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    Some events of 20122011, 2010, 2009, 2008.

    This is just some of what happened in 2013.

    Part 1: Organizations & Activists, Equal marriage, Other Legislation.
    Part 2: Persons.
    Part 3: Spouses, lovers and Family, Trans Kids,
    Part 4: Political, Celebrities, Sports.
    Part 5: Schools, Universities & Colleges, Imprisonment,Nemeses, Internet.
    Part 6: Doctors & Sexologists, Medicine, Genetics, Legal, Obituaries
    Part 7: Dress Reform, Cis Surgeries, Fashion, Beauty Pageants, Performance,
    Part 8: Art, Television & Radio, Adverts, Theatre, Cinema
    Part 9: Jargon, News Media, Theses & Studies,
    Part 10: Bookshops, Archives, Books.

      Spouses, lovers and Family
        This year we actually have some male spouses and lovers.

        Diary of a drag queen's husband
        Lou Reed, rock singer died, and it was remembered that his lover in the 1970s was a trans woman.

        Robyn Walters & Emery Ford both previously married twice, both had four children, both transitioned. Then they married each other.

        New Blog:
          Trans Kids
            Arin Andrews and Katie Hill, Oklahoma, now 17 and 19, both transitioned and a couple.

            Colorado's civil rights division determined that a school district discriminated in refusing to let Coy Mathis, a first-grader, use the girls' restroom.

            Danielle Sheridan, 8, Richmond Hill, Ontario, in first Pride parade in the area, supported by Mayor.

            Kaden, who was on Oprah when he was 11, is now in his 20s.

            Leo Waddell, 12, Lowestoft.

            Lulu, Argentina, 6, granted girl's identity card.

            Jazz --- transgender at 11: I want boobs.

            Harriette Dickens and her family.

            Jake, a trans boy was on The Oprah Show in 2007. His brother Jason feeling ignored became anorexic. Now both brothers are in their early 20s and get on well. Jake is a psychology student and LGBT activist.

            Tony Zamazal, Houston, 19, permitted to dress female at school prom.

            Issak Wolfe, Pennsylvania, permitted to take his girlfriend to the school prom, however when ran for prom king, was listed under prom queen.

            Nicole Maines, 14, Maine. Family sued over access to female restroom.

            Nikki, featured in People magazine.

            Tyler, Maryland.

            William Copeland and his supportive family.

            Family court of Australia judge gave permission for two trans teenagers to undergo hormone treatment, after it was revealed that both teens had self-harmed and contemplated suicide.
            • Marsha Aizumi with Aiden Aizumi. Two Spirits, One Heart: A Mother, Her Transgender Son, and Their Journey to Love and Acceptance. Magnus Books, 2013.
            • Michele Angello. On the Couch with Dr. Angello: A Guide to Raising & Supporting Transgender Youth. Philadelphia, PA: [S.n.], 2013.
            • Lori Duron. Raising My Rainbow: Adventures in Raising a Fabulous, Gender Creative Son. Broadway Books, 2013.
            • Jon & Luisa Edwards. The Boy Who Was Born a Girl: One Mother's Unconditional Love for Her Child. Arrow, 2013.
            • Diane Ehrenshaft. Gender Born, Gender Made: Raising Healthy Gender-Nonconforming Children. Experiment LLC; 3rd edition, 2012.
            • Paige Lucas-Stannard. Gender Neutral Parenting: Raising kids with the freedom to be themselves. Verity Publishing, 2013.
            • Anne Smith. "Girl Nutz": The Epitome of Femininity: A Child's Transgender Journey From A Parent's Perspective. AuthorHouise, 2012.

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            Some events of 20122011, 2010, 2009, 2008.

            This is just some of what happened in 2013.

            Part 1: Organizations & Activists, Equal marriage, Other Legislation.
            Part 2: Persons.
            Part 3: Spouses, lovers and Family, Trans Kids.
            Part 4: Political, Celebrities, Sports,
            Part 5: Schools, Universities & Colleges, Imprisonment, Nemeses, Internet.
            Part 6: Doctors & Sexologists, Medicine, Genetics, Legal, Obituaries
            Part 7: Dress Reform, Cis Surgeries, Fashion, Beauty Pageants, Performance,
            Part 8: Art, Television & Radio, Adverts, Theatre, Cinema
            Part 9: Jargon, News Media, Theses & Studies,
            Part 10: Bookshops, Archives, Books.

              Political Candidates

                Nikki Sinclaire, elected UK Independence Party Member of the European Parliament, left UKIP because of its homophobia, published her autobiography, and mentioned that she had transitioned 23 years ago.     Why she is not a role model.
                    Anna Grodzka, MP, nominated for Deputy Speaker, but MPs voted to keep incumbent, gave Kaleidoscope Trust Lecture on International Day Against Homophobia and Transphobia.

                    Bindiya Rana running for Pakistan Parliament.

                    Diane Rodriguez running for Ecuador Congress.

                    Georgina Beyer, NZ Labour MP 1999-2007, is suffering kidney failure.

                    Laura Calvo elected to US National Democratic Committee.

                    Naina Lal running for Pakistan Parliament.

                    Rianna Humble, in running to become Labour parliamentary candidate in Brighton.

                    Sanam Fakir running for Pakistan Parliament.

                    Valentina Verbal withdrew her candidacy for the conservative National Renewal Party of Chile rather than run under her birth name.

                    Jason Burke. "Pakistan's once-ridiculed transgender community fight elections for first time: Hijras can vote and run for seats in polls following supreme court decision recognising them as 'third gender'". The Guardian, 9 May 2013.
                        Aslam Pasha running for Karnataka assembly,

                        Hazreen Daud, political secretary to Tanjung Bungah state assemblyman Teh Yee Cheu of Malaysia's Democratic Action Party.

                        Soumya running for Karnataka assembly for the Bahujan Samaj Party.

                        Tara Hewitt elected as Chair of Wirral Conservative Future.
                          Cities, towns and regions:
                            Jane Chaplin, 65, Conservative three years on Wellington town council in Shropshire, started transition after wife died.

                            Jenifer Rene, candidate for Houston City Council.
                            Jennifer McCreath to run for deputy mayor in St John's, Newfoundland.

                            Parveen Banu was elected to a city council office in Bellary, a city of a half-million southeast of Mumbai.

                            Penny Ellis, Leominster Parish Councillor, published a novel about a pre-op and then came out as a transvestite.

                            Sarah Brown, LibDem councillor Cambridge, in a polyamorous relationship. She also tweeted: "I had a misdiagnosis which led to surgery I regret, and which has caused long term problems. Will David Batty and @bindelj write about this". But press followup ceased as soon as she mentioned that she meant surgery on her hand.

                            Also: gay mayoral candidate Marco McMillan, Clarkesdale, Mississippi, was murdered. Wikipedia.
                                Alex Jones: "I don’t want my daughters growing up in a country where some transvestite comes walking into the thing hopped out of their brain on drugs vomiting and crapping all over the place".

                                B. Scott sued BET Networks after being pulled from hosting for being in female clothing.

                                Cyndi Lauper: I am a "drag queen"

                                Freddie Mercury and Kenny Everett disguised Diana Spencer in male drag in 1988 for a trip to the Vauxhall Tavern.

                                When asked in [a USA Today] interview how it was she looked so fresh after spending the previous night ‘partying’, Gwyneth Paltrow replied: “Are you crazy? I’m like RuPaul! I have so much makeup on. Foundation! Last night, I was literally a transvestite.” This was written up by Courtney O'Donnell, and reprinted on Wipe Out Transphobia Facebook where hundreds of trans people left comments attacking transvestites, cross dressers, drag queens and other fringe members of the trans community simply because they don't want to be associated with them, and the site moderator had to remove both article and comments and left an explanation. Courtney explained in an Huffington Post article. (Actually Paltrow in wearing much makeup, given that she is a woman, was a homeovestite not a transvestite).

                                Mister Cee, New York Hop Hop DJ, resigned (for less than a day) after a video was posted of him soliciting sex from trans woman Bimbo Winehouse.

                                Imelda Marcos made her husband's generals dress as women.

                                Jared Leto auditioned and stayed in role for trans part in Dallas Buyers Club.

                                Richard O'Brien discussed his gender with the BBC.
                                    Aeris Houlihan told by England Football Association that cannot play on women's team until two years after her operation.

                                    Bobbie Lancaster, golfer, tried out for LPGA tour.

                                    Cory Oskam got to skate with hockey star Cory Schneider.

                                    Drew-Ashlyn Cunningham, of My Transsexual Summer is now UK's 1st trans wrestler.

                                    Fallon Fox, MMA fighter, came out in an interview with Outsports, and some challenged her right to fight females.

                                    Harley Ryder, wrestler.

                                    Taylor Edelmann, volleyball captain.

                                    Tony Bias, school basketball player, Los Angeles.

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                                    Some events of 20122011, 2010, 2009, 2008.

                                    This is just some of what happened in 2013.

                                    Part 1: Organizations & Activists, Equal marriage, Other Legislation.
                                    Part 2: Persons
                                    Part 3: Spouses, lovers and Family, Trans & Intersex Kids.
                                    Part 4: Political, Celebrities, Sports.
                                    Part 5: Schools, Universities & Colleges, Imprisonment,Nemeses, Internet.
                                    Part 6: Doctors & Sexologists, Medicine, Genetics, Legal, Obituaries
                                    Part 7: Dress Reform, Cis Surgeries, Fashion, Beauty Pageants, Performance,
                                    Part 8: Art, Television & Radio, Adverts, Theatre, Cinema
                                    Part 9: Jargon, News Media, Theses & Studies,
                                    Part 10: Bookshops, Archives, Books.

                                    Schools, Universities & Colleges

                                    Cameron Partridge appointed Episcopalian chaplain at Boston University.

                                    Economist Deirdre McCloskey given award by Competitive Enterprise Institute.

                                    H. Adam Ackley, chair of theology and philosophy, taught at Azusa Pacific University for 15 years, asked to leave after starting transition.

                                    Mark Krolikowski, teacher, sued school in Queens, NY, after being laid off after starting transition.

                                    Walter L. Williams, author of The Spirit and the Flesh: Sexual Diversity in American Indian Culture, 1986, was arrested in Mexico, charged with sexual predation in the Philippines, and held without bail in Los Angeles.

                                    University of Arizona, Center for Critical Studies of the Body and a graduate degree program in transgender studies and Susan Stryker.


                                      Ashley Del Valle, in Savannah, arrested for exposing breasts, jailed with men.

                                      Chelsea Manning sentenced to 35 years in a US Military prison.

                                      Jesiah MacDonald, Nova Scotia, wanted to use the money from the marijuana to pay for his operation, spared jail time.

                                      Paris Green , newly convicted for murder, has applied for gender re-assignment, but was moved after having sex with female inmates.

                                      Walter L Williams – see Universities section above.

                                      Harris County, Texas, the 3rd largest jail in the US, has adopted a policy of trans prisoners being houses according to gender identity, and addressing them accordingly.

