Cecilia Chung, Chair of the San Francisco Human Rights Commission

Cecilia Chung, former Deputy Director of Transgender Law Center, is an immigrant from Hong Kong and has been a San Francisco resident since 1985. Cecilia attended City College of San Francisco and was later transferred to Golden Gate University in 1987 where she pursued her undergraduate studies in International Management.Cecilia worked as court interpreter for the Santa Clara County until 1992 and began her active involvement with the transgender community shortly after.

Cecilia was amongst the transgender advocates who sat on the Transgender Discrimination Task Force in 1994 when the Human Rights Commission wrote the report on transgender discrimination. She has worked for UCSF AIDS Health Project as an HIV test counselor and residential counselor for Ferguson Place, a residential treatment program for people living with HIV where she successfully increased the agencies sensitivity for transgender people.

In 1998, Cecilia joined the Board of Directors of San Francisco Lesbian Gay Bisexual Transgender Pride Celebration Committee and served on the executive committee of the board. In 2001, Cecilia became the first Asian and first transgender woman elected as President of the Board and led the organization to a new standard of inclusion and excellence.

In 2001, Cecilia joined the Board of Directors of Asian and Pacific Islander Wellness Center where she once received direct services.

Cecilia has served on many planning bodies which include the Transgender Community Advisory Board for UCSF TRANS, HIV Service Planning Council and Gay.coms HIV Life Channel.

Since 2002, Cecilia has joined a group of transgender advocates and founded San Francisco Transgender Advocacy and Mentorship (SF TEAM) to host quarterly events for the transgender community at the San Francisco LGBT Community Center. Cecilia was one of the founders and producers of the annual Trans March.

In June of 2006, Cecilia led a group of community advocates to commemorate the 40th Anniversary of the Riot at Gene Compton’s Cafeteria in the Tenderloin.
The 2009 Trans March is honored to feature Cecilia Chung as our headlining speaker!

Cecilia Chung, Chair of the San Francisco Human Rights Commission


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