Nicole "Nikki" Leonard
Nicole “Nikki” Leonard was born in Anchorage, Alaska in 1955. From a young age, sheidentified as female, but tried to life as a male. After a marriage that led in divorce, Leonard began the transition process. This interview talks about the challenges of living as a woman at home and a man at work, and ultimately the experience of transitioning in the workplace. While currently not involved in the LGBT community, Leonard has worked for Your Friends, Family, and Neighbors (YFFN), was on the board of directors of The Community Center, and wrote articles for the Diversity newsletter. Also worked to add “gender identity” clause added to Boise’s Antidiscrimination policy. Leonard is concerned that suicide is the leading cause of death within the transgender community.
male to female transition, spirituality, federal government, Transgender Day of Remembrance, suicide, Pride, Your Friends, Family and Neighbors (YFFN)
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