Griffin-Gracy, Miss Major
- Gabriel Mayora
was born in Chicago, the eldest child of her father, LeRoy Rudolph Gracy, a postal office employee, and her mother, Edgar May Griffin, who ran a beauty shop. She had one sister, Cookie, who was five years younger. Assigned male at birth, Griffin-Gracy eventually adopted her mother’s maiden name and, after her transition, added “Miss” to her name, thus becoming known as Miss Major. Griffin-Gracy’s transition started in her early childhood. She came out to her family as a young teenager in the early 1950s, though was unable to articulate her identity since the word “transgender” did not exist at the time (it was first coined in 1965 Madison Her parents thought she could grow out of it so they sent her to various psychiatrists and church programs Griffin Gracy sought refuge in trans and drag communities of color which unlike their white counterparts were characterized by a certain ...
A version of this article originally appeared in African American National Biography.