Pauline Park
author, trainer, activist & community organizer (

B.A., philosophy, University of Wisconsin-Madison (1982)
M.Sc., European studies, London School of Economics & Political Science (1983)
Ph.D., political science, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (1994)
co-founder, New York Association for Gender Rights Advocacy (1998) (

chair, NYAGRA board of directors (2004–present)
chair, NYAGRA fundraising & development committee (January 2000-June 2005):
raised over $150,000 in funding for NYAGRA

co-founder, Queens Pride House (a center for the LGBT communities of Queens) (1997)
president of the board of directors, Queens Pride House (Aug. 2010-Sept. 2015)
acting executive director (May 2012-July 2015)
— the first openly transgendered executive director of any LGBT community center in the state of New York and the first Asian American executive director of any LGBT community center in the state of New York

co-founder, Out People of Color Political Action Club (OutPOCPAC) (2001)
(the first political club specifically by and for LGBT people of color in New York City)

member of the board of directors of the Transgender Legal Defense & Education Fund (TLDEF) (2004-2012)

led the campaign for the enactment of the New York City transgender rights law enacted in 2002
member, working group convened by the New York City Commission on Human Rights
to draft guidelines (adopted Dec. 2004) for implementation of the 2002 transgender rights law

first transgendered grand marshal in the history of the New York City Pride March (2005)

profiled in:

– “Envisioning Justice: The Journey of a Transgendered Woman” (2008): a documentary by Larry Tung about the life and work of Pauline Park, screened at the New York & San Francisco LGBT film festivals, Rhode Island International
Film Festival and numerous other venues

– “Al treilea sex” (interview with Pauline Park), Inklusiv (pp. 12-13, March 2006)
(magazine published by ACCEPT, the national LGBT advocacy organization in
– “’Jag är en visionär’: En kamp för allas frihet,” Maria Jacobson  möter transaktivisten
Pauline Park (intervjun) (interview), Arbetaran, 51-52.2000)

trainer, facilitating hundreds of transgender sensitivity training sessions for:
government agencies, social services providers, and health care providers, including:
– the first transgender sensitivity training sessions for a major hospital in New York City

designated “a leading advocate for transgender rights in New York” on Idealist in NYC’s ‘New York 40’ list (9.29.08) as:
named to a list of “The Most Influential LGBT Asian Icons” (by J.R. Tungol, Huffington Post, 10.29.12)
named to a list of “50  Transgender Icons” for Transgender Day of Remembrance 2012 (Huffington Post, 11.20.12)
named to the  inaugural Trans 100 list of leading transgender activists and community organizers (4.9.13)

author of hundreds of writings, including:

– “International Theory & LGBT Politics: Testing the Limits of a Human Rights-Based
Strategy,” in GLQ: A Journal of Lesbian & Gay Studies (Vol. 3, No. 4), pp. 357-384.
– “Homeward Bound: The Journey of a Transgendered Korean Adoptee,“ in
Patricia Justine Tumang and Jenesha de Rivera (eds.), Homelands:
Women’s Journeys Across Race, Place, and Time (Berkeley: Seal Press, 2007)
– “GenderPAC, the Transgender Rights Movement and the Perils of a Post-Identity Politics Paradigm”, in the Georgetown Journal of Gender and the Law: symposium issue (Vol. IV, No. 2, Spring 2003), pp. 747-765 (from the Fifth Annual Gender, Sexuality, and the Law Symposium: Crossing Boundaries, Redefining Gender: A New Front on Equality)