group. She is past board member of The Outreach Institute and Atlanta Pride and past director of the Montgomery Medical & Psychological Institute.

Dallas holds the B.S. and M.A. degrees in psychology and for many years was licensed to practice psychology in Tennessee. She retired her license after moving to Georgia, which has no equivalent license. She is an accomplished applied behavior analyst with extensive experience in behavioral programming with adults and children with developmental disabilities.

Dallas is available for writing and editing assignments, development of transgender-related policies, public speaking, and private counseling on transsexual and transgender issues.

 

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