New York City has been home to a number of influential transgender activists who helped advance gay and trans equality, even as they had to fight for their own inclusion within the broader LGBT rights movement.

This curated collection features residences, the Christopher Street Pier, and community centers that honor the legacies of pioneering trans activists such as Sylvia Rivera and Marsha P. Johnson and groups such as the Street Transvestite Action Revolutionaries (STAR) and the Fabulous Independent Radicals for Community Empowerment (FIERCE).

The earliest known site dates to the turn of the 20th century while the most unexpected one may be the West Side Tennis Club in Queens, where tennis player Renée Richards earned a victory for transgender rights in 1977.

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Marsha P. Johnson (left) and Sylvia Rivera (holding the banner), co-founders of the Street Transvestite Action Revolutionaries (STAR), participating in the 1973 Gay Pride March. Photo by Leonard Fink. Courtesy of the LGBT Community Center National History Archive.

Featured Historic Sites ( 14 )

457 Sixth Avenue

This rowhouse near the Jefferson Market police court (now the Jefferson Market Library) was the last residence and office of well-known Tammany politico Murray Hall, who today would be considered... Learn More

2847 Dudley Avenue

Trans woman and Bronx native Christine Jorgensen lived in this house with her family from her birth in 1926 until the early 1950s. After her overseas gender reassignment surgery made... Learn More

1 Tennis Place

The West Side Tennis Club in Forest Hills began hosting a portion of the U.S. Open (originally known as the U.S. National Championships) in 1915 and was the sole location... Learn More

Christopher Street Pier

For over a century, the Greenwich Village waterfront along the Hudson River, including the Christopher Street Pier at West 10th and West Streets, has been a destination for the LGBT... Learn More

59-61 East 4th Street

Formed in 1980, WOW (Women’s One World) Café Theatre is considered one of the premiere centers for lesbian, women’s, and transgender theater in New York. It has performed in this... Learn More

208 West 13th Street

Since 1983, the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender (LGBT) Community Center has served as a vital support system for hundreds of thousands of people. The Center has witnessed the founding... Learn More

214 16th Street

Transy House was a transgender collective operated by Rusty Mae Moore and Chelsea Goodwin from 1995 to 2008. It provided shelter for trans, gender variant, and non-binary people in need,... Learn More

90 Kent Avenue

Marsha P. Johnson was a Black trans activist and Stonewall veteran who became a key figure in the gay liberation movement after the Stonewall uprising, specifically fighting for trans rights... Learn More

728 Park Avenue

Through the late 1940s, the use of hormone therapy and surgery as medical treatment options for trans individuals was not widely studied, available, or legal in the U.S. This approach... Learn More

55 Pierrepont Street

Berlin-born Charlotte Charlaque underwent gender affirmation surgery in Germany between 1928 and 1931, in one of the earliest documented cases of the procedure in the world. Memorialized by the Brooklyn... Learn More

41 Fifth Avenue

The Erickson Educational Foundation (EEF), a non-profit organization founded in 1964 by trans man and philanthropist Reed Erickson, had an office in Manhattan from 1967 to 1976. A significant part... Learn More

133 West 87th Street

Three-time Grammy winner and platinum-recording artist Wendy Carlos lived in this Upper West Side rowhouse from 1969 to 1980. While here, Carlos composed the film scores for A Clockwork Orange... Learn More

400 West 14th Street

The Mardi Gras Boutique was located on the second story of this building in the Meatpacking District from 1989 to 2000. Founded by Lee G. Brewster, an early trans activist... Learn More

219 West 22nd Street

Dr. Jeanne Hoff, reportedly the first American openly transgender psychiatrist to work with transgender patients, lived and practiced in this Chelsea rowhouse from 1977 to c. 1983. In 1978, Dr.... Learn More

Other Curated Themes

14 Sites

Transgender History

26 Sites

Gay-Owned Businesses

17 Sites

Communities of Color

24 Sites

Activism Outside Manhattan

20 Sites

Literary New York

13 Sites

Downtown Arts Scene

21 Sites

City of Immigrants

18 Sites

1970s Lesbian Activism & Community

7 Sites

The Bronx

11 Sites

Brooklyn Heights

8 Sites

Jackson Heights

12 Sites

Staten Island

12 Sites

Why We March

15 Sites

Village Pride Tour

20 Sites

Gay Activists Alliance

13 Sites

The Harlem Renaissance

14 Sites

Jewish New York

20 Sites

Pre-20th Century History

25 Sites

Bars & Nightlife

13 Sites

Activism Before Stonewall

20 Sites

Homophobia & Transphobia

44 Sites

Broadway Theater District

11 Sites

Influential Black New Yorkers

12 Sites

Early Community Centers

13 Sites

Lesbian Life Before Stonewall

11 Sites

The AIDS Crisis

29 Sites

LGBT-Named Public Schools

15 Sites

Art & Architecture

11 Sites

National Register Listings

21 Sites

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