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Michele Kammerer
(1945 - living) U.S.A.

Michele Kammerer

Former firefighter

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Born Michael Kammerer, and raised in Los Angeles, attended various community colleges and CSULA. Navy veteran, firefighter from 1969 to January 2003, and transsexualism educator (cofounder of the Center for Gender Sanity); served the Los Angeles City Fire Department as a Firefighter and Captain, transitioning from male to female on the job between 1991 and 1993, thus becoming the first and only transgendered fire chief, and one of only a small number of women fire chiefs, in the U.S.

Michele retired from the Los Angeles City Fire Department as a firefighter and captain in January, 2003. She provides support for transsexuals experiencing difficulties in their employment and educates helping professionals and the general public about transsexualism. She has appeared on the Phil Donahue Show, 20/20, the Roseanne Show, and other television and radio programs. She is a member of Gay and Lesbian United Employees of Los Angeles (GLUE).

She describes herself as a lesbian feminist, father and grandparent, political activist, artist/photographer, Jodo Shinshu Buddhist and spouse of Janis Walworth, a writer, lesbian and transgender rights activist from Massachusetts.

In December of 1999 Janis Walworth and Michele Kammerer were legally married in London, England. By following their law requiring female and male birth certificates, they were married in an official registry. With the help of the National Center for Lesbian Rights, their marriage was recognized by the City of Los Angeles for all benefit programs that spouses are entitled to. they were also married at Senshin Buddhist Temple in Los Angeles, becoming the first marriage in the Jodo Shinshu sect where one person was transgendered.

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