Tamara Ching

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Tamara Ching, the “God Mother of Polk [Street]”, is an advocate for transgender, HIV, and sex work-related causes, and has been for decades. Active in the trans community since before the Compton’s Cafeteria riot – a San Francisco protest by trans women against police raids that predated Stonewall -, Ching has played a role in everything from letter-writing campaigns to presenting on the challenges faced by LGBT seniors. She was interviewed for the Compton’s documentary Screaming Queens (by filmmaker Susan Stryker) and was selected by California state Senator Leland Yee for inclusion in the book Women With Impact: A collection of  stories about women who made a difference in the lives of senators. In honor of her high-impact consulting work, Ching has been featured in a Mission neighborhood mural that casts San Franciscan transgender women as deities, golden halos and all.

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