In this series we look at various heroes and advocates of the LGBTQIA family.
In this article we focus of Transgender female, Christine Jorgensen.
Christine Jorgensen was one of the first American trans women to be open and widely known in America for having sex reassignment surgery. She grew up in New York and shortly after high school was drafted in the U.S army for World War II. After the war and attending several schools, learning about transitioning surgery she travelled to Copenhagen to undergo a series of operations beginning in 1951.
On her return to America Christine became front page news in New York Daily news.
She felt overwhelmed with headlines such as “Bronx boy becomes a girl” and “Ex – GI becomes blond beauty”, as you can imagine.
However she became a big hit in America, becoming an advocate for transgender persons, being visible working as an actress and recording several songs.
Born: May 30th 1926
Died: May 3rd 1989