                                      New Zealand Ministry of Corrections announced that the New Zealand Cabinet is to change the corrections rules in order to allow prisoners to be placed in a prison which matches the gender they identify with, rather than their birth gender.
                                      • Michelle Lynne Kosilek. Grace's Daughter. Smashwords, 2012. The autobiography of the Massachusetts convicted murderer who has sued for gender surgery.

                                          RadFem 2013 was to have been held at the London Irish Centre but was cancelled after protests from trans and mens lib groups, and after the Centre investigated past comments by the proposed speakers.

                                          Pacific Justice Institute claimed in October that a trans girl in Colorado was harassing other girls in the girls' rest room. This was repeated on Fox News and elsewhere until the school's superintendent explained that in reality the complaint was from one mother who objected to the trans girl on principle. As a result the girl in question became a national target for vitriol, harassment and death threats.

                                          Frank Schubert recruited by US National Organization for Marriage to oppose California's new law allowing trans kids to choose their gender.

                                          Todd Koncannon, Former Executive Director of South Carolina GOP, believes Transgender People Should Be 'Put in a Camp'.

                                          Pat Robinson compared trans people to his castrated horse.

                                          Herman Rowland, CEO of Jelly Bean Candy Co, donated $5,000 towards repealing California's School Sucess and Opportunity Act.

                                          Mariam, on Pakistan reality show, “Living on the edge: Kon hai risk taker” , said that the one thing that she hated was Hijras. The television channel, ARV Musik, distanced itself from the contestant by running a disclaimer that said it did not support her views.

                                          Matt Barber, described as a “pro-family attorney” claimed that parents who let their transgender children live according to their identity are committing “nothing short of child abuse".

                                          Shock jocks Lex Staley and Terry Jaymes on Sirius XM joked about the shooting of Coco McDonald.

                                          Daily Mail columnist Richard Littlejohn defended what he wrote about Lucy Meadows, even after being criticized by the coroner.

                                          Following the Twitter storm re Suzanne Moore's essay with a passing reference to " Brazilian transsexual" (see next section) Julie Burchill, wrote an in-your-face article for The Observer, which then took it down and it was reprinted in The Telegraph. The Press Complaints Commission said Burchill did not breach rules on discrimination as she did not single out any individuals, but referred to ‘transgender people generally’. The police have recorded it as a hate incident, but have decided to not take further action. Jennie Kermode, the Chair of Trans Media Watch, said she was not surprised by the MET’s decision: ‘Although many people feel strongly that hate speech in a newspaper should be treated the same way it is when it happens in the street, existing laws make it very difficult for that to happen."

                                          2 articles in CounterPunch:

                                              Suzanne Moore wrote an excellent essay for The New Statesman making a lot of valid feminist points. She included the sentences: "The cliché is that female anger is always turned inwards rather than outwards into despair. We are angry with ourselves for not being happier, not being loved properly and not having the ideal body shape – that of a Brazilian transsexual. " She did not mention the high murder rate of Brazilian transsexuals , although the sentences can be reread with a slightly different meaning bearing that in mind. A subset of trans women cut her no slack at all and some used crude misogynist language which drove Moore to close her Twitter account.

                                              #transdocfail produced 130 detailed cases of abuse, and 98 were presented to the UK General Medical Council.

                                              #fuckcispeople, reportedly started by Laurelai Baile: “The message being that transgender people are systematically oppressed, trans women of color especially are at the highest risk of rape, murder and other forms of violence. We have every right to be angry about this and we have every right to express that anger.”

                                              Chelsea Manning
                                              Chelsea's was the most publicized transition of the year, coming as it did with her being sentenced to 35 years because of her brave act as a whistleblower. While most trans persons supported Chelsea, some decided that they had a stronger allegiance to to surveillance state than to other transsexuals: Kristin Beck, Diane Kearny, Autumn Sandeen. However 95,000+ nominated her for the Nobel Peace Prize and she was nominated as marshal at SF Pride.
                                              New blogs and Websites.
                                                Apparently discontinued blogs etc (but some such do return after a break):
                                                  An Iranian Transsexual
                                                  At Home She's a Tourist
                                                  Being Drusilla.
                                                  Cindi Jones.
                                                  From Transgender to Transhuman
                                                  Intersex and the City
                                                  Laxmi's Inner Shadows
                                                  Maple Centers
                                                  Moje Transpłciowe Bohaterki - My Transgender Heroines
                                                  Science and Sexuality: The Biology of Sexual Identity, Sexual Orientation, and Intersexuality
                                                  Southern Crossdressing
                                                  TS-AG - Deutsche
                                                    Websites changed:
                                                      Tima Thransen has reorganized her Vidensbanken om kønsidentitet

                                                      Z and the Universe moved to

                                                      Web Videos
                                                      iiGethii posted a time-lapse video of her change over three years.

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                                                      Some events of 20122011, 2010, 2009, 2008.

                                                      This is just some of what happened in 2013.

                                                      Part 1: Organizations & Activists, Equal marriage, Other Legislation.
                                                      Part 2: Persons.
                                                      Part 3: Spouses, lovers and Family, Trans Kids.
                                                      Part 4: Political, Celebrities, Sports.
                                                      Part 5: Schools, Universities & Colleges, Imprisonment,Nemeses, Internet.
                                                      Part 6: Doctors & Sexologists, Medicine, Genetics, Legal, Obituaries.
                                                      Part 7: Dress Reform, Cis Surgeries, Fashion, Beauty Pageants, Performance.
                                                      Part 8: Art, Television & Radio, Adverts, Theatre, Cinema
                                                      Part 9: Jargon, News Media, Theses & Studies,
                                                      Part 10: Bookshops, Archives, Books.

                                                        Doctors & Sexologists
                                                          Thorkil Sørensen, the Danish psychiatrist responsible for the chapter on transsexuality in the psychiatric handbook used by medical students, Psykiatri. En lærebog om voksnes psykiske sygdom, has decided not to classify it as a disorder in the newest edition.

                                                          Laura Cameron interviewed Ray Blanchard. "How the Psychiatrist Who Co-Wrote the Manual on Sex Talks About Sex". Motherboard, April 2013.

                                                          Joseph Berger, obscure Toronto psychiatrist, attempted to attract attention by testifying at the hearings for the Canadian trans rights bill by claiming that there is no such thing as a transgender.

                                                          Jack Dresher, New York psychiatrist who has strongly spoken out against conversion therapy for gays, was invited by the New York Times to comment on the Coy Mathis case and pronounced : "Actually, no one knows whether Coy will continue to feel that she is a girl when her body develops further, since most children like her grow up to be gay, not transgender" as if Richard Green's Sissy Boy Syndrome, 1987 were the latest research in the field. Response by Kelly Winters

                                                          Dr Albert Yuen Wai-cheung of Ruttonjee Hospital, Hong Kong has done 70 sex correction surgeries since 1987, more trans men than trans woman.

                                                          Mohammad Saberi, the head of the Tehran Department of Forensic Psychiatry reported 8 times as meny mtf as ftm operations in Iran. In Iran, he says, one in every 50,000 to 100,000 people suffers from gender identity disorder. He added that sex change operations have a 30-year history in Iran, and of the 60 cases of the disorder reported each year, about 40 people are approved for sex change operations. operations are now well regulated after being brought under the supervision of the Department of Forensic Psychiatry, which has developed a strict protocol. He reported that in the past 18 years, the youngest person to undergo a sex change operation was 14 and the oldest was 53. He stressed, however, that under the new regulations, sex change operations are not approved for minors.

                                                          Richard Curtis, Russell Reid's successor, was under investigation.

                                                          New Gender Identity Clinic in Uptown Chicago. More.

                                                          New clinic in Brisbane, after previous clinic lost its funding. $20,000 was needed and was provided a member of PFLAG.

                                                          3 Vietnamese hospitals assigned to prepare for doing transgender surgery.

                                                          DSM 5. Comments: Kelly Winters, Andrea James.

                                                          UK General Medical Council agreed to examine 39 case histories involving alleged abuse of trans patients.

                                                          The relatively unknown John Dean was appointed to lead the UK NHS Gender Identity Services Clinical Reference Group.

                                                          NHS England will temporarily implement an edited version of the policies and protocols for trans patients used by the NHS in Scotland. The plan is then for the Clinical Reference Group under John Dean, to develop policies for England which address the equality concerns raised.

                                                          Damien Riggs & Clemence Due of Flinders University, Adelaide, published The Health Care Experiences of People whose Gender Identity Differs from that Expected of their Natally Assigned Sex, reported discrimination by health professionals. Full report.
                                                            Medicine & Genetics
                                                              Marcie Bowers and the Raelian Church ally to restore sexuality to victims of female genital mutilation.

                                                              The Human Rights Campaign and the National Center for Transgender Equality wrote calling on the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) to re-evaluate a discriminatory policy that denies cancer screenings to transgender women in that they are not considered women.

                                                              New US Affordable Care Act has extra hurdles for trans persons.

                                                              Ancestral societies that accepted trans members had evolutionary advantages.

                                                                Cis Obituaries
                                                                  Jean Manford (1920-2013) co-founder of PFLAG.
                                                                  Colin Wilson (1931 – 2013) prolific author who was Charlotte Bach's first biographer.
                                                                  Lou Reed (1942 – 2013) singer-songwriter who had a trans lover in the 1970s, and wrote about other trans women.
                                                                  Iain Banks (1954 - 2013) author of The Wasp Factory.

                                                                  Killed by a trans person:

                                                                  Reena Andrews, Spokane, Washington, shot Erin Bailey, a trans man and self.
                                                                  Paris Green (when still Peter Laing), Glasgow, and 2 others brutally murdered Robert Shankland this last March over a bag of crisps, is now convicted and serving a life sentence, and has applied for gender re-assignment.

                                                                  Trans Obituaries – other than being murdered

                                                                  Betty Cowell (1918 – 2011) UK's first surgical trans woman. Her death two years ago only now reported.
                                                                  José Sarria (1922 – 2013) San Francisco caterer, drag queen, activist.
                                                                  Georgina Somerset (1923 – 2013) dentist, author of first book on transsexuality.
                                                                  Yvonne Sinclair (1928 – 2013) London activist. More.
                                                                  Joanne Marie Conte (1933 – 2013) council member in Arvada outed by political opponents, Colorado, state legislature candidate, reporter.
                                                                  Tobi Marsh (1938 – 2012) performer.
                                                                  Joann Roberts (1948 – 2013) TGForum co-founder, from lung cancer.
                                                                  PJ Torokvei (1951 – 2013) actor producer screenwriter.
                                                                  Jazzie Collins (1958 – 2012) activist
                                                                  Melani Elaneke (1959 – 2013) Hawaiian-San Francisco activist.
                                                                  Danielle Kaufman (1960 – 2013) California doctor, after publishing her autobiography. Article by Danielle.
                                                                  Erica Andrews (1969 – 2013) performer, of a lung infection.
                                                                  Chrisie Edkins (1980 – 2013) singer, ex-bodybuilder, performed at York Pride, suicide. Previously.
                                                                  Amber Maxwell (1993 – 2013) revolutionary socialist.
                                                                    Murdered Trans persons
                                                                      238 murders of trans persons were recorded in 2013, and many more died without being recorded. These are but a small sample.

