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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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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...

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 ... 

BEING DIFFERENT IS NO REASON FOR GUILT

Article appeared in Polare 64, July 2005

Diane is suing the U.S. Government for sex discrimination. Last fall, the Congressional Research Service offered Dave a job as a terrorism research analyst, then rescinded the offer when Dave disclosed he was in the process of making the medical transition to Diane ... 

FROM FREE SELF-DEFENCE DEMO TO THE GAY GAMES

Article appeared in Polare 88, July 2011

Delilah Slack-Smith triumphed at the Australian Martial Arts Championships recently, taking first place in the black belt open weapons division against a large field of accomplished martial artists ...

MOLL CUTPURSE, ELENO DE CESPEDES, KINGHENRI IIIABBE DE CHOISYCHEVALIER D'EONAND MORE

Article appeared in Polare 8, August 1995

Throughout the modern history of western society a number of people have successfully changed their gender. This article looks at the most famous of them from the 16th through 19th centuries including Eleno de Cespedes and Abbe de Choisy ...

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 ...

ONE OF THE SYDNEY GAY SCENE'S MOST LOVED THEATRE ARTISTS PASSES ON

Article appeared in Polare 89, October 2011

One of the Sydney gay scene's most loved theatre artists Rose Jackson died in July.Perhaps best known as the star performer at Capriccios, the first gay club to open in Oxford St in the early 1970s, Rose's career as both a costumier and entertainer boasted many highlights ...

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 ...

THE TRUE SAGA OF HOW TOM BECAME SALLY

Article appeared in Polare 61, January 2005

Joining the Navy prior to the conclusion orWWII to her S.R.S. in Montreal in 1999, Fixed For Life: The True Saga of How Tom Became Sallyby Irene Priess is the story of Tom who became Sally weaving through the years, an inner drive thwarted by circumstances and pragmatism ...

CHANGING GENDER AND DRESS ARE VERY ANCIENT BEHAVIOURS

Article appeared in Polare 4, August 1994

Changing gender and dress are very ancient behaviours. The first recorded incident of cross-dressing is a 7th century B.C.E. Assyrian tablet showing King Ashurbanipal getting into drag. But customs and rituals associated with cross-dressing were very much older ... 

TANGLING WITH SELF-DESTRUCTION

Article appeared in Polare 51, April 2003

Albert Bornstein, born fifty-five years ago, underwent a sex reassignment operation in 1986 and bloomed into Kate, who considers herself neither male nor female. Bornstein has challenged society's expectations ever since, zeroing in on restrictive dualistic gender roles ...

AUTOBIOGRAPHY OF A WOMAN WHO 'PASSES' IN WAYS THAT MAKE YOUR HEAD SPIN, YET STEALTH COMES AT A PRICE

Article appeared in Polare 50, February 2003

Leslie Townsend "passes" in ways that make your head spin, yet she lacks the resources to pay for her operation and turns to prostitution. Post-surgery deep stealth comes at a high price, the inability to fully share life with others, especially one important other ... 

 
 
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