Donna Cartwright and transgender people

Donna Martina Cartwright (born October 4, 1946) is an American journalist and labor activist. She served as a copy editor for The New York Times for about 30 years, transitioning on the job in 1997 and retiring in 2006. She was named to the NLGJA LGBT Journalists Hall of Fame in 2014.


Cartwright was born in Hackensack, New Jersey. Cartwright was also involved in creating and leading some of the most important trans rights organizations, including:

  • Pride at Work
  • New York Association for Gender Rights Advocacy (NYAGRA)
  • Gender Rights Advocacy Association of New Jersey
  • National Center for Transgender Equality
  • TransEpiscopal
  • Gender Rights Maryland

Tapestry article (2004)

In 2004, Dallas Denny published an exposé about “autogynephilia” activist Anne Lawrence in Transgender Tapestry. In it, Denny revealed that Cartwright had a similar inappropriate experience as I did with Lawrence. Cartwright and I were both hit on after being invited to Lawrence’s home under the pretense of taking vaginoplasty result photos for her consumer site:

James also describes an incident of alleged inappropriate boundary crossing in Lawrence’s photography of James’ genitals for Lawrence’s website James says Lawrence was inappropriately seductive while James had her clothes off. Lawrence denies this.

There’s more to the story. A year or so ago, Donna Cartwright, another transsexual woman, described to Tapestry an experience virtually identical to that reported by James. At that time we chose not to go forward with an unverified allegation. This allegation has now been substantiated in the form of James’ complaint. Lawrence denies this incident also.

For a more detailed account, see Anne Lawrence incident with Donna Cartwright.


Staff report (July 23, 2014). NLGJA names LGBT Journalist Hall of Famers, Excellence honorees.

[Editors] (2004). Concerns about Dr. Anne Lawrence. Transgender Tapestry #105, p. 13.



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Donna Cartwright speech (2019)