In her day job, Cynthia is an estimator at Cummings Printing in Hooksett, New Hampshire, meaning she spends most of her day in Microsoft Excel, “staring at spreadsheets.” But her real passion is auto racing. Cynthia started out in auto racing in 1980 as part of the pit crew, and in the mid 1980s became an official with the Lee USA Speedway, the Oswego Speedway and the International Supermodified Association. Once a year, Cynthia Tebbetts takes time out of her busy schedule to speak with students at Southern New Hampshire University about her experiences as a transgender woman. The first thing she tells them: Check everything you think you know about transgender people at the door.
“The first thing I tell students is to take all of your stereotypes and throw them away,” Cynthia explained. “I’m a transgender woman, but transgender people, we’re just as diverse as you are. I’m a punk rocker, I’ve seen the Ramones 21 times, I do auto racing – that’s who I am.”