Holly Goldmann says she canât stay serious for more than a few minutes at a time. With a world-weary quip, sheâs off in a million directions.
While she likes being a board member at The Center, she says the meetings can be tedious.
âAfter an hour, yeah, Iâm like â OK, letâs wrap it up here,â she says with a laugh.
Her work with Capital TransPride over the past three years got her noticed by The Center, whose staff was looking for trans representation on its board. Sheâs happy to serve but says sheâs âreally badâ at being secretary where taking minutes is required.
âI had no idea until recently that I had any talent for activism of any kind but apparently Iâm good at bringing communities together,â she says. âIâm white, passable, over-glamorous yet not a drag queen. People love me â I canât help it, thatâs the reality.â
Capital TransPride is Saturday from 10 a.m.-4 p.m. at National City Christian Church (5 Thomas Circle, N.W.). Guest Codie Leone, a big-time New York stylist, will speak and many other events are planned. Visit capitalpride.org/transpride for a full schedule.
Goldmann, who freelances as an independent designer by day, says, âItâs really important for trans people to get under one roof and not really worry about pretense.â
âItâs not political and it really gives us a chance to talk about issues,â she says.
Goldmann, a native New Yorker whoâs been in Washington â15 years, maybe more,â is vague on details. She admits only to being âbetween 30 and deathâ and says she transitioned âa really long time ago.â
She lives in Columbia Heights and enjoys fashion history, âgolden ageâ Hollywood and high-end fashion collecting in her free time as well as dissecting the nuances of âMommie Dearest.â
How long have you been out and who was the hardest person to tell?
Since I was 18 but everyone knew.
Who’s your LGBT hero?
What’s Washington’s best nightspot, past or present?Â
The old Ziegfelds/Secrets. I rarely go out any more.
Describe your dream wedding.
Never thought of it.
What non-LGBT issue are you most passionate about?
Preservation of society in general.
What historical outcome would you change?
WWII â but I may not have been born.
What’s been the most memorable pop culture moment of your lifetime?
âAbFabâ comingÂ back a third time!
On what do you insist?
A concrete schedule and answers to questions in a reasonable time.
What was your last Facebook post or Tweet?
A picture of Little Edie and Big Edie for Mother’s Day.
If your life were a book, what would the title be?Â
“How I Gave Up on My Dream to Marry a Millionaire”
If science discovered a way to change sexual orientation, what would you do?
Right away? Nothing. I’d have to wait and see how itâs used.
What do you believe in beyond the physical world?Â
What’s your advice for LGBT movement leaders?
Honestly the LGB need to start being more T accepting and stop making decisions on our behalf.
What would you walk across hot coals for?
To get loved ones who have passed away back.
What LGBT stereotype annoys you most?
Oh, there are far too many.
What’s your favorite LGBT movie?
“Some of My Best Friends Are”
What’s the most overrated social custom?
I still write thank you cards.
What trophy or prize do you most covet?
What do you wish you’d known at 18?
To put myself on the 20-year wait list for a rent controlled apartment in New York City.
Was bored and came to visit a friend. Never went back.