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WarriorTransgender men and other masculine-identified people who were assigned female at birth have existed throughout history, from ancient times through to the middle-ages and beyond. Some well-known, some not, and so have many female cross-dressers and others who experimented with their expression of gender for many reasons including taking on typical masculine employment and pastimes like becoming warriors, hunters and military personnel during wartime.

This section already contains, or will contain the stories of many well-known and lesser-known transmen like Michael Dillon, Harry Crawford, Patrick Califia, Loren Cameron, Leslie Feinberg, Stephen Whittle, Jamison Green, Pope Joan, Maria Bochkareva, Billy Tipton, Brandon Teena, Buck Angel, Chaz Bono, Sir Ewan Forbes, Alan Hart, Charley Parkhurst and Lucas Silveira.

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LUCIAN'S THE DIALOGUE OF THE COURTESANS, FROM THE 2ND CENTURY C.E.

Article appeared in Polare 9, October 1995

Amale writer named Lucian who lived near Syria in the second century C.E. wrote a series of dialogues between female prostitutes. In Dialogue of the Courtesans unfolds the story of Megilla, an F.T.M. character, and her love for Leaena ... 

CURIOUSLY, ALL RECORDS OF HIS CASE SEEM TO HAVE DISAPPEARED

Article appeared in Polare 57, May 2004

It appears that Ewan Forbes, who is well-known in the transsexual community as a female to male transsexual had his Birth Certificate corrected in the early 1950s. Curiously, though, all records of his case appear to have disappeared ... 

Laurence Michael Dillon

Article appeared in Polare 71, April 2007

Born in London in 1915, cross-gender feelings consumed Laura Maud Dillon's early life. Working in a garage and living alone, Laura began male hormones, had a mastectomy, amended her birth certificate to Laurence Michael Dillon and became the world's first transsexual man ...

THE GIRL WHO BECAME A BOY BUT PAID THE ULTIMATE PRICE

Article appeared in Polare 59, September 2004

All She Wanted by Aphrodite Jones, the triple-murder of female-to-male transsexual Brandon Teena and two of his friends, a hate crime of extreme proportions is unfortunately clouded by the authors own prejudices towards the transgendered writes Kenin Heyne ...

THEY JOINED THE WARRIORS ON THE WARPATH, BEHAVED LIKE WOMEN IN ATTENDING TO THE FOOD AND HAD MAGICAL POWERS OF HEALING

Article appeared in Polare 2, December 1993

North American Indian gender-crossers often held a high status within their tribes,treated as wise, sacred, holy and respected for their shamanism, nothing could be decided without their advice. However not all were treated with respect, some were outcast, others killed ... 

INTERSEXUALS AND FEMININE HUSBANDS

Article appeared in Polare 9, October 1995

Africa offers a great range of gender crossing. There are examples of crossing gender by both sexes, men and women taking on the roles of the opposite sex without adopting the appropriate dress and women taking other women as their husbands ... 

AN INTERVIEW BETWEEN THE AMERICAN PERFORMER AND WICKED WOMEN MAGAZINE

Article appeared in Polare 16, December 1996

Elvis Herselvis, otherwise known as Leigh Crow identifies as a female Elvis impersonator and a drag king. In the U.S. she makes waves and continues to draw an audience. Recently, she was banned from a high-profile Elvis Convention by conservative sponsors ... 

NOT A MUMBLING, ENIGMATIC TROUBADOUR FROM MEMPHIS BUT AN ARTICULATE, GREGARIOUS DYKE FROM SAN FRANCISCO

Article appeared in Polare 17, February 1997

Leigh Crow, a.k.a. Elvis Herselvis, has been evoking the King of Rock and Roll and wooing audiences for over three years now, however a dyke taking to the stage in drag is not a common sight, as cross-dressing is still considered a contentious issue among some lesbians ... 

BUOYED BY THE SUCCESS OF GAY LIBERATION AND FREED BY MEDICAL ADVANCES, THE TRANSGENDER COMMUNITY HAS FOUND A VOICE

Article appeared in Polare 39, October 2000

Once upon a time two people fell in love,broke up, got back together, joined their names and had a baby. A conventional love story, except that when Patrick and Matt Califia-Rice met, they were both women. Women who felt, from the time they were small, that they should be men ...

A TRUE STORY OF TRAGEDY CRIME AND COURAGE

Article appeared in Polare 95, April 2013

Areview of Eugenia: A True Story of Tragedy Crime and Courage, by Mark Tedeschi, an intriguing account of the adventures of Harry Crawford, an early twentieth century female-to-male who lived in Sydney ...

SEXOLOGY AND TRANNIES IN THE EARLY 20TH CENTURY AND THEN THE SEX CHANGE

Article appeared in Polare 13, June 1996

Throughout the 19th and 20th centuries gender crossing became better known and more prominent in western society. This article takes a look at the lives of famous trannies including Dr. James Barry, Jenny de Savalette de Lange, and Margrith Buginger ...

BIOGRAPHY OF THE 19TH CENTURY ENGLISH ARTIST

Article appeared in Polare 38, August 2000

Gluck, the biography of the English 19th Century Artist Gluck, is reviewed by Tracie O'Keefe who notes that the book is finely crafted and contains many pictures of the wonderful scope of artworks that were painted by this unusual person. A compelling book insofar as the author pays an obsessive attention to detail when recording Gluck's life ... 

GETTING SPRUNG THROUGH THE AGES

Article appeared in Polare 1, September 1993

Part of transgender folklore includes the traumatic and soul-destroying phobia of being 'outed'. But while it has happened to many of us, it probably won't have been as severe as the historical outings of Pope Joan, Musician Billy Tipton and Polish Olympian Stella Walsh ...

PRODUCER OF SUNDANCE AWARD WINNING MOVIE SOUTHERN COMFORT

Article appeared in Polare 45, April 2002

IndieWIRE interviews Kate Davis, producer of Southern Comfort, the story of Robert Eads, cowboy, grandfather, good ol' boy from the South who wanted to die on the land he owned and would pass on to his children. He was also a transsexual who died too young of ovarian cancer, a man born female, a mother and a daughter, a victim of discrimination ...

IS TOM CHO PLAYING WITH HIS READERS?

Article appeared in Polare 81, October 2009

Look Who's Morphing by Tom Cho is a collection of short and punchy writings with a biographical element interwoven into what is obviously fiction. It's hard to define where reality ends and fiction begins, unless Cho is playing with his readers and it's all fiction ...

 
 
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