                                                                      Ce Ce Dove (1992 – 2012) Cleveland, Ohio.
                                                                      Cecilia Marahouse (? -2013) performer, Fortaleza, Brazil.
                                                                      Lucy Meadows (1980-2013) schoolteacher, Accrington, Lancs, of suicide after Press harassment.
                                                                      Domonique Newburn (1982 – 2013) star in YouTube series, Hollywood Houseboys.
                                                                      Diamond Williams (1982 – 2013) Philadelphia, killed by a trick.
                                                                      Eyricka Morgan (1987 – 2013) New Brunswick, New Jersey, killed by a neighbor.
                                                                      Dora Özer (1988 - 2012) Aydin, Turkey. YouTube.
                                                                      Evon Young (1991-2013) rapper, Milwaukee.
                                                                      Islan Nettles (1992 – 2013) employee at H&M, New York, killed by a stranger she passed on the street.
                                                                      Dasha Shtern (1991 – 2013) employee of Ekaterinburg municipality until fired after new Russian anti-gay laws. Suicide.
                                                                      Dwayne Jones (1995 – 2013) Jamaica, killed at a party when read. Later Dwayne's house was firebombed.

                                                                      Here is the best list of names for November 2011-November 2012

                                                                      Note the general increase: 162 in 2009
                                                                      179 in 2010
                                                                      221 in 2011
                                                                      265 in 2012
                                                                      238 in 2013 (which is slightly less bad than 2012)
                                                                      the majority from Brazil (95, 126 in 2012), Mexico (40, 48 in 2012), the USA (16, 15 in 2012), Venezuela (15, 9 in 2011), Honduras (12, 8 in 2012), Colombia (12, 6 in 2012), and In Asia most reported cases have been found inIndia (8) and Turkey (5).

                                                                      Of course most countries did not supply data.

                                                                      The outrageously bad Wikipedia page called List of unlawfully killed transgender people lists a total of 3 trans persons being killed in 2013.

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                                                                      Some events of 20122011, 2010, 2009, 2008.

                                                                      This is just some of what happened in 2013.

                                                                      Part 1: Organizations & Activists, Equal marriage, Other Legislation.
                                                                      Part 2: Persons.
                                                                      Part 3: Spouses, lovers and Family, Trans Kids.
                                                                      Part 4: Political, Celebrities, Sports.
                                                                      Part 5: Schools, Universities & Colleges, Imprisonment,Nemeses, Internet.
                                                                      Part 6: Doctors & Sexologists, Medicine, Genetics, Legal, Obituaries.
                                                                      Part 7: Dress Reform, Cis Surgeries, Fashion, Beauty Pageants, Performance.
                                                                      Part 8: Art, Television & Radio, Adverts, Theatre, Cinema
                                                                      Part 9: Jargon, News Media, Theses & Studies,
                                                                      Part 10: Bookshops, Archives, Books.

                                                                      Dress Reform

                                                                      The Let Toys be Toys campaign has achieved some success in persuading retailers and toy makers to tone down the genderization of toys.

                                                                        Cis Surgeries

                                                                        Homeogender Surgery. "Having lots of cosmetic surgeries to achieve an idealized body is not peculiar to trans women. An equally small percentage of cis men and women do it also."
                                                                            Andrej Pejic, on cover of Serbian Elle January issue.

                                                                            Casey Legler, Olympic swimmer, male model.

                                                                            Carmen Carrera, RuPaul's Drag Race alumna, been featured as a W Magazine Showgirl. petitioned to make her a Victoria's Secret model.

                                                                            Ines Rau featured in IIB magazine with male model Tyson Beckford.

                                                                            Lea T featured in Benetton campaign.

                                                                            Nicole Gibson walked the runway at London Fashion Week, just days before undergoing gender confirmation surgery.

                                                                            Miss saHHara, has moved from Nigeria, where she was jailed, to the UK.

                                                                            American Apparel put out a call for transgender models.

                                                                            Beauty Pageants

                                                                            Amelia Maltepe was featured as page 3 Sunshine girl in Canadian Sun newspapers. She hopes to enter Miss World contest. More.

                                                                            Dani St James, nightclub manager, entered Miss Diamond Queen.

                                                                            Jenna Talackova reached the top 12 stage of Miss Universe Canada in Toronto, but failed to make the final five.

                                                                            Kasey Caron, Pennsylvania, denied right to run for homecoming king.

                                                                            Kylan Wenzel moved her surgery up by six months so that she could compete for Miss California.

                                                                            Sorrawee "Jazz" Nattee, Thailand, winner of the Miss Tiffany Universe 2009 contest, has had breast implants removed and has become a monk under the name Phra Maha Viriyo Bhikku.

                                                                            Jaclyn Schultz is Miss Michgan USA.

                                                                            Miss Gay San Juan pageant at Tarapoto, Peru, erupted into a brawl when the wrong result was announced.

                                                                            Raika Ferraz, who runs a thriving escort service, winner of Brazil's Miss T competition. She won an all-expenses-paid excursion to Thailand for the global version of the beauty contest, Miss International Queen 2014, plus the right to a sex change operation in a Bangkok hospital. Ferraz, however, demurred: “I love being the way I am,” she said.

                                                                            Cassidy Lynn Campbell, Homecoming Queen, Marina High, Huntington Beach.


                                                                            Stacy Lambe. "10 Transgender People Shattering Entertainment's Glass Ceiling"., 8.22.2013.

                                                                            Diane Anderson-Minshall. "The 5 Hottest Transgender Comedians: From a goth lesbian to a socialite with man-hands to an FTM who passes for gay, here are the funniest trans comedians today.". The Advocate, March 18 2013.

                                                                            Luis Hidalgo. "Circus Life for Transgender Chileans". Edge, Nov 4, 2013.

                                                                            Sara Buechner, pianist, find greater acceptance.

                                                                            Camilla Rose, who is also blind, was chosen by the Portland (Oregon) Folk Music Society as their featured artist for November and December 2013. The Oregonian Newspaper refused to a story on her, or to review her music.

                                                                            Sean Dorsey, choreographer, interviewed.

                                                                            Vanessa Van Durme performed at Vancouver's PuSh International Performing Arts Festival.

                                                                            "Annabel" by Goldfrapp featured a boy who finds freedom in a dress.

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                                                                            Some events of 20122011, 2010, 2009, 2008.

                                                                            This is just some of what happened in 2013.

                                                                            Part 1: Organizations & Activists, Equal marriage, Other Legislation.
                                                                            Part 2: Persons.
                                                                            Part 3: Spouses, lovers and Family, Trans Kids.
                                                                            Part 4: Political, Celebrities, Sports.
                                                                            Part 5: Schools, Universities & Colleges, Imprisonment,Nemeses, Internet.
                                                                            Part 6: Doctors & Sexologists, Medicine, Genetics, Legal, Obituaries.
                                                                            Part 7: Dress Reform, Cis Surgeries, Fashion, Beauty Pageants, Performance.
                                                                            Part 8: Art, Television & Radio, Adverts, Theatre, Cinema
                                                                            Part 9: Jargon, News Media, Theses & Studies,
                                                                            Part 10: Bookshops, Archives, Books.

                                                                              Art, Photography & Exhibits
                                                                                April Ashley: portrait of a lady. Museum of Liverpool and Homotopia. 27 Sep 2013 – 21 Sep 2014.

                                                                                Christer Strömholm, photographs of Paris circa 1960. Exhibition at the Swedish Institute, Paris, 15 November 2013- 12 January 2014.

                                                                                Drag Queens & Covered Bridges of New Hampshire.

                                                                                Grayson Perry awarded a CBE.

                                                                                Chris Fittock, of Burnley, Lancashire, who came out at 52, dedicated a show to Lucy Meadows.

                                                                                David Rosenbery on Mariette Pathy Allen. "35 Years as the Unofficial Photographer of Transgender Life". Slate, May 3, 2013.  

                                                                                XXXora, "an Anglo-Spanish, bilingual, hermaphrodite artist " presented her debut solo exhibition, The Newer Gender, at East London’s Vyner Street Gallery from 14-24 June.

                                                                                Katie Herzog. "Based on Gerhard Richter’s 48 Portraits of men of letters (1972) and Gottfried Helnwein's response with 48 portraits of famous women (1992), my piece consists of 48 portraits of transgender men and women of letters." Herzog also aligns her project with Senate Bill 48 signed by Governor Jerry Brown in 2011 requiring the inclusion of trans individuals in school textbooks.

                                                                                Lorenzo Triburgo, Transportraits

                                                                                DC Comics introduces its first trans character:

                                                                                  Television & Radio
                                                                                    Lavern Cox played a trans woman in Orange is the New Black, and her twin brother was cast her earlier self.

                                                                                    Lavern Cox interviewed.

                                                                                    Sean Bean won an International Emmy for playing a transvestite in the series, Accused, BBC 1, 2011.

                                                                                    Michelle Demishevich, TV reporter for channel IMC in Turkey.

                                                                                    James Gardner, previously Sheila, news anchor at Puget Sound Radio, Victoria, BC, 54, announced his transition.

                                                                                    Sheena Metal, Los Angeles, radio host, actress, journalist, comic, spoke of being intersex in 2011 to little response.

                                                                                    After a trans woman was shot and robbed, and the attackers bragged and insulted the victim's gender, Lex and Terry, who are broadcast nationally by Clear Channel and Sirius XM, said, “There’s a teen that shot a tranny after finding out that it was a man ... I don’t blame him. I would have shot his ass too.” A week later they apologized. SiriusXM made it clear that it does not support the comments.

                                                                                    Crossover Kids, reported by Jeannette Francis, with Cot Mathis, Eli and Max, Walt Heyer, Max Jensen. SBS, 20 April 2013. Transcript.

                                                                                    "The King Came Calling". Ripper Street, 1.3. BBC Andy Wilson (dir), with Matthew Macfadyen as Det Insp Edmund Reid, and Jonathan White as the madam. 5 men are dead of poisoning, and the police search for a common factor. One has a shaved body and legs, and a second has ingested sperm, which leads to a Molly House.

                                                                                    "The Face of Change". Grey's Anatomy, Feb 7 2013. ABC. Brian and Jess, a trans teen couple. Brian is having top surgery and his father arrives to protest, although later he gives Jess some money for the rent.

                                                                                     What Not to Wear. TLC feb 7. Casey D., a Philadelphia firefighter who transitioned 9 years ago, n seeks a wardrobe and make-over that reflects the confident woman she has become over the past nine years. Co-hosted by out fashion consultant and media personality, Clinton Kelly.

                                                                                    Lost Girl 3.1 14 "Caged Fae" Jan 2012 Sarain Boylan sadistic women's prison warden turned out to be a man.

                                                                                    The Switch. 6 trans persons in Vancouver, acted by tg actors.

                                                                                    Jonathan Creek, Easter Special, "The Clue of the Savant's Thumb". Robert styles as Jeffery/Jacqueline Hyde has kept her previous genitals in a jar.

