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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 PROFILE INTERVIEW

Article appeared in Polare 65, October 2005

Margaret Stumpp is a Senior Vice President at Fortune 500 investment firm, Prudential Financial. She is also an openly transsexual person having transitioned in 2002. Interviewed by Susan Jordan, Margaret discusses her transition at such a large multi-national corporation ... 

PORTRAIT OF A LESBIAN TRANSSEXUAL

Article appeared in Polare 30, April 1999

Geri Nettick's story is another of those by women who transitioned in the 70s, a "graduate" of the Stanford gender program, and presents some of the difficulties of growing up in that period as a transsexual child, but one whose sexual orientation made her a "questionable fit" for the gatekeepers of the time ... 

THE LIFE AND LOVES OF A TRANSGENDERED LESBIAN LIBRARIAN

Article appeared in Polare 100, January 2014

Associate Professor Irina Pollard reviews Katherine Cummings' latest book and says will it will spearhead further rectification of the numerous deprivations of basic human rights heaped on transgender people ...

ELIZABETH RILEY SHARES HER STORY WITH NEW IDEA MAGAZINE AND S.B.S. TELEVISION

Article appeared in Polare 51, April 2003

Liz is a kind, gentle character who talks eloquently about what she went through in her quest to undergo her transformation. Gender Centre Manager, Elizabeth Riley shares her story with New Idea magazine's Rachael Lloyd, a story that also featured on an S.B.S. documentary ...

AN INSPIRATION AND AN ICON TO THE TRANSGENDERED WORLD

Article appeared in Polare 64, July 2005

April Ashley realised early that her femininity would cause problems for her. By sixteen she was institutionalised, given shock therapy and testosterone to make her more masculine. She escaped to London, then to Paris where she became one of the stars at the Carrousel Club ... 

... ON PLAYING THE LEGENDARY CARLOTTA

Article appeared in Polare 100, August 2014

Jessica Marais, who plays the legendary Carlotta in the telemovie about the former star of Sydney's Lés Girls, entertainer and showbiz personality discusses her role playing Australia's best known transsexual woman ...

WORKING OUT HOW TO DEAL WITH HER OVERPOWERING URGE TO CHANGE HER SEX

Article appeared in Polare 55, January 2004

In 1977, when Rachel was 23, she arrived England to do her PhD. She had grown up in Australia but had seized the opportunity to go to England for another reason, because finally she might be able to work out how to deal with her overpowering urge to change her sex ... 

EULOGY BY ONE OF STEPHANIE'S FRIENDS

Article appeared in Polare 72, July 2007

This eulogy was written by one of Stephanie's closest friends, one who had cared for her and supported her over a number of years, and who organised a memorial event for Stephanie in June 2007, after her friends had been denied access to her funeral by her parents ... 

SEEKING TO BURY HER TERRIFYING SELF-KNOWLEDGE DEEP WITHIN HERSELF

Article appeared in Polare 24, April 1998

Christine's parents have registered and christened her as a boy, how are they to know any different? But within three years 'he' will know otherwise, and the little girl inside will have learned enough about life to not mention her pro­found self-knowledge to anyone ... 

A MUST READ FOR ALL FOODIES

Article appeared in Polare 77, October 2008

Katherine Cummings reviews Sex, Knives and Bouillabaisse, and writes, "it was quick, witty, full of exaggeration and crazy humour. When it dawned on me that I was reading an autobiography by someone who had lived these mad experiences, my enjoyment increased tenfold ...

THE LADYBOYS OF BANGKOK AT STAR CITY CASINO

Article appeared in Polare 56, March 2004

Oh what a night Sharon and her partner had at Star City Showroom watching the Ladyboys of Bangkok cabaret. She hopes that shows like this will help break down some pretty rigid gender barriers and our society become more tolerant of people who are transgender ... 

A LIFE IN TWO GENDERS

Article appeared in Polare 53, August 2003

She's Not There by Jennifer Finney Boylan brings irreverence and a merrily outrageous sense of humour to this potentially serious business. As James, Boylan felt out of place in a man's body and eventually he felt compelled to investigate his medical options ... 

 
 
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