About Claire Skiffington
San Francisco transgender pioneer Claire Leigh Skiffington died June 11, 2007 at age 62 following a lengthy struggle with cancer. At the San Francisco Department of Public Health, Ms. Skiffington became an award-winning employee and set her sights on removing transgender exclusions in the city’s health benefits. She served on the San Francisco Human Rights Commission’s Transgender Task Force, working from 1997 to 2001, until the exclusions were finally removed. From 1993 to 2007, Ms. Skiffington worked for transgender civil rights in numerous ways. She sat on boards and advisory panels: the Board of Supervisors’ Transgender Civil Rights Implementation Task Force; the Transgender Resource and Neighborhood Space; and San Francisco Transgender Empowerment, Advocacy and Mentorship, to name a few.
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