                                                                                        The advert shows a woman who is so surprised by a sale item that she speaks with a male voice. The man she is with looks shocked and horrified. The last scene of the advert shows the man running away as the woman carries a box of flat-packed furniture by herself.
                                                                                        The letter from Thai Transgender Alliance demands that IKEA Global issue an official public statement about the advert.

                                                                                            BB Gandanghari in a double role in a stage version of Kiss of the Spider Woman as both Molina (William Hurt in the film) and Irena the spiderwoman (Sonia Branag in the film).

                                                                                            Stu for Silverton, book by Peter Duchan, music and lyrics by Breedlove. Directed by Andrew Russell, with Mark Anders as Stu Rasmussen, Intiman Theatre, Seattle, 125 minutes.

                                                                                            A Kid Like Jake, written by Daniel Pearle, based on an article in New York Magazine re a trans boy. Lincoln Center Theater, New York.

                                                                                            Rüzgar Erkoçlar, actor in Turkey.

                                                                                            Jo Clifford completed the book of The Gospel According to Jesus Queen of Heaven and collaborated with Chris Goode as deviser/performer in his new work Albemarle.
                                                                                                Thai actress Rose won a Chinese contract after her walk-ons in Lost in Thailand.
                                                                                                Bambi. Sébastien Lifshitz (dir) with Marie-Pierre Pruvot. France 58 mins 2013. A documentary about the pioneer Le Carrousel performer, school teacher and novelist. IMDBWikipedia. Winner of the Teddy Award at the Berlin International Film Festival.

                                                                                                The Dallas Buyers Club. Jean-Marc Vallée (dir) Craig Borten & Melisa Wallack (scr) with Matthew McConaughey as Ron Woodroof, Jared Leto as Rayon, Jennifer Garner as Dr Eve Saks. US 117 mins 2013. IMDBReviewTrailerWikipedia. Both McConaughey and Leto lost weight to portray AIDS sufferers, Leto went to the audition in character as trans woman Rayon and lived in character while filming. However no trans actors were auditioned; while the story is more-or-less true, Rayon is a composite; Rayon's friends refer to her as 'he'.

                                                                                                Drunktown's Finest. Sydney Freeland (dir & scr) with Carmen Moore as Felixia, a Navajo Nadleeh. US 2014. IMDBArticle. Made with Kickstarter financing.

                                                                                                Her name is Sowmya. Kalki Subramaniam (dir) with Sowmya. India 10 mins 2013.

                                                                                                Finding Kim. Aaron Bear & Consuelo Crow (dir) with Kim who is transitioning at 49. Made with Kickstarter financing. Website

                                                                                                Ian Harvie Superhero. Liam Sullivan (dir) featuring the performance of Ian Harvie reflecting on his own transition. US 75 mins 2013. IMDBTrailerWebsite

                                                                                                The Look of Love. Michael Winterbottom (dir) Matt Greenhalgh (scr) based on the book Members Only by Paul Willetts, with Steve Coogan as Paul Raymond. UK 101 mins 2013. You wouldn't realize if from the trailer, but Raymond was a pioneer in the 1970s in putting on fancy drag shows. IMDBTrailer

                                                                                                Namess Ba'geshem / Melting Away. Doron Eran (dir) Billy Ben-Moshe (scr) with Hen Yanni as Anna. Israel/Canada 86 mins 2011. A trans entertainer and the parents who locked her out of the home many years ago. IMDBTrailer. Wikipedia (IMDB does not say who played the teenage Assaf before she became Anna)

                                                                                                R.I.P.D. Robert Schwentke (dir) with Jeff Bridges and Marisa Miller as Roy Pulsipher. US 2013. A fantasy about undead cops. Pulsipher, although male uses a female avatar when interacting with living people. IMDBTrailer. Wikipedia.

                                                                                                Shunned. Janice Villarosa (dir) Janice Villarosa & Mark Celestino, with Philippines/US 70 mins 2013. IMDB. Lives of Filipino trans women.

                                                                                                Sticks and Stones. Silas Howard (dir) with Bambi Lake and Justin Vivian Bond. US 2013. Article.

                                                                                                Valentine Road. Marta Cunningham (dir) US 98 mins 2013. A documentary about 8th-grade Brandon McInerney who shot gender-non-conforming fellow student in Oxnard, California. IMDB. Director interview. Trailer.

                                                                                                What's the T? Cecilio Asuncion (dir) with Rakash, Vi, Mia, Nya and Cassandra Cass. Review.

                                                                                                Zanderology. Megan Rohrer (dir) with Zander Keig. An extension from the book Letters from my Brothers, 2012. "Zanderology is an illustrated documentary about Zander Keig, a transman who was born dead, paralyzed at age six, put in a mental hospital as a teen, was in a Mexican gang, joined the military, became an undercover drug officer, obtained three graduate degrees and is now a social worker for homeless veterans." A kickstarter project.
                                                                                                    director Roland Emmerich is going to work on a new movie on the Stonewall’s riots of 1969.

                                                                                                    X-Rated, Chad Darnell (dir & scr) with Willam Belli as Karen Dior, Rtan O'Connor as Chi Chi Larue.
                                                                                                    Through her Eyes. A new short film campaign, which is currently raising funds, and aims to give a different perspective on trans issues by showing discrimination, abuse, and her own thoughts. Financed by Kickstarter.

                                                                                                    Kate Bornstein Is a Queer and Pleasant Danger. Sam Feder (dir) Article.

                                                                                                    Also see the trailer for 22 Jump Street– almost at the end - where a tough guy in prison forgives the punk who shot off of his penis for he has a vagina now which is more fun.

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                                                                                                    Some events of 20122011, 2010, 2009, 2008.

                                                                                                    This is just some of what happened in 2013.

                                                                                                    Part 1: Organizations & Activists, Equal marriage, Other Legislation.
                                                                                                    Part 2: Persons.
                                                                                                    Part 3: Spouses, lovers and Family, Trans Kids.
                                                                                                    Part 4: Political, Celebrities, Sports.
                                                                                                    Part 5: Schools, Universities & Colleges, Imprisonment,Nemeses, Internet.
                                                                                                    Part 6: Doctors & Sexologists, Medicine, Genetics, Legal, Obituaries.
                                                                                                    Part 7: Dress Reform, Cis Surgeries, Fashion, Beauty Pageants, Performance.
                                                                                                    Part 8: Art, Television & Radio, Adverts, Theatre, Cinema.
                                                                                                    Part 9: Jargon, News Media, Journal.
                                                                                                    Part 10: Archives, Books.

                                                                                                    Associated Press reminded its staff to use "husband" and "wife" without quotes only if couple is heterosexual.

                                                                                                    Cisplaining: To explain, without ever having felt the necessity to investigate the issue, that there are only two genders which are fixed and invariable for every individual at birth.

                                                                                                    Jack Molay's Creative Crossdreamer Vocabulary.

                                                                                                    Truscum = FTM separatists (who incidentally embrace the term 'transgender')

                                                                                                    News Media
                                                                                                    Don Ennis, ABC News editor and producer, was Dawn for a while.

                                                                                                    New Statesman Trans Issues Week.

                                                                                                    The New York Times: Room for Debate: "Are ‘Trans Rights’ and ‘Gay Rights’ Still Allies?".

                                                                                                    Magazines and newspapers:


                                                                                                      Bandung. Yuli Krisna. "How Bandung’s Transgender Community Is Taking on HIV/AIDs One Test at a Time". Jakarta Globe, October 11, 2013.

                                                                                                      Bangalore: Sangeetha Neeraja. "Transgender-men yet to break free"The New Indian Express, 25th Februray 2013.

                                                                                                      Canberra. Phillip Thomson. "Trans sex workers: Hankering to cross the divide". The Canberra Times, September 15, 2013.

                                                                                                      Ecuador. Rochelle Jones. "The Word on Women - Transgender Rights in Ecuador: A Legal, Spatial, Political and Cultural Acquittal". UpsideDownWorld, 08 January 2013.

                                                                                                      Gulf States. Saeed Kamali Dehghan. "Gulf countries consider medical checks to bar transgender expats. Kuwait proposal aimed at preventing transgender migrant workers from entering six-member Gulf Co-operation Council countries criticised as 'immoral'". The Guardian, 11 October 2013.

                                                                                                      Hokkaido, Japan. Adam Westlake. "1 in 2,800 of Sapporo residents struggle with gender identity disorder". Japan Daily Press, Apr 22, 2013.

                                                                                                      Hong Kong: Lana Lam. "Sex change patients getting younger, and are more likely to be women: Doctor says information age has encouraged people to seek surgery at an earlier age, and women seeking to become men are in majority". South China Morning Post, Nov 3, 2013.

                                                                                                      India. Ekatha Ann John. "Govt delays sex change surgeries". The Times of India, Mar 20, 2013.

                                                                                                      Jackson Heights, New York: Chadwick Moore. "Paradise Nights". Out, 5.15.2013.,0.

                                                                                                      Juchitan, Oaxaca. Helen Pow. "The Muxes of Mexico: Inside the community where cross-dressing has been accepted since the time of the Aztecs". Daily Mail, 20 September 2013.

                                                                                                      Kuwait. Belkis Wille. "Being Transgender in Kuwait: 'My Biggest Fear Is a Flat Tire'". Human Rights Watch, July 15, 2013.

                                                                                                      Madura. D. Karthikeyan. "Real change comes only when our family accepts us: transgender". The Hindu, August 11, 2013.

                                                                                                      Mexico. Amy Lieberman. "". The Atlantic, Jul 18 2013.Gay and Transgender Migrants Face Staggering Violence in Mexico: LGBTQ people endure a treacherous journey on the way to a better life.

                                                                                                      New York: Emily Gogalak. "Profiled by NYPD, Transgendered People in New York Fear Carrying Condoms". The Village Voice, Mar 7 2013.

                                                                                                      Bahawalpur, Pakistan: Amna Nasir. "The tale of transgender people: When hate starts ruining lives". The Express Tribune, February 25, 2013.

                                                                                                      Pakistan. Majeed Baber & Ron Synovitz. "Despite Gains, Pakistan's Transgender Community Under Attack". Radio Free Europe, October 26, 2013.

                                                                                                      Seattle. Lornet Turnbull. "Overshadowed by gay and lesbian compatriots, the transgender community is fighting for acceptance". Las Vegas Sun, July 1, 2013.

                                                                                                      Vietnam: Jonathan DeHart. "Thai Transgender Community Finds its Voice". The Diplomat, Februray 20, 2013.

                                                                                                      US Military. Adam Klasfeld & Brett Brownell. "The Pentagon's Transgender Problem: New studies suggest that transgender civilians are twice as likely to enlist, and that suicidal behavior is 20 times more prevalent in transgender vets.". Mother Jones, Aug 15, 2013.

                                                                                                      Washington DC. John Riley. "D.C. Hit with Anti-LGBT Attacks: Community shaken as summer starts with six assaults, one fatal". Metro Weekly, July 1, 2013.


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                                                                                                        Some events of 20122011, 2010, 2009, 2008.

