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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.

Support Information is available for download from The Gender Centre, and are available in PDF format. You will need Adobe Acrobat Reader or similar to view and print P.D.F. files. If you don't have Acrobat Reader you can download it for free at the Adobe website.

CHANGING SEX AND CHANGING CLOTHES

Article appeared in Polare 30, April 1999

S/he is a book that, in many respects, is a reflection on the process of transition, both from the experience of the author, a transwoman who transitioned in the early '70s, but did not haveS.R.S. until many years later, and the experiences of over a hundred other transmen and transwomen interviewed in the process of writing the book ...

SOUTH EAST ASIAN GENDER CROSSING

Article appeared in Polare 5, November 1994

Across South East Asia there is an ancient tradition of crossing gender. In the folk tales of many societies we meet beings that change sex as a source of power. Join Roberta Perkins as she writes about the ancient traditions of gender-crossing in South East Asia ...

AMERICAN INDIAN TRANSGENDERS

Article appeared in Polare 100, August 2014

Drawing on her extensive knowledge and research on North American Indian culture, Roberta Perkins explains just how widespread gender-crossers were in this time and how they were treated by their fellow tribespeople ...

ONE OF THE WORLD'S MOST BEAUTIFUL WOMEN OF THE TWENTIETH CENTURY

Article appeared in Polare 69, November 2006

April Ashley was one of the world's most beautiful women of the 20th century. She was also one the most notorious. Born George Jamieson, the son of a British Liverpudlian sailor, she grew up to work in probably the most famous trannie revue nightclub, Le Carousel in Paris ... 

THE KATHERINE CUMMINGS STORY

Article appeared in Polare 41, August 2001

This essay was written in 1996 for a competition run by the Society of Women Writers, New South Wales. It was published in a collection of women's writings. It forms a sort of sequel to Katherine's autobiography and may tell you a little more about your Polare editor ... 

A PERSONAL JOURNEY FROM MAN TO WOMAN

Article appeared in Polare 81, October 2009

This autobiography by award-winning writer and screenwriter, Josephine Emery, is reviewed by Katherine Cummings who writes that much of this book will be familiar to male-to-female transgenders however she could have done with fewer descriptions of Josie's sex life ...

THE DRAG SCENE IN SYDNEY IN THE 1980S

Article appeared in Polare 1, September 1993

The subculture of Sydney's transgender people in the 1980's was centred around Kings Cross and Darlinghurst. Labelled "drag queens" regardless of our motives we became victims of this ignorance as showgirls, as prostitutes and bar girls, we lived in fear of being sprung ... 

A TRANSSEXUAL JOURNEY

Article appeared in Polare 51, April 2003

Like many transsexual autobiographies, Aleshia Brevard's is a painful story of a little boy who knows he's different, her parents try very hard to push him to fit in, she discovers the 'why' to his difference about the same time he learns it is not okay to talk about it ...

A TRAVELLER'S GUIDE

Article appeared in Polare 62, March 2005

Samantha Adams lets you ramble freely through her diary of transition. The candour and honesty with which her diary is written opens our minds to transition through her eyes. Her diary is straightforward and gives freely of her experiences along the way to her new life ...

GENDER-CROSSING SHAMANS SPANNING DIFFERENT CULTURES

Article appeared in Polare 7, May 1995

Amongst the Koryak people in Russia's far east, the secrets of shamanism were passed onto women by their mothers, whilst men could only acquire these secrets supernaturally, ordered in a dream to take up the profession and to dress and live as women to avoid impotency ... 

VETERAN OF SOME OF THE WORLD'S MOST DANGEROUS WAR ZONES

Article appeared in Polare 37, June 2000

Flight Lieutenant Caroline Paige, a thirty-nine-year-old R.A.F. Officer who has flown missions over some of the world's most dangerous war zones including the Gulf War and the Bosnian conflict is waiting to return to flying duties having undergone a sex-change operation ... 

HONEST, OPEN AND CANDID

Article appeared in Polare 64, July 2005

Transactions by Erica Zander is easily one of the best books on the life of transsexual women available today. Instead of the typical approach, what is presented is a down to earth and insightful view of transsexuality. Honest, open and candid, and without the myths ... 

 
 
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