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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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TUTOR IN SOCIOLOGY AT SYDNEY UNIVERSITY & TRANSGENDER ACTIVIST

Article appeared in Polare 21, October 1997

Jill Hooley, is a tutor in Sociology at Sydney University. In 1997 she presented a paper at the 'Re:Activate' Conference (Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Activisms), Polare interviewed her there and also asked her about her involvement in coalition politics ... 

ROLE MODEL FOR MILLIONS

Article appeared in Polare 83, April 2010

Chinese dancer Jin Xing is one of the most remarkable and admirable women living today. Born male in 1967 she showed an early love of dance and a determination to make it her life, going on a hunger strike at the age of nine in order to be allowed to attend dance school ...

IN CONTROL OF HER LIFE!

Article appeared in Polare 52, June 2003

Julia is not a big woman but she has amazing strength and a smile which could light up Central Station. She has suffered terribly at the hands of her family, her employers and the bigoted public and she has come through it all with courage and style ...

THANK YOU, BATHURST

Article appeared in Polare 55, January 2004

Julia Doulman was delighted with the reception afforded to her when she returned to her home town of Bathurst for a screening of the film Becoming Julia, which followed her progress over two years through transition and was a hit at the recent Sydney Film Festival ...

FOR THE TRANSSEXUAL AND LESBIAN COMBO

Article appeared in Polare 59, September 2004

Mel and Teri's day begins like any other, but soon turns to chaos when car troubles set a series of stereotypical conflicts in motion as the lesbian and trans duo interact with the mainstream, heteronormative world ... 

SIX MONTHS OF INSANITY AND HYSTERIA IN THE BACKPACKING INDUSTRY

Article appeared in Polare 80, July 2009

Teri has transitioned from male to female and is in a steady relationship with her dominatrix partner, Jo. They are in New Zealand having left Australia in haste with virtually no money, soon they find themselves as the management team of a Christchurch hostel ... 

GENDER OUTLAW, KATE BORNSTEIN OFFERS SOME ALTERNATIVES TO SUICIDE IN HER NEW BOOK

Article appeared in Polare 72, July 2007

Jewish-American author, playwright, performance artist, and gender theorist, Kate Bornstein underwent sex reassignment surgery to live as a woman, then realised she was neither a man or woman. To say she's lived a colourful and adventurous life is an understatement ...

A TRIBUTE FROM ELIZABETH RILEY

Article appeared in Polare 97, October 2013

Lesley Findlay sadly died in August. Lesley was a member of the Gender Centre's Management Committee, she was a former President of the Seahorse Society of N.S.W. and also served on the Board of the Inner City Legal Centre. A tireless 'behind-the-scenes' worker for the transgender community, she will be sorely missed as indicated by Elizabeth in this tribute ...

THE MĀHŪ OF TAHITI, THE FA'A FAFINE IN SAMOA, THE FAKALEITI IN TONGA AND MORE

Article appeared in Polare 3, March 1994

The condoned social condition of males living as women existed right across the many islands of Polynesia, from Hawaiʻi to New Zealand and from Tonga to Easter Island. The history of the transgender people, often called māhūfa'a fafineand fakaleiti on the islands of the South Pacific ...

GENDER SHIFT AS SYSTEMS CHANGE MANAGEMENT

Article appeared in Polare 69, November 2006

All Josie's life she would wake from a terrifying nightmare in which she would suddenly discover herself out in public as a woman. There would be nowhere to run. Nowhere to hide. And yet, as she looked around, no one seemed to notice. Now She lives that dream every day ...

SUPERSTAR OF THE TRANSGENDER FIRMAMENT

Article appeared in Polare 43, December 2001

Lynn Conway is the first truly successful case to come out of long-term stealth and tell her remarkable story. In doing so, her fascinating story should give hope to young transsexuals and hopefully help parents see the real possibility of happiness for a trans child ...

PERSONAL NARRATIVES OF THAILAND'S TRANSGENDERED YOUTH

Article appeared in Polare 73, October 2007

Male Bodies, Women's Souls includes the experiences of some of Thailand's young katoey, or Lady Boys. These narratives are illuminating to Western ignorance of Thailand's gender constructs and how non-normative males with female-type behaviours fit into Thai society ... 

 
 
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