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Dr. Jeannine Ruhsam

Noted Trans leader dies unexpectedly


Dr. Jeannine Ruhsam, well known throughout the region, recently died unexpectedly.

For more than a decade, Ruhsam was an advocate in Central Pennsylvania’s transgender community. With the primary goal of providing support and resources for transgender people and their loved ones, she spearheaded the Trans Central Pennsylvania organization and the Keystone Conferences. Her projects have also included organizing initiatives like the Transgender Day of Remembrance, as well as political lobbying and legislation.

Ruhsam continued her career as a Women and Gender Studies Professor in New Hampshire. The LGBT Oral History Project, housed at Dickinson College Archives, illustrates Ruhsam’s long history of activism and advocacy. Athe project features an interview that discusses her personal experience as a trans women, her thoughts on the Central Pennsylvania LGBT community, and her insight into the future of trans people in the United States.