Melissa Sklarz became the first transgender person elected to office in New York in 1999 when she was elected Judicial Delegate from the 66th Assembly District. In 2004, Melissa became the first transgender person from New York to be part of the state delegation at the Democratic National Convention, by being appointed to the Credentials Committee.
She was instrumental as an activist and lobbyist in bringing civil rights to transgender New Yorkers when INT 24 became law in 2002 and helped created guidelines for the law by working with the NYC Human Rights Commission. She has been a lobbying leader for GENDA (Gender Expression Non Discrimination Act), trying to create trans rights in New York State.
In 2002, she helped create the West Village Trans Legal Clinic, which offers pro bono name changes for transgender people looking to escape streetlife.
In 2003, Melissa was elected as an at-large director for National Stonewall Democrats, an LGBT lobbying group working with the Democratic National Committee, and was re-elected in 2005. She is also a member of the Board of Directors of the Equality Project, helping to create LGBT shareholder resolutions for Fortune 500 companies, such as Wendies, Toys R us, and Exxon-Mobil.
Melissa served 6 years on the Executive Board of Gay and Lesbian Independent Democrats (GLID) in Manhattan and served 5 years on Community Board #2 in Greenwich Village.
Last year, Melissa appeared in a featured role in the film TRANSAMERICA.
She is also a manager at the Actors Federal Credit Union.