                                                                                                        This is just some of what happened in 2013.

                                                                                                        Part 1: Organizations & Activists, Equal marriage, Other Legislation.
                                                                                                        Part 2: Persons.
                                                                                                        Part 3: Spouses, lovers and Family, Trans Kids.
                                                                                                        Part 4: Political, Celebrities, Sports.
                                                                                                        Part 5: Schools, Universities & Colleges, Imprisonment,Nemeses, Internet.
                                                                                                        Part 6: Doctors & Sexologists, Medicine, Genetics, Legal, Obituaries.
                                                                                                        Part 7: Dress Reform, Cis Surgeries, Fashion, Beauty Pageants, Performance.
                                                                                                        Part 8: Art, Television & Radio, Adverts, Theatre, Cinema.
                                                                                                        Part 9: Jargon, News Media, Journal.
                                                                                                        Part 10: Archives, Books.

                                                                                                        The University of Ulster Trans-Gender Archive, which contained donations from many British trans persons, is no more.

                                                                                                        It had been maintained by Richard Ekins since its founding in 1986, but was never inventoried. After he retired Ekins offered the collection to the London School of Economics’ LGBT Hall-Carpenter Archives, but was told it would not be accepted because of a lack of an inventory listing what it contained. They also insisted that they would need him to get rid of any items subject to copyright or containing personal information like addresses. Ekins actually starting destroying content under this imperative, but did not get to a position when the Hall-Carpenter Archives would accept the collection. Apparently other possible UK sites were not consulted.

                                                                                                        The collection has now been acquired by The University of Victoria Transgender Archives. Opinion by Christine Burns, Catherine Baker.

                                                                                                              $£¥ €=Excessively overpriced books.
                                                                                                              • Muhammed Ahmed Abdullah, Yahya Ahmed & Zeeshan Basharat. Sex, Disease and Confusions among Pakistan's Transgenders: A Cross-sectional Study. LAP LAMBERT Academic Publishing, 2013. "The hijra(Transgender)community in Pakistan are at a great risk of both contracting and spreading many sexually transmitted diseases. Once held in high esteem, these caretakers of the king's harem are now socially excluded from many mainstream social activities. The present study looks into the knowledge, attitudes and practices of this community regarding various sexually transmitted infections."
                                                                                                              • Ryka Aoki. Seasonal Velocities.Trans-Genre Press, 2012. "Ryka Aoki has challenged, informed, and shared with queer audiences across the United States. Seasonal Velocities was honored as a 2013 Lambda Award Finalist."
                                                                                                              • Jesse Bering. Perv: The Sexual Deviant in All of Us. Scientific American / Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 2013.   The trans section is mainly Blanchardian.  "Reading the book was like ‘homecoming week’, as Bering references and mentions many of my favorite (and not-so-favorite*) sexologists:  Anne Lawrence, Michael Bailey, Ray Blanchard, Meredith Chivers, Milton Diamond, James Cantor, Kurt Fruend, Richard Green, Ken Zucker, *John Money, and *Charles Moser." -- Kay Brown.
                                                                                                              • $£¥ € Howard Chiang. Transgender China. Palgrave Macmillan, 2012.  Chiang is Professor of Modern Chinese History at the University of Warwick.  "This book has an impressive breadth in both historical reach and the cultural forms addressed. From historical investigations of androgyny in classical ethics and religion, eunuchism, and literary and theatrical cross-dressing to critical analyses of trans representations in contemporary popular film and the trans pride movement in Hong Kong, the collection is both intellectually exciting and politically engaged." 
                                                                                                              • $£¥ € Susanne Dengler. Ethnologische Perspektiven auf Zweigeschlechtlichkeit: Transgender, Queer, Dritte Geschlechter: Storungsszenarien des Hegemonialen. Vdm Verlag Dr. Müller E.K., 2013. 
                                                                                                              • Laura Erickson-Schroth (ed). Trans Bodies, Trans Selves: A Resource for the Transgender Community. Oxford University Press, 2014. " Inspired by Our Bodies, Ourselves, the classic and powerful compendium written for and by women, Trans Bodies, TransSelves is widely accessible to the transgender population, providing authoritative information in an inclusive and respectful way and representing the collective knowledge base of dozens of influential experts. Each chapter takes the reader through an important transgender issue, such as race, religion, employment, medical and surgical transition, mental health topics, relationships, sexuality, parenthood, arts and culture, and many more." 
                                                                                                              •  Raoul Fortner & Helmut Graupner. Regenbogen-Hausjurist: Rechtsratgeber für Homo-/Bisexuelle und Transgender in Österreich. Manz'sche, Wien, 2013.
                                                                                                              •  Marcus Greatheart. Transforming Practice: Life Stories of Transgender Men that Change How Health Providers Work. Ethica Press, 2013. "Despite the challenges the men describe having positive, even enjoyable, transition experiences while demonstrating resilience and self-efficacy. Coping strategies and impacts on mental health and substance use are discussed, as well as implications for mental health practice."
                                                                                                              •  Darryl B. Hill. Trans Toronto: An Oral History. Lulu, 2012.   Review.  An exercise in post-modernism, with a small amount of history.
                                                                                                              •  Ogi Ogas & Sai Gaddam. A Billion Wicked Thoughts: What the Internet Tells Us About Sexual Relationships. Plume, 2012. "Men are aroused by visual cues, according to the authors, and many trans women possess two cues that men find particularly stimulating: traditional femininity and, often, the penis."
                                                                                                              •  Anna Morcom. Illicit Worlds of Indian Dance: Cultures of Exclusion. C Hurst & Co Publishers Ltd, 2013. "Until the 1930s no woman could perform in public and retain respectability in India. Professional female performers were courtesans and dancing girls who lived beyond the confines of marriage, but were often powerful figures in social and cultural life. Women's roles were often also taken by boys and men, some of whom were simply female impersonators, others transgender."
                                                                                                              •  Jo Barraclough Paoletti. Pink and Blue: Telling the Boys from the Girls in America. Bloomington: Indiana University Press, 2012. "When did we start dressing girls in pink and boys in blue? - She chronicles the decline of the white dress for both boys and girls, the introduction of rompers in the early 20th century, the gendering of pink and blue, the resurgence of unisex fashions, and the origins of today's highly gender-specific baby and toddler clothing."
                                                                                                              •  Alissa Quart. Republic of Outsiders: The Power of Amateurs, Dreamers and Rebels. The New Press, 2013. Discusses trans persons among others.
                                                                                                              •  Julia Serano. Excluded: Making Feminist and Queer Movements More Inclusive. Seal Press, 2013. 
                                                                                                              • $£¥ € Francois Soyer.   Ambiguous Gender in Early Modern Spain and Portugal: Inquisitors, Doctors and the Transgression of Gender Norms (Medieval and Early Modern Iberian World).  Brill Academic, 2012.
                                                                                                              •  Susan Stryker & Aren Z. Aizura. The Transgender Studies Reader 2 Routledge, 2013.
                                                                                                              •  Amanda Lock Swarr. Sex in Transition: Remaking Gender & Race in South Africa. State University of New York Press, 2012. "Argues that South Africa's apartheid system of racial segregation relied on an unexamined but interrelated system of sexed oppression that was at once both rigid and flexible. ... It examines issues including why transsexuals' sex transitions were encouraged under apartheid and illegal during the political transition to democracy and how butch lesbians and drag queens in urban townships reshape race and gender."
                                                                                                              •  Naoko Tachibana. Yuri-Danashi. Myway Mook, 2013. Photographs of 9 Japanese crossdressers. Article.




                                                                                                              • Tanya Allen.  When I Count to Three. Amazon Digital Services, 2013.
                                                                                                              • Steve Berry. The King's Deception. Hodder, 2012. A modern thriller around the idea that the Bisley Boy was Elizabeth Tudor. Article. GVWW.
                                                                                                              • Imogen Binnie. Nevada. Topside Press, 2013. "a young trans woman living in New York City and trying to stay true to her punk values while working retail."
                                                                                                              • PR Ellis. Painted Ladies: A Jasmine Frame Story. Kibworth Beauchamp : Matador, 2013. Article.  Transvestites are being murdered.  "Jasmine is asked to act as a decoy to draw the "tranny killer" to a meeting in a pub. Jasmine is torn as she has to go against her instinct as a pre-op transsexual to remain hidden. What response will she get dressed as a flamboyant drag queen? Will it be enough to draw the killer into the trap or is Jasmine just putting her own sense of identity to the test?"
                                                                                                              • Rachel Gold.Being Emily. Bella Books, 2012. "They say that whoever you are it’s okay, you were born that way. Those words don’t comfort Emily, because she was born Christopher and her insides know that her outsides are all wrong."
                                                                                                              • Renee James. Coming Out Can Be Murder. Chi-Towne Fiction, 2012. "The gutsy hairdresser is determined to live her “new” life authentically, even as she is drawn into the investigation of her brutally murdered friend."
                                                                                                              • Roz Kaveney. Reflections: Rhapsody of Blood, Volume 2. Plus One Press, 2013.  Reviewers said that RITUALS was one of the most exciting fantasy debuts of 2012. REFLECTIONS is its worthy successor. RITUALS also received Honor List recognition for the 2012 James Tiptree Jr. Award, and was shortlisted for the 2013 Crawford Award.
                                                                                                              • Armistead Maupin. The Days of Anna Madrigal. Harper, 2014.  "follows one of modern literature’s most unforgettable and enduring characters—Anna Madrigal, the legendary transgender landlady of 28 Barbary Lane—as she embarks on a road trip that will take her deep into her past."
                                                                                                              • Alex Myers. Revolutionary. Simon & Shuster, 2013. Based on the life of 18th century trans man Deborah Sampson. Article.
                                                                                                              • Michael Quadland. Offspring. Red Hen Press, 2012.  " To add to Hank’s problems, his transgendered boss at the Strand Bookstore is in love with him."
                                                                                                              • Rae Spoon. First Spring Grass Fire. Arsenal Pulp Press, 2012.The first novel by the indie singer-songwriter. "a candid, powerful story about a young person growing up queer in a strict Pentecostal family in rural Canada."
                                                                                                              • Peter Joseph Swanson. Bad Movies. CreateSpace, 2013. "In the mid-70s, Jill, a sex-change in denial, buses west with the hope of becoming a star".
                                                                                                              • Abigail Tarttelin. Golden Boy. Atria Books, 2013. Article.  " Max, an intersex individual living his life as a boy. He is turning 16 when his father, the local crown prosecutor, decides to run for parliament."
                                                                                                              • Maxwell Zachs. The People's Republic of Nowhere. Smashwords, 2013. Article. Max previously was on My Transsexual Summer.

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                                                                                                              Purnell was conceived in a haystack in the Wirral during an air-raid. He was sexually and physically abused at prep school by the headmaster who was later convicted. His parents had a 'messy horrid' divorce when he was doing his O-level examinations.

                                                                                                              He felt confused in that he felt that he should be a girl but was not attracted to men. He developed an alternate identity as Anne who, by the age of 15, socialized only with people who knew nothing of Purnell's male life.

