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Ben Power
Holyoke, MA

A transgender activist for several decades, Ben Power is not only active in the LGBTQ community as a speaker and organizer, but he also curates an impressive collection of history, the Sexual Minorities Archives, a 43-year-old national collection of more than 12,000 books, thousands of periodicals, numerous subject files, films, videos, audio recordings, multimedia, and art related to the LGBTQ community in the United States and abroad. Among Ben’s impressive resume is being the founder of the first-ever transgender male support group in the New England region – the East Coast FTM Group – and he was the co-founder of the first New England Transgender Pride March and Rally. Ben feels it is important for all people to stand up for nondiscrimination.

“My entire life since the age of 25 has been an activist life,” he said. “The work I do is important to me because it makes knowledge about our lives available to LGBTQ people. Education is the answer to solving oppression, and education is the means to equality. There’s no reason why as Americans trans people shouldn’t have 100% equal rights. To have them possibly taken away is an outrage.”

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