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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.

A HEROINE FOR MANY TRANSGENDERED PEOPLE TODAY

Article appeared in Polare 49, December 2002

On December 1, 1952, New York Daily News readers were greeted with the astonishing headline "ex-G.I. becomes blonde beauty". Days later, American Weekly paid $20,000 for an exclusive interview with Jorgensen that brought her story into millions of American homes ... 

A TRANSSEXUAL'S STORY AND THE FIGHT FOR RECOGNITION

Article appeared in Polare 87, April 2011

This autobiography by Kathy Anne Noble, one of the most dedicated activists and advocates for the cause of the transgendered in Australia is a valuable and useful addition to the few transgender books written by Australians ...

GRAMMY AWARD WINNING COMPOSER AND MUSICIAN

Article appeared in Polare 18, April 1997

Wendy Carlos has written works for ensembles as diverse as the Kronos Quartet, the London Philharmonic, and the Boston Symphony, and film scores for short subjects and full length features. This article looks at the transgender composer's Grammy Award winning career ...

A TRANSSEXUAL WOMAN ON SEXISM AND THE SCAPEGOATING OF FEMININITY

Article appeared in Polare 74, January 2008

This book focuses on sexism, privilege, misogyny, objectification, mystification, and discrimination, but unlike most feminist texts, it focuses on cissexual privilege, trans-misogyny, trans-objectification, trans-mystification, and discrimination against trans people ... 

WHEN RUPAUL SAYS YOU GOTTA WORK SHE'S NOT JUST TALKING ABOUT THE CATWALK!

Article appeared in Polare 3, March 1994

RuPaul sashays onto the stage at London's Heaven club to riotous applause, screams and general hysteria from the crowd on the packed dance floor. She's wearing some very tight sequined hot pants, massive shoes and a hell of a smile ...

 
 
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