                                                                                                              Purnell did a degree in chemistry. He found love with a woman to whom he explained about Anne. She accepted this side of him, but asked that Anne change her name as her sister was also Anne. Purnell had been called Dormouse at school, and, in homage to Lewis Carroll, became Alice.

                                                                                                              They were living in Sussex. One evening on the way home from work as a research chemist, Purnell encountered, before the police arrived, a trans girl who had hanged herself in a tree. Her father showed up and expressed anger but not sorrow. Purnell felt that he could easily have been that trans girl, and this led to becoming a volunteer with the Samaritans, the advice line for those at risk of suicide. She found that a third of calls on the line featured gender difficulties.

                                                                                                              Alice did not know how to express her femininity until she found a a copy of Virginia Prince's Transvestia in a sex-book shop in London's Soho. She used the Transvestia contact system to find like-minded persons, and became a member of the European Chapter of Virginia Prince's FPE.
                                                                                                              Alice, Alga Campbell from Dublin, Giselle, a US expatriate, and Sylvia Carter, met in 1965 and agreed to found the Beaumont Society (named after the 18th century transvestite pioneer). The membership numbering was started at 100 (which was assigned to Alice, and then issued back and forth from that to give the impression of greater membership. Initially there were almost as many overseas members as in the UK, with some in Malaysia, Kenya and other parts of the Commonwealth. Alice became the overseas contact person because of her French. Regional contacts were appointed but were often the only member in their region.

                                                                                                              After an initial meeting in Hampstead, the first full meeting was held in Southampton in 1966 with 12 in attendance including two wives.

                                                                                                              That same year Purnell married his lover after five years together. They had two daughters and a son.

                                                                                                              Following the practice of Prince in the US, new members had to be vetted, and the application form explicitly stated that no hint of overt gayness would be tolerated.

                                                                                                              "It was also risky meeting others to sponsor them. I remember a character from Gibraltar who was very cagey indeed, who I arranged via the contact system to sponsor so she could attend meetings when in the UK; (you could not do so if not sponsored as they were often in people's homes). At the meeting in a car park this person told me my date & place of birth, schools and University, bank balance and workplace. I was horrified. He had discovered all this via our Secret Service for whom he worked in the Colony. He said he did this to secure his own confidentiality in case we breached his. I felt disinclined to sponsor him and was really horrified that even then governments held so much info' on all of us. I did sponsor him after discussion with Alga. It was a bit of a mutual standoff, but what an invasion of my own privacy!"
                                                                                                              Alice, Alga, Virginia, Sylvia - 1971
                                                                                                              In 1969 Virginia Prince visited the Beaumont Society in London, Leicester and Scotland. On her return in 1971 she stayed with Alice. Alice was on BBC Radio 4 with agony aunt Claire Raynor. She attended the TV/TS conferences at Leeds University in 1974, and Leicester University in 1975 – the latter was organized by the Beaumont Society. Also in 1975, Alice was a co-founder of the Beaumont Trust, a registered charity, which separately from the Beaumont Society, set up a helpline and published educational booklets on transgender topics. In 1976 Alice became Vice-President of the Beaumont Society, and President a year later.

                                                                                                              In 1977, Alice, now divorced, trained as a nurse, specializing in geriatric services. She then worked as such for 26 years, at one time becoming a matron.

                                                                                                              She remained President of the Beaumont Society until 1984. She also worked with Judy Cousins at SHAFT. She researched the then literature on trans topics and was disappointed. She joined HBIGDA (now WPATH) and attended its European meetings. She found that they were dominated by US concerns and that the Standards of Care were mainly to protect the surgeons, and that the emphasis was on psychiatry rather than on psychology/counselling. Using the contacts that she had made she organized the first of the GENDYS conferences which was held at Manchester University in 1990. This was intended as a British conference, and deliberately brought together each type of professional who deals with trans persons, and each type of trans person. There were a further seven GENDYS conferences held every two years. Alice edited all the GENDYS Conference Reports and often contributed papers.

                                                                                                              Alice, 2011
                                                                                                              After obtaining a masters degree in counselling and psychology, she co-founded Gender Trust and subsidized it in its first year. It was intended to help transgender rather than transvestite persons, and was, like the Beaumont Trust, a registered charity. However after a year the legal counsel to the Gender Trust was insisting that the trustees were to view her counselling notes. She regarded this potential breach of confidentiality re those she had counselled to be outrageous and resigned from Gender Trust. She also took them to court to establish that the copyright to the 2005 book was hers, and was not held by the Trust.

                                                                                                              She is also a poet, a dog lover and a fossil collector. She has lived most of her life in the Brighton-Hove area.

                                                                                                              Alice Purnell was made an OBE in the 2012 New Years Honours List: "For services to Transgender People".
                                                                                                              • Alice Purnell. "Why does transexuality exist?" and "TV, TG, TS – What's in a label?" in Michael Trevor Haslam. Transvestism: A Guide. Beaumont Trust, 1993.
                                                                                                              • A. Purnell (ed.). Conference Report of the 1st International Gender Dysphoria Conference. London: BM Gendys, 1991.
                                                                                                              • A. Purnell (ed.). Conference Report of the 2nd International Gender Dysphoria Conference. London: BM Gendys, 1993.
                                                                                                              • A. Purnell (ed.). Conference Report of the 3rd International Gender Dysphoria Conference. London: BM Gendys, 1995.
                                                                                                              • A. Purnell (ed.). Conference Report of the 4th International Gender Dysphoria Conference. London: BM Gendys, 1996.
                                                                                                              • A. Purnell (ed.). Conference Report of the 5th International Gender Dysphoria Conference. London: BM Gendys, 1999.
                                                                                                              • A. Purnell (ed.). Gendys 2K: Sixth International Gender Conference Report. London: BM Gendys, 2001.
                                                                                                              • A. Purnell (ed.). Conference Report of the 7th International Gender Dysphoria Conference. London: BM Gendys,2002.
                                                                                                              • A. Purnell (ed.), Conference Report of the 8th International Gender Dysphoria Conference. London: BM Gendys, 2004.
                                                                                                              • Alice Purnell. Transexed and Transgendered People: A Guide. Gendys Conferences, 2005.
                                                                                                              • Alice L100. "A History of the Beaumont Society". Beaumont Magazine, 13,4, 2005. Online at:
                                                                                                              • Alice Kelly Purnell. Be the Flame Not the Moth: An Anthology of Poems (and Some Prose). Golden Flower Press, 2010.
                                                                                                              • Alice Purnell & Jed Bland (ed). Trans in the Twenty First Century: Concerning Gender Diversity. Beaumont Trust, 2011.
                                                                                                              • "New year honours for Brighton and Hove LGBT supporters". Brighton and Hove News, December 31st, 2011.

                                                                                                              Christine Burns interviewed Alice Purnell,20 May 2013


                                                                                                              We have a list of the 4 founders of the Beaumont Society, but we still don't have a list of the 12 founders of the Hose and Heel Club.

                                                                                                              Alice says that the Beaumont Society was never really anti-gay, merely obliged to distance itself from being perceived as gay because of the laws at the time.  Whether you buy this or regard it as a post-facto PR position, the Beaumont Society has grown away from its Princian origins.  The interview with Christine Burns contains none of the mean spirited rhetoric that Prince herself retained till the end.

                                                                                                              Note that Alice uses 'transgender' as a umbrella term apart from transvestites.  You find the same usage with Katherine Cummings, the Australian FPE alumna.   The sterile debate re transgender=heterosexual transvestite is mainly a US hangup.

                                                                                                              There is no mention of Alice being anything other than non-op.  Hence some will maintain that it is inappropriate for her to write a book on transsexuals.

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                                                                                                            1. 01/04/14--10:36: L. v. Lithuania, 2006
                                                                                                            2. After being evaluated at the Vilnius Psychiatric Hospital and the Vilnius University Santariškės Hospital in 1997, L. (1978 – ), who lives in Klaipėda, took testosterone, had his breasts removed and has been in a stable relationship with a woman. He also adopted a Slavic name to avoid the gender-specificity of Lithuanian names. However he was constantly being embarrassed in that the prefix on his official documents identified him as a woman. Furthermore, his doctors refused him more operations until he is legally a man.

                                                                                                              In 2003 the new Lithuanian Civil Code came into effect of which Article 2.27 § 1 provides that “an unmarried adult has the right to gender reassignment in a medical way, if that is medically possible”. The paragraph of the provision said: “the conditions and procedure for gender reassignment shall be established by law”. However the said conditions and procedures never came to pass.

                                                                                                              In 2006 L was able to take his case to the European Court of Human Rights, where it was ruled in 2007 that Lithuania must adopt the subsidiary legislation to its Civil Code on gender-reassignment of transsexuals, within three months of the present judgement becoming final, or L would be awarded €40,000. He was also awarded €5,000 in respect of non-pecuniary damage.

                                                                                                              Lithuania did not adopt any relevant subsidiary legislation, and in July 2008 paid the €40,000.

                                                                                                              Subsequently, in 2009 and 2013, parliamentarians have proposed to eliminate Article 2.27 § 1 from the civil code, in effect banning all gender changes.

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                                                                                                              Born 4th in a family of 8 children, in Mabvuku, 17 km east of Harare, Naomi was considered  feminine by most people in the town.

                                                                                                              She was active in Gays and Lesbians of Zimbabwe (GALZ) (more) where she fought unsuccessfully to be accepted in the women's programs. Three times in her life, when she was down after being shunned, she attempted suicide.

                                                                                                              Naomi’s big success was in facilitating the one and only grant, of ZW$95,000, to GALZ from the National Aids Levy.

                                                                                                              She organized a Zimbabwe National Network for People Living with HIV/AIDS (ZNNP+) National Congress in 1999 that was held in Masvingo. This congress was considered controversial precisely because of her involvement.

                                                                                                              In 2000 Naomi organized an All-Africa exchange program.

                                                                                                              In 2001 she co-ordinated the GALZ counselling team, and was appointed safer sex co-ordinator. Her program grew into the GALZ health department.

                                                                                                              She was elected vice chairperson of GALZ three times. She started and led the GALZ buy-a-brick campaign so that the group could purchase the building where it was located.

                                                                                                              Naomi was a major performer at GALZ events. She was a regular in the Jacaranda Queen Pageant. She was twice runner up, and Queen in 1998. Her last performance was at the 2005 Jacaranda Queen show.

                                                                                                              She died from complications from AIDS in February 2006. She was honoured by GALZ at Transgender Day of Remembrance in 2013.

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                                                                                                              Cassar, a hairdresser resident in Cospicua, Malta, achieved transgender surgery in January 2005. In June 2006 she successfully applied under Article 257A of the Maltese Civil Code and her sex and name were changed on her birth certificate.

                                                                                                              Subsequently Joanne and her boyfriend, T. applied for a marriage licence. However they were refused in that the Marriage Act prohibited unions between persons of the same gender.

