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Joanne Borden is a transgender woman. She lives in Nassau County, New York, is a widow, has 2 children and 4 grandchildren who refer to her as Papa Joanne. Before retiring, Joanne was an Industrial Engineering Consultant, a Registered Professional Engineer, was president of two engineering societies, holds an MBA degree, and is a WWII veteran.
In retirement, Joanne is the author of three books: "Transgender Complete, A Virtual Handbook," "The Transgender Monologues, Gender, Sexuality, and LGBT Life" and "Identical Treatment in the Machine of the Law, the Quest For Transgender Civill Rights." She has performed in the Vagina Monologues, her own monologues, and several Fresh Fruit Festival Variety Shows (NYC), where she won the Best Story Teller of 2012 award. She has spoken at Transgender Day of Remembrance services, churches, and synagogues on transgender and GLBT issues.
Joanne is a Past Vice President of her League of Women Voters, an advocate for women’s equality, and the civil rights of gender variant people in her county and state legislatures. She often speaks promoting all LGBT issues.