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No mention of Renee Richards or Calpernia Addams?
A good list – some I knew about, some are new to me. I would also add a few of my personal trans heroes: Alexandra Billings and Chilli Pepper (renowned Chicago performers) and Buck Angel (who I find sexy as hell.)
Here is a great interview with the amazing Christine Jorgensen from my collection of vintage television programming:
I would hardly call Chelsea a hero, and I am unconvinced that she is even transgendered. I think she is deeply disturbed, and has more going on in her head than most people that identify as transgendered. I would not be surprised if the whole transgendered thing is just another way for her to play the victim card and keep herself in the spotlight.
@tdx3fan: You need to read up on Christine J. It was big news when she had her surgery.
@tdx3fan: Transgender, not transgendered.
The Huffington Post did an article about this (March 11, 2010 by Joanne Herman). Find it and take a look at it. Excerpt: “I’ve increasingly been seeing and hearing the word ‘transgendered,’ and I have cringed every time. What’s wrong with the seemingly subtle difference between saying ‘transgendered’ and ‘transgender?’ Actually, a lot.”
@tdx3fan: OK! Thanks for that insight into her thoughts and motivations judgey McJudger.
@tdx3fan: This is actually mirroring the way a lot of people view trans folk in general. The idea is that somehow trans folk are not really serious, and are just doing it to be special or to get attention. That sort of thought process is why we still don’t have uniform, or even widespread, coverage for trans medical procedures, even though they have been recognized as medically necessary by the medical community. There’s too many people who think it’s “elective”, because they think being trans is not legitimate.
So many important names to add to this list. To cite just some of the historical pioneers: Lili Elbe (1882–1931); Alan L. Hart (1890–1962); Michael Dillon (1915–1962); Coccinelle (1931–2006). And among those still with us, let me mention my friend Marie-Pierre Pruvot (born 1935). I’m hoping the recent documentary about her will make into the U.S. LGBT film festival circuit this year; here’s the trailer (in French): http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YGojTjD62EY.
@tdx3fan: Who is Chelsea? You must be rather young, naive, or just plain stupid…. As a gay man there are many things that I do not understand about Transgendered people…. I admit to preconceived notions and even a certain level of prejudice…. These things I keep to myself and I embrace these people with as much love and compassion as I can give…. They belong to our community and deserve our respect…. I did not know that the violence directed at them was so severe….I am in shock and have spent the better part of this day in tears…. Shame on anyone who would dare to say one word against them.
Pardon me if I’m not PC. Age is no excuse but as an elder I get a pass card.
what about model, Bond Girl and Playboy centerfold- Tula????
No Tula or Billy Tipton?
@AuntieChrist: He did not say he didn’t know who Chelsea is. He questioned her hero status and motivations behind her alleged transgender identify.
In tears? C’mon now, lighten up, this is Queerty.
Aleshia Brevard, Billy Tipton, radclyffe Hall, Gladys Bentley, lynn Conway, Stella Boulton & Fanny Park, Alfred Taylor, Harry Benjamin, and so many others…
@AuntieChrist: that was really honest and nice. I came out in Pittsburgh where lbgt people tend to share social space. I think that’s a good thing because knowing others in the community really helps to break down prejudices or stereotypes.
I like how there is only one person of color on this list with no mention of Marsha P Johnson or Sylvia Rivera whom have been credited by numerous people as the first people to start the stonewall riots. Good job Queerty.
@Dixie Rect: Every two weeks, on average, someone is murdered in the United States in an act of anti-transgender violence….. Pardon me for not being a heartless tacky queen who will take any opportunity to tear someone down or pretend not to care….@DShucking: I didn’t see Mannings photo cause my scrolling feature is all herky jerky…. but I stand by my assessment of Judgey McJudgepants up there.
What does you not seeing Chealses’s photo have to do with this comment ‘@tdx3fan: Who is Chelsea?’? It doesn’t make any sense.
@AuntieChrist: Please provide a link to this statistic. I didn’t know it was that bad.
@gurrrlplease: Where they transgenders or drag queens?
I am surprised to not see Sylvia Rivera and Marsha Johnsson on that list after their involvement in the Stonewall Uprising, their work as the Street Transvestite Action Revolutionaries (STAR) and continued work for transgender civil rights in New York. Because of these, the position of transgender people in the LGBT spectrum was secured, despite the alliance being often a tenuous one.
Others I might have included are Jamison Green whose activism opened discussions in many states and Theresa Sparks whose work not only secured legal rights for transgender people in California but who became the first transgender police commissioner.
I remember the fuss made over Christine when she returned to the USA from her sexual reassignment surgery in Sweden. People were stunned, in both a positive and negative way, but the press was absolutely relentless. Nothing really ever changes.
You really had no business putting Chelsea Manning on this list.
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