Donna Rose

Donna Rose

At a Glance:

Donna Rose has been a Project Contributor since February 2008, has written 25 entries and currently lives in Rochester, NY.


Donna Rose is a nationally recognized speaker, writer, author, and advocate for and about the transgender community. She was the first and only transgender member of the Human Rights Campaign and the GLAAD boards of directors, and remains involved in national workplace efforts. She has been featured on Entertainment Tonight, in USA Today, Fortune, Investors Business Daily, Marie Claire, and in other local and national publications. Her memoir, Wrapped In Blue, was featured at the 2003 Texas Book Festival and her website ( is a respected source of information on transgender and GLBT issues.

Donna Rose: Recently Filed

Full Circle: An Experience of Two Lifetimes

Filed by Donna Rose | April 27, 2010 | 10:30 AM | comments

This post may be atypical of my usual writing here at Bilerico, but I think it's something important to share. As a transgender person, or more specifically, as a transsexual woman - I have had the unique opportunity to blend...Read More

A Million Miles From Shame

Filed by Donna Rose | December 15, 2009 | 2:00 PM | comments

I am what many would call a "mid-life" transitioner. That is I, like many, was well into life before coming to a point where I could stop running from my gender gift and start to consider it in healthy, productive...Read More

Death Be Not Proud - RIP Christine

Filed by Donna Rose | December 02, 2009 | 7:00 PM | comments

Until my father's death almost a dozen years ago I had never had to experience death in people I knew, or friends, or family. There were aunts and uncles and distant relatives who I never knew who died but to...Read More

Here I am: Then and Now

Filed by Donna Rose | May 07, 2009 | 6:30 PM | comments

I was a straight, married, middle-class, jocky white guy. I had a 38 inch chest thanks to my pecs and took significant pride knowing that I could bench press over 300 pounds. I had never knowingly experienced discrimination. I...Read More

Purple Invitation: A Ticket to Nowhere

Filed by Donna Rose | January 22, 2009 | 11:00 AM | comments

If there's a mess somewhere I have a knack of finding myself in the middle of it. Even after all these years I still haven't decided if that quality is a blessing or a curse. I was one of the...Read More