                                                                                                              Joanne sued and in February 2007, a Justice noted that the proposed union did not contravene any provision of the Marriage Act. He upheld her request and ordered the director of Public Registry to issue the marriage banns. The marriage registry appealed. In May 2008, another Justice observed that Maltese Law offered no legal definition of either gender, but took into account an affidavit by the former chairman of the parliamentary bio-ethics committee, Dr Michael Axiak, who wrote: "after gender reassignment therapy, a person will have remained of the same sex as before the operation".

                                                                                                              In 2010 Joanne was assaulted and had her bag stolen as she left the dance floor at a carnival party. She was frequently insulted and pushed around by strangers.   

                                                                                                              Joanne then opened a case in the First Hall of the Civil Court in its constitutional jurisdiction, claiming a breach of human rights. She won in April 2011, but then lost on appeal a month later.

                                                                                                              Joanne, at some financial cost filed a case against Malta in the European Court of Human Rights in Strasbourg. The then Attorney General filed submissions arguing that the reassigned gender on Cassar's State-issued identity card was intended only to "spare her embarrassment", and was not meant to entitle Cassar to legal privileges associated with the female gender.

                                                                                                              The Maltese General Election of 2013 returned the Labour Party after 15 years of rule by the Nationalist Party.

                                                                                                              The new government then relinquished the case in the European Court and presented amendments to the Civil Code under which transgender people re now considered as individuals of the acquired sex with full rights, including the right to marry. Furthermore Joanna Cassar was awarded compensation and also honoured by being accepted into the Xirka Ġieħ ir-Repubblika Society which is limited to 20 members.

                                                                                                              * Not the academic at the University of Malta

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                                                                                                              Kim was raised in the Bronx, New York. By age 14 he was going out in semi-drag. He took up with the young Billy Schumacher (later to become International Chrysis). They were photographed fooling around outside the Astor in Manhattan when Elizabeth Taylor and Richard Burton were staying there, and the picture appeared in a Life Magazine article on teenage delinquents.

                                                                                                              The photograph in Life Magazine: Kim with back to camera, Chrysis at front.

                                                                                                              Kim and Chrysis each left home and shared a tiny apartment in the area that later became New York's SoHo. They met sex magazine pioneer and editor of Exotique magazine, Lenny Burtman who arranged photo-shoots and other favors. Kim had a boyfriend who worked with her to soften her Bronx accent. She got to know New York female impersonators such as Tammy Novak, and performed at Club 82 as a stripper and as a showgirl. Her song was the theme music from A Man and a Woman. She toured North America as a female impersonator. Kim and Chrysis had uncredited roles in the chorus line in the 1967 contest that became the film, The Queen. In 1968 a photograph of Kim and Chrysis appeared in Female Mimics. By 1969 Kim was being kept by an oil tycoon.
                                                                                                              Kim with her mother

                                                                                                              She also starting doing photography for Eros Publishing Company, which published Eros, ModeAvantgarde, Hooker and Exposé. When Female Mimics was relaunched in 1973, the first issue featured Kim winning a Los Angeles beauty contest. In 1979 Kim became editor of Female Mimics,which was owned by Jennifer Jordan, one of Lenny Burtman's ex-wives, and the name was changed to International Female Mimics. The transsexual content was increased and eventually explicit photographs were introduced. Kim also became editor of Exotique, a revival of Burtman's pioneering fetish magazine from the 1950s.

                                                                                                              Also in 1979 Kim was in Los Angeles doing a photo-shoot when he discovered Sulka in the audience. The next year he put her in the film Dream Lovers, and then after her surgery, in The Transformation of Sulka, 1981, and Sulka's Wedding, 1983. He became a major producer of she-male and fetish porn – spanning 8mm, VHS and DVD. He also made straight porn.

                                                                                                              Kim met and married a woman. Their marriage has lasted: they now have grandchildren.

                                                                                                              In 1998 Kim was won an award as Best Fetish Producer. The same year he edited the original run of Exotique in book form. In 2001 he edited The Christy Report, a historical survey of sex and fetish images. He was inducted into Adult Video News (AVN) Hall Of Fame in 2004, the first transgender person to be so.
                                                                                                              “I am married to my wife. I am with her. Something I learned from all my years working with clients all over the world: Men and women can both be very fluid in their sexuality. Plus things like certain sexual scenarios can engage a person deeply for a time. Sometimes it’s same-sex activity. Some people stay attracted to one gender or another all their lives. I was with men — when I lived as a woman — who never would have called themselves gay, but they were not unhappy about my extra parts at all. Like I said, back then we did not name things so much. I never thought of any of the things I did as who I was. They were things I liked. Things I did.”
                                                                                                              *Not the horse exhibitor.
                                                                                                              IMDB   IAFD

                                                                                                              The Internet Adult Film Database (IAFD) entry on Kim is a bit dubious.   See Jim Beaux’ comments.  The image supposedly of Kim is actually of Carnal Candy in a 1984 film.  It lists Kim’s years active as performer: 1984-2001 – except that Kim never performed in any adult films.

                                                                                                              Ms Bob wrote a 3-part history of Female Mimics for TG Forum.  Bob lists Kim as appearing in the magazine, but says nothing at all about Kim becoming the editor.

                                                                                                              I couldn’t find any photographs of Kim after the early 1970s. 

                                                                                                              In the Advocate  article, Kim says that her aunt and then her mother recognized her in the Life Magazine photograph.  As she has her back turned, how could they be sure?

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                                                                                                              Ginza Rose (who took her name from the popular shopping area in Tokyo) worked as a show dancer for the US occupation forces in the 1950s.

                                                                                                              She wished to marry her boy friend, and gender surgery was arranged in 1962 so that this could happen. 

                                                                                                              However her husband was officially entered in the family register as her adopted younger brother.

                                                                                                              This was prior to Carrousel Maki's first surgery, and the 1965 prosecution of a surgeon who had removed male sex organs. The trial led to a 1969 ruling that made transgender surgery illegal: a situation that would continue until 1998.

                                                                                                              Ginza Rose's name in private life is not known, nor was she heard of again after her transition.

                                                                                                              • Mark McLelland. "Living more 'Like Oneself': Transgender Identities and Sexualities in Japan". In Jonathan Alexander & Karen Yescavage. Bisexuality and Transgenderism: InterSEXions of the Others. Binghamton, NY: Harrington Park Press, 2003: 213.
                                                                                                              • Mark McLelland. Queer Japan from the Pacific War to the Internet Age. Lanham Md & Oxford: Rowman & Littlefield 2005: 113.

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                                                                                                              Sinclaire was raised an Irish Catholic in South London. When aged seven Sinclaire saw father almost murdered when he was pushed over a balcony. Nikki completed transition in 1991 with surgery on the NHS. She had medical complications and was bedridden for a year afterwards.

                                                                                                              However she then completed an LLB at the University of Kent at Canterbury. Nikki worked for Lloyds of London, as a supermarket manager and in Cyprus with tourists.

                                                                                                              She was an early member of the United Kingdom Independence Party (UKIP) being Head Office Manager, member of the National Executive Committee and Party Secretary.

                                                                                                              In 1999 she was raped while walking home. While it had been established in R V, John Matthews that the rape of a trans woman was legally recognized, this was not widely known and the rape of Nikki was classified as assault. The experience reinforced Nikki's existing inclination to identify as lesbian.

                                                                                                              In the 2001 UK election Nikki was the UKIP candidate in Medway, Kent.

                                                                                                              In 2004 she wrote to The Pink Paper coming out as lesbian, but declined to lead a LGBT group within UKIP.

                                                                                                              In the 2005 UK election she was the UKIP candidate for Halesowen and Rowley Regis, in the west Midlands. She turned up at a Queer Question Time, where representatives of only the three biggest parties had been invited, as an open lesbian and UKIP candidate, but was arrested when she refused to leave.

                                                                                                              In 2006 Nikki met a woman and they have been in a relationship since.

                                                                                                              In 2008 Nikki met ex-Prime Minister Thatcher who told her to "never give up" (which became the title of her autobiography). She also campaigned in California for US Representative Susan Davis and Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger.

                                                                                                              In the 2009 European Elections, Sinclaire, the UKIP candidate was elected a Member of the European Parliament to represent the five million people in the West Midlands. Later that year, when UKIP leader Nigel Farage temporarily stood down, she entered the leadership election and came third.

                                                                                                              In 2010 Sinclaire resigned from the right-wing Europe of Freedom and Democracy grouping in the European Parliament, of which UKIP is the UK component. She was also having increasing problems with leader Nigel Farage. For this she lost the UKIP whip. Nikki submitted a complaint to the Exeter Employment Tribunal that UKIP had discriminated against her on the basis of sexual orientation, and cited that fellow MEP Godfrey Bloom had called her a queer. UKIP failed to offer a defence at the Tribunal and she won by default.

                                                                                                              She sat as an independent, and then as the only member of the We Demand a Referendum party. She campaigned vigorously for a UK referendum on leaving the European Union, and after collecting a petition with 100,000 signatures was able to secure a debate in the UK Parliament.  She has also campaigned against high-speed rail and against Roma encampments.
                                                                                                              Delivering the petition to 10 Downing St

                                                                                                              In early 2012 Sinclaire and three others were arrested on suspicion of conspiracy to defraud the European Parliament via allowances and expenses. She remains out on bail.

                                                                                                              In the US 2012 elections Nikki campaigned for Democrat Tim Kaine to become a Senator and for Barack Obama for President.

                                                                                                              In November 2013 Nikki published her autobiography in which she discussed her gender change, partially because others had threatened to out her.
                                                                                                              EN.WIKIPEDIA     European Parliament/MEPs


                                                                                                              UKIP is of course a right wing political party which has been thriving as ex-members of the Conservative Party have joined in protest against the Conservative Party having introduced gay marriage.  While there have been other LGBT members in UKIP their position is not easy.  See more, more.  I have not found any statement by Sinclaire re why trans voters should support either UKIP or herself as an independent.

                                                                                                              Natacha Kennedy explains  Why she thinks that Nikki is not a role model.

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                                                                                                              Hans Crystal performed at the 82 Club in the 1960s and is regarded as one of the great drag performers of that era.

                                                                                                              Her departure by surgery was announced in a 1965 issue of Female Mimics, after which she presumably changed her name (Hans not being unisex), and was not heard of again, except that she had a a small part in the 1967 film, She-Man.

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                                                                                                              Robert Percy Kelly was born in Workington, Cumbria, a twin and one of seven children. His mother was Scottish and his father a Manx carpenter. He was drawing by the age of two. He grew up a keen footballer (he played for Workington Town FC), cyclist and hiker.

                                                                                                              In 1932 he won a national handwriting competition organized by the Royal Mail. His first job was as a Post Office telegraph boy. He bought paints with his first pay packet. He then moved to Kendal as a telegraph officer, where he joined the Kendal Art Society.

                                                                                                              During the war he served first with the Royal Border Regiment,  but then transferred to the Royal Corp of Signals when his talent for drawing was recognized.  He was assigned to GHQ in Whitehall, where he sat next to Winston Churchill during an air-raid. Churchill admired his draughtsmanship and suggested a visit to the National Gallery. He had never been to an art gallery before, and the visits to the National Gallery did leave a mark on his paintings.  Three of his watercolours were accepted for a forces exhibition at the National Gallery and he was presented to King George VI on its opening.

