public domainA lot of civil rights heroes appear to come in perfect packages, above reproach. But Sylvia Rivera, a gay and transgender rights activist, definitely did not fit a pacifist mold. Rivera was extremely keen and vocal about including transgender and gender nonconforming people in the movement for civil rights. Getting the \"mainstream\" gay rights movement to include trans or gender nonconforming people wasn't an easy sell, however. The corner of Christopher and Hudson streets in New York City was officially renamed Sylvia Rivera Way.