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womenTransgender women and other feminine-identified people who were assigned male 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 male cross-dressers and others who experimented with their expression of gender for many reasons including taking on typical feminine employment and pastimes.

This section already contains, or will contain the stories of many well-known and lesser-known trans women like Georgina Beyer, Christina Jorgensen, Jin Xing, April Ashley, Carmen Rupe, Cate McGregor, Wendy Carlos, Aleshia Brevard, Rosalyne Blumenstein, Leslie Townsend, RuPaul, Julia Serano, Julia Doulman, Katherine Cummings, Elizabeth Riley, Kate Bornstein and Jennifer Finney Boylan.

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SIGNIFICANT CONTRIBUTION, ACHIEVEMENTS AND A CAREER IN CONTEMPORARY MUSIC AS A PIONEER OF SYNTHESIZED SOUND

Article appeared in Polare 12, April 1996

The operation through which Walter Carlos became Wendy Carlos has always carried with it an element of sensationalism which has threatened to sideline her significant contribution, achievements and her 28-year career in contemporary music as a pioneer of synthesized sound ...

THE STORY OF A TRANSSEXUAL, REVAMPED, UPDATED, UNCUT

Article appeared in Polare 74, January 2008

This is an updated, expanded and uncensored version of a previous autobiography published in 1992 that won an Australian Human Rights Non-Fiction Award. Kate, as she is known to close friends (and there seem to be a profusion of them in her book) tells all ... 

JIN XING, CHINA'S LEADING DANCER, PUSHING THE LIMITS

Article appeared in Polare 13, June 1996

China's leading dancer, Jin Xing had dreamed of becoming a girl since childhood. After years of gruelling training, Jin earned a scholarship to study in the U.S. and the chance to fulfil her inner-most dreams ... 

FALLING IN LOVE WITH THE SYDNEY NIGHTLIFE

Article appeared in Polare 81, October 2009

Rusty grew up in a big family in Western Australia and explains that being who she is was never an issue for the Watjarri Nyungar people. As long as she can remember her family was always there for her. Then she came to Sydney fell in love with the nightlife ... 

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 ... 

KATHERINE'S MANY ATTEMPTS TO CATCH-UP WITH THE "LADY ON THE GO"

Article appeared in Polare 64, July 2005

Katherine Cummings first became aware of April Ashley when the story broke about her divorce proceedings. Her heart went out to April Ashley, who was fighting a courageous battle on behalf of all of us who might one day want our gender fully recognised under the law ... 

TRACIE O'KEEFE: THE NEW GIRL ON THE BLOCK

Article appeared in Polare 40, December 2000

Tracie introduces herself to Polare readers as being born officially male, due to an obstinate and ignorant British government, that still remains on her birth certificate even though she has lived as, and had a passport as a female for thirty years ... 

A TEENAGE RUNAWAY AND HER CONTACT WITH SUICIDE, GENDER IDENTITY ISSUES, DRUG ADDICTION, AND THE SEX INDUSTRY

Article appeared in Polare 55, January 2004

Rarely will you read such a depiction of debauchery, desperation and the need to define oneself as female as in Branded T by Rosalyne Blumenstein. Blumenstein's account of her life and drug addiction interwoven with the dynamics of her transsexual experience are riveting ...

REST IN PEACE

Article appeared in Polare 90, January 2012

Transgender icon, Carmen Rupe died on December 15 following ill-health. Born in New Zealand, it didn't take her long to start kicking the gender barriers apart, going on to have a long and distinguished career as a drag performer at several of Sydney's nightclubs including Les Girls ...

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 ... 

A MEMOIR

Article appeared in Polare 42, October 2001

Deidre McCloskey began cross-dressing aged 11, and continued through her twenty year marriage gradually crystallising her wish for a complete role and body change. Her memoir,Crossing, illustrates just how much of a feminine role is socially prescribed in western cultures ... 

A BUDDHIST TEACHER GIVES UP HIDING

Article appeared in Polare 25, June 1998

Caitriona has been out among friends for about twenty years, but to truly come out has always meant coming out to her Buddhist community of students and fellow teachers. Only now does she realise how incomplete she had been because she hadn't had the courage to do that...

 
 
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