                                                                                                              "Drawing is as natural as walking, A piece of charcoal or chalk is like an extension of my forefinger."
                                                                                                              He later served in France. He married for the first time in 1942. After the war Percy and his wife Audrey ran the Post Office in Great Broughton, Cumbria, where he had an easel set up behind the counter. He managed to exhibit at the Royal Academy and the Royal Society of Arts.  Percy and Audrey had one son, Brian. In the 1950s Percy suffered several nervous breakdowns, and in 1958 relinquished the position of sub-postmaster. Supported by Audrey, Percy in his 40s studied art at Carlisle College from 1961-5.

                                                                                                              At the end of the 1960s he seemed to be on the cusp of fame. He was admired by royalty and written up in the The Guardian. At age 48, he was exhibited in Workington, London and Kings Lynn. But he couldn't co-operate with dealers, and especially he could not bring himself to sell his work.
                                                                                                              "I cannot paint for monetary gain. I would rather starve than sell one piece of my work but I know when I depart this world people will stop and wonder at the beauty and truth that I have portrayed."
                                                                                                              Audrey came home to find her husband dressed in her clothes, which confirmed her disappointment that he had not turned out to be a football-playing breadwinner. They divorced in in 1970.

                                                                                                              The next year Percy married Christine, a mother of three and the now ex-wife of his eye specialist. This was a scandal, and they fled to St Davids, Pembrokeshire, where Kelly attempted to come out as a cross-dresser, but this was not well received. His paintings changed also: more colour, lighter, more flowers. In the early 1980s they moved to Rockland St Peter, Norfolk. Christine finally ran out of patience and left in 1983. A private exhibition of Kelly’s paintings was arranged the next year specifically to pay the alimony.

                                                                                                              In 1985 Kelly changed her name by deed poll to Roberta Penelope. She continued to live in the house in Rockland St Peter which became increasingly cluttered both with Kelly's paintings and various junk that she scavenged. By this time Roberta was dressed as female almost all the time.

                                                                                                              During her last few years she sent lavishly illustrated letters to her few friends, which are now considered an important part of her oeuvre. Her paintings for the first time included a human figure, usually Roberta herself.
                                                                                                              "I cannot stand the male species. I find them quite pitiful. They have brought me so much misery."
                                                                                                              She did start taking female hormones, but never considered the operation. Apart from the cost, she thought it superfluous.
                                                                                                              "I now feel I am a woman first and not the other way around."
                                                                                                              Roberta died aged 75.

                                                                                                              She died intestate, and her estranged son Brian inherited by default. The paintings in his house were sold in five sell-out exhibitions in Cockermouth, Cumbria. Brian died during the fifth, aged 47. Other collections of Kelly's work were discovered stashed with friends and forgotten. She had been afraid of losing his supplementary benefit.

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                                                                                                            3. 01/25/14--11:47: Harry Gorman (186? - ?) cook
                                                                                                            4. Harry Gorman was an athletic heavily-built man who worked as a cook for the New York Central Railway. He drank liquors, smoked strong cigars, frequented saloons and dance houses most nights.

                                                                                                              In 1903 he broke a limb and was hospitalized in Buffalo. There he was discovered to have female genitals. A clergyman came and pestered him that a 'relapse towards female apparel and demeanor' would be appropriate. Gorman refused to grant the gentleman any more interviews.

                                                                                                              He did mention that he knew at least 10 other men who had the same condition as himself and who worked for the same railway company.

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                                                                                                              After a journalism degree at the University of Minnesota and a stint in India for the Peace Corps, by 1968 Robert Sylvester was the editor of a small-town Minnesota newspaper, which led to meeting Mae, the women who became his wife. He told her that he was a transvestite, and later that he felt that he was a transsexual.

                                                                                                              In 1970 he consulted a psychiatrist was told told that quitting was like quitting smoking. So he purged his female wardrobe, and Bob and Mae were married. Bob became a city councilor in St Paul, Minnesota, and then president of the council. Later he worked in investment banking.

                                                                                                              In 1977 he told a female therapist that he wanted to be a girl, and she said: "Well, then, why don't you get on with it?" Susan started going out as female, and in January 1980 she committed to the gender change. Bob and Mae divorced in 1981. On 1 January 1983, Susan and Mae held a ceremony for invited friends including the mayor, to "commemorate the departure of Bob Sylvester and arrival of Susan Kimberly". Transition was completed in 1984 courtesy of Dr Biber.

                                                                                                              After a few years of unemployment, she was back in City Hall working for the mayor. She ran unsuccessfully for City Council and County Board. In 1998 Susan was appointed deputy mayor of St Paul under Norm Coleman, they both having switched their allegiance to the Republican Party.

                                                                                                              "I lost more friends becoming a Republican than I did becoming a woman".
                                                                                                              She also worked for Coleman when he was elected as a US Senator after Democratic incumbent Paul Wellstone, the most prominent senator to vote against congressional authorization for US invasion of Iraq, died in a plane crash (perhaps assassination) eleven days before the election.

                                                                                                              Later Susan was vice president of economic development for the St Paul Chamber of Commerce. In 2007 she flew to Florida to speak on behalf of Susan Stanton who was being fired from her job as city manager after announcing a coming transition.

                                                                                                              She retired in 2010.

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                                                                                                              Stanley Biber was raised in Des Moines, Iowa by a father who owned a furniture store. He trained as a concert pianist and attended a rabbinical seminary. During World War II he was a civilian employee of the Office of Stategic Services and stationed in Alaska and the Northwest Territories. He graduated from the University of Iowa Medical School in 1948. He was an outstanding weight-lifter and just failed to make the US Olympic team. He was a MASH chief surgeon with the US army in the Korean War.

                                                                                                              In 1954 he took a job at a United Mine Workers clinic in Trinidad, Colorado, a town where Frenchy Vosbaugh had operated a restaurant in the late nineteenth century, where Malvina Perry had been taken to court for her circus act, and just east of Segundo where Alice Baker had worked as a male teacher. Biber was the only surgeon in town, doing everything from gunshot wounds to Caesarian births to appendectomies.

                                                                                                              He bought a small ranch and 25 head of cattle, and then expanded it. One year he took a bull to the Colorado State Fair and placed second in his class.

                                                                                                              Biber did his first sex change surgery in 1968 for Ann, a social-worker friend who had been completing her real-life test without his realizing. Biber consulted with Harry Benjamin, who had started Ann on estrogens, and then sent to the Johns Hopkins Hospital for diagrams describing Dr. Georges Burou's technique.

                                                                                                              Trinidad's only hospital was Mount San Rafael, a Roman Catholic hospital. After hiding the first few cases because of possible objections, Biber gave a series of lectures to the local Ministerial Alliance about the psychological needs of transsexuals and what his surgery entailed.

                                                                                                              "Much to my amazement, there was no opposition. They were very understanding and accepting. All of a sudden, townspeople became very sophisticated and knew everything about transsexuals."
                                                                                                              However there was some reaction: a colleague resigned, in part because of the transgender surgeries, he had problems with insurance, and was admonished for poor record keeping. On the other hand the surgeries brought in almost a million dollars a year and definitely helped the hospital remain financially viable. A local was reported as saying:

                                                                                                              "After my hysterectomy, I went to Denver, and one of my friends said, 'You didn't let that doctor do it.' And I said, 'I certainly did.' They looked at me funny. 'But he does that kind of surgery.' And I said, 'Which proves how good he is. You have to be darn good to do that.' They never thought of it that way."
                                                                                                              In the late-1970s when the Johns Hopkins Gender Clinic and others closed, Dr Biber became the major alternate source of transgender surgery in the US. Fletcher summarizes Biber's approach: "First, patients must pass at least two psychiatric evaluations ensuring that they're not homosexuals or transvestites or simply people seeking fame and fortune on the talk-show circuit. True transsexuals, Biber says, are not attracted to members of the same sex and do not become aroused by wearing clothes of the opposite sex. True transsexuals consciously and subconsciously believe they are members of the opposite sex, trapped in the wrong body. ... Next, patients must receive hormone therapy for at least a year and live in the role of the opposite sex for the same period. If the adjustment is successful and another evaluation approved, plastic surgery is recommended. Then, and only then, will they get a consultation with Biber, who makes the final call. If he senses doubt, hesitation or confusion, which he does about 5 percent of the time, he sends patients home. As a consolation, he often performs minor cosmetic surgery first, such as an Adam's-apple reduction or breast augmentation."

                                                                                                              He quotes Biber:
                                                                                                              "After doing so many of these, you develop a gut feeling. A bell will go off and you'll know something is wrong, even if they came with good evaluations. You certainly don't want to make a mistake. You've got to have a feel for if they're really worried about being a transsexual or if they're just scared of the surgery. It helps me in my own mind to know I'm doing the right thing."
                                                                                                              He went on to do thousands of the operation, resulting in Trinidad, Colorado becoming known as the “Sex-Change Capital of the World”, and also trained other surgeons in transgender surgery. Dr Biber became a celebrity and appeared on the Oprah Winfrey Show, Sally Jessy Raphael Show, Geraldo Rivera Show, the Learning Channel, the Discovery Channel, the Playboy channel and the Guinness World Records Primetime TV show.

                                                                                                              He and his wife had seven children, he owned the largest cattle ranch in the county, and served as a Las Animas County commissioner from 1990 to 1996.

                                                                                                              Notable patients include:
                                                                                                              1968 Ann.
                                                                                                              1976 Yasmene Jabar,
                                                                                                              1978 Diane Delia,
                                                                                                              1979 Nancy Ledins,
                                                                                                                      Joseph Cluse,
                                                                                                              1980 Kay Brown,
                                                                                                              1981 Susan Faye Cannon,
                                                                                                              1983 Walt Heyer,
                                                                                                              1984 Susan Kimberly,
                                                                                                                      Brenda Lana Smith,
                                                                                                              1986 Kate Bornstein,
                                                                                                              1991 Valerie Taylor,
                                                                                                              1992 Claudine Griggs,
                                                                                                                      Cynthia Conroy,
                                                                                                              1994 Melanie Anne Phillips,
                                                                                                                      Terri O'Connell,
                                                                                                              1995 Gloria Hemingway,

                                                                                                              Dr Biber would also mention in interviews that he did the operation on twins, on three brothers from Georgia and an 84-year-old railroad engineer.
                                                                                                              "I've got one patient married to a gynecologist, and he doesn't know: She won't tell him."
                                                                                                              He performed three reversals: The first patient, whose original operation was performed by another surgeon, proved not to be a true transsexual and developed psychological problems. The second was a renowned mathematician who succumbed to intense peer pressure. The third patient used the procedure to appear on talk shows, then decided to switch back. (Heyer?)

                                                                                                              Dr Biber retired at the age of 80, when his malpractice insurance became too expensive, although he was able to find insurance to continue as a general practitioner. His transsexual practice was taken over by Marci Bowers.

                                                                                                              Biber died at age 82 from complications from pneumonia, shortly after returning from a cattle drive to Texas.

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