May 15, 2013 at 6:00 am EDT | by Joey DiGuglielmo
Queery: Holly Goldmann
Holly Goodmann, Trans Pride, gay news, Washington Blade

Holly Goodmann (Washington Blade photo by Michael Key)

Holly Goldmann says she can’t stay serious for more than a few minutes at a time. With a world-weary quip, she’s off in a million directions.

While she likes being a board member at The Center, she says the meetings can be tedious.

“After an hour, yeah, I’m like — OK, let’s wrap it up here,” 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. She’s happy to serve but says she’s “really bad” at being secretary where taking minutes is required.

“I had no idea until recently that I had any talent for activism of any kind but apparently I’m good at bringing communities together,” she says. “I’m white, passable, over-glamorous yet not a drag queen. People love me — I can’t help it, that’s the reality.”

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 for a full schedule.

Goldmann, who freelances as an independent designer by day, says, “It’s really important for trans people to get under one roof and not really worry about pretense.”

“It’s not political and it really gives us a chance to talk about issues,” she says.

Goldmann, a native New Yorker who’s been in Washington “15 years, maybe more,” is vague on details. She admits only to being “between 30 and death” and says she transitioned “a really long time ago.”

She lives in Columbia Heights and enjoys fashion history, “golden age” Hollywood and high-end fashion collecting in her free time as well as dissecting the nuances of “Mommie Dearest.”

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?

Holly Woodlawn

What’s Washington’s best nightspot, past or present? 

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 — but I may not have been born.

What’s been the most memorable pop culture moment of your lifetime?

“AbFab” coming 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? 

“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 it’s used.

What do you believe in beyond the physical world? 


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?

The Tony

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.

Why Washington?

Was bored and came to visit a friend. Never went back.

Joey DiGuglielmo is the Features Editor for the Washington Blade.

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