Simply Theresa

Media and Public Relations

Through the years there have been literally hundreds of media reports about the work Theresa Sparks has down in the areas of civil rights, basic human rights, public safety and the business community. For a complete list, search for Theresa Sparks on Google or Yahoo.

Recently, both the San Francisco Magazine (Nov 2009 edition) and the San Francisco Weekly (Ocotber 19, 2009) published in-depth profiles of Theresa. Links to these two fascinating articles immediately follow:


In addition, in Novmber 2007, Theresa was interviewed at the San Francisco Commonwealth Club about her amazing life and her journey as a transgender woman. It's a fascinating peak into the many accomplishments, heartbreaking struggles and ultimate survival of this interesting San Francisco public figure.


Also, in March 2009, Christine Marie, host of SFLive Community Focus interviewed Theresa on local access public television.




Browsing for Theresa Sparks on Google or searching her name in Wikipedia will produce tens of thousands of articles, videos and commentaries on this iconic San Francisco figure. Below find a sampling of articles published about Theresa over the last several years.

  1. Delgado, Ray. Theresa Sparks: Transgender San Franciscan Makes History as Woman of the Year, San Francisco Chronicle (April 4, 2003), pp. WB - 3.
  2. Heredia, Christopher. Transgender Woman Joins Rights Board: Appointment is a San Francisco First, San Francisco Chronicle (February 3, 2001), pp. A - 13.
  3. Blue, Violet. Happy Birthday, Mom!, (April 8, 2007).
  4. Selna, Robert; Sward, Susan; Vega, Cecilia M. Renne Quits Police Commission, San Francisco Chronicle (May 11, 2007), pp. B - 9.
  5. Vega, Cecilia M. Transgender Pioneer Rises to Powerful Spot, San Francisco Chronicle (May 12, 2007), pp. A - 1.
  6. Anderson, Lessley. A Sex Toy Story, Business 2.0 Magazine Vol. 7 No. 4 (May 1, 2006).
  7. Gordon, Rachel. Transgender Study Finds Bias: But S.F. Still Found to Provide More Protections than Any U.S. City, San Francisco Chronicle (November 5, 2002), pp. A – 15
  8. Nieves, Evelyn. Another Minority Flexes Its Muscle in San Francisco, New York Times (February 24, 2001).
  9. Gordon, Rachel. S.F. Transgender Sensitivity Classes: Police Training is Response to Complaints About Lack of Respect, San Francisco Chronicle (August 10, 2001), pp. A - 21.
  10. Associated Press. San Francisco Mulling Historic Sex-Change Benefits for Workers, The Houston Chronicle (April 23, 2001), pp. A - 11.
  11. Sparks, Theresa. The Transgender Community Needs to Reestablish Its Voice, Alice Reports: Monthly Newsletter of the Alice B. Toklas Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender Democratic Club (September 2005).
  12. Cassell, Heather. Vote is on for SF Pride Marshals, Bay Area Reporter (March 1, 2007).
  13. Hartnagel, Bob. Assemblyman Leno Honors Theresa Sparks As California Woman Of The Year: Human Rights Commissioner Will Be The First Transgender Woman Of The Year Honored By The State, 13th Assembly District News press release (March 19, 2003).
  14. Associated Press. S.F. Will Pay for Sex Changes, Wired News, (May 5, 2001).
  15. McMillan, Dennis. Theresa Sparks Sworn in Again as Police Commissioner, San Francisco Bay Times (May 3, 2007).
  16. Gordon, Rachel. New Police Panel Almost Ready to Go, San Francisco Chronicle (May 1, 2004), pp. B - 4.
  17. Sward, Susan. Commissioner Slams Police Panel: Sparks Describes Numerous Failures, Quits Key Position, San Francisco Chronicle (May 26, 2006), pp. B - 2.
  18. SF Police Commission Makes History, KCBS (May 10, 2007).
  19. McMillan, Dennis. Sparks Is First Trans Person to Lead Major Commission San Francisco Bay Times (May 17, 2007).
  20. Matier, Phillip; Ross, Andrew. Police Panel Slap Leaves Mayor Spinning San Francisco Chronicle (May 13, 2007), pp. B - 1.
  21. Van Iquity, Sister Dana. Before Stonewall, There Was a Riot in SF, San Francisco Bay Times (March 23, 2006).
  22. California Assemblyman Selects Transgendered Woman for Honor, The Advocate (March 22, 2003).
  23. Martin, Mark. Davis Signs Ban on Bias Against Transgenders: Leno Bill Makes State 4th in U.S. to Provide Them with Protected Status, San Francisco Chronicle (August 5, 2003), pp. A - 12.
  24. Salladay, Robert. Assembly OKs New Bill on Sex Bias: Civil Rights Protections Broadened to Apply to 'Perceived Gender', San Francisco Chronicle (April 22, 2003), pp. A - 17.
  25. Goebel, Mark. Transgender Group Decries Jay Leno, NBC, Advocate News on, (April 2, 2003).
  26. Fleming, Mike. Leno, NBC Under Fire: Trans Activists up in Arms over 'Tonight Show' Joke, Houston Voice (April 11, 2003).
  27. Grand and Honorary Marshals: Grand Marshals -- Five Individuals and One Group -- are Elected in a Series of Communitywide Ballots, San Francisco Chronicle (June 22, 2001), pp. SP - 9.