Book Cover for         Brave Ribbons - A Transgender Christmas Carol by Holly Maholm

The Woman Behind The Story

Author Holly Maholm grew up in a suburban area south of Akron, Ohio and graduated high school in 1967. She entered Yale University where she majored in Japanese History, Language & Culture, graduating in 1972. She then spent two years living and working in Tokyo, Japan, as a translator and researcher, after which she returned to the United States to attend The Ohio State University School of Law, graduating in 1977.

She returned to Tokyo and worked as an attorney in a Japanese-American law firm, working there from 1977 through 1979. In that year she returned to the U.S. to Cleveland, Ohio, where she began working as an attorney at a company which at the time was the largest sports marketing agency in the world. She worked as a senior attorney at that company until 2004 when she retired and set up her own law office.

More About Holly

Why We March

Posted By Holly Maholm • June 6, 2016

Local LGBT publications across the country are full of notices and “event calendars” telling us of Pride Parades scheduled in cities near and far. But I asked myself, “Why do we march?” Here is what I decided.

Now, there are many sorts of parades you will see in any year you choose. There are parades on Memorial Day, when we pause to [...]

Read More

Won't You Sit Next to Me Here at the Lunch Counter?

Posted By Holly Maholm • June 6, 2016

Are you old enough – or, if you are younger, did you ever read about – the earliest days of the Civil Rights struggle in this country?  Back on February 1, 1960, in Greensboro, North Carolina, four young black men staged a “sit-in” at the lunch counter of a Woolworth store. Of course, that lunch counter was for “Whites Only” but those brave [...]

Read More

A Transgender President in 2016!

Posted By Holly Maholm • June 6, 2016

No wait. I said that wrong. What I meant was: In 2016, transgender men and women will elect the President. Yea. That’s closer to the truth. Here is how it will happen.

There are two national parties – the Blue Party and the Red Party. Now, most transgender folks will vote for the candidate of the Blue Party, but what about the Red [...]

Read More

Memo to President-Elect Donald Trump

Posted By Holly Maholm • June 6, 2016

(I had a dream last night that Donald Trump won the election. Then, he decided to “reach out” to the LGBT community by asking me to give him advice on how his administration should handle certain issues that relate to LGBT men and women.)

To:      President-Elect Trump

From:  Holly Maholm

Subject:  Proposed LGBT [...]

Read More