Friday, October 19, 2012

Know Your LGBT History - Christine Jorgensen





I'm guilty of something that I am ashamed of. Sometimes when I talk about lgbt equality, I forget about "t" - our transgender brothers and sisters.

Therefore, I thought I should feature Christine Jorgensen, the first person to become widely known for receiving sexual reassignment surgery. Jorgensen was not the first person to receive sexual reassignment surgery, but in 1952, a cover story in the New York Daily News made her a celebrity and her willingness to be open and forthcoming with such dignity and poise made her an icon as far as I am concerned.

But what particularly makes Jorgensen a heroine of mine is her determination to live her life on her own terms, particularly in a time in which such things weren't as open as they are now.

She teaches us a lesson we should all remember.

Past Know Your LGBT History posts:

Know Your LGBT History - Stephen Stucker

Know Your LGBT History - Coming Out

Know Your LGBT History - Prayers for Bobby

Know Your LGBT History - Roy Cohn

Know Your LGBT History - Gladys Bentley

Know Your LGBT History - Wanda Sykes 

Know Your LGBT History - William 'Billy' Haines and Jimmy Shields

Know Your LGBT History - The Dynamic Superiors

Know Your LGBT History - Jack Fertig (Sister Boom Boom)

Know Your LGBT History - Bugs Bunny

 Know Your LGBT History - The Jeffersons (a repeat)

Know Your LGBT History - Homoeroticism in Fright Night

Know Your LGBT History - New York passes marriage equality law

 Know Your LGBT History - Leonard Matlovich

Know Your LGBT History - Liberace

Know Your LGBT History - A brief history of gay relationships

Know Your LGBT History - Bessie Smith

Know Your LGBT History - Josephine Baker

Know Your LGBT History - Clara Ward and Willie 'Little Axe' Broadnax

 Know Your LGBT History - Venus Xtravaganza

Know Your LGBT History - LGBTs who are changing the world for the better

 Know Your LGBT History - Danitra Vance

Know Your LGBT History - Oliver Sipple

Know Your LGBT History - Gay Rights, Special Rights

Know Your LGBT History - Alan Turing

 Know Your LGBT History - Bayard Rustin

Know Your LGBT History - Billy Preston

Know Your LGBT History - Sylvester

 Know Your LGBT History - Billy Tipton

Know Your LGBT History - Nell Carter

Know Your LGBT History - James Baldwin

 Know Your LBGT History - Paul Winfield

Know Your LGBT History - Barbara Jordan

Know Your LGBT History - Michael Jeter

Know Your LGBT History - All in the Family and Beverly LaSalle

Know Your LGBT History - The Lion in Winter

Know Your LGBT History - Saturday Night Live and 'Schmitts Gay'

 Know Your LGBT History - Brother to Brother

Know Your LGBT History - Shameless

Know Your LGBT History - Car Wash

Know Your LGBT History - The 37th anniversary of 'Flowers of Evil'

Know Your LGBT History - The Best Way To Walk

Know Your LGBT History - The Jackal

Know Your LGBT History - A Cage Without A Key

Know Your LGBT History - In & Out

Know Your LGBT History - 'The Fabulous Gays' of Steambath

Know Your LGBT History - Bound

Know Your LGBT History - Gay characters from children's television show and movies

 Know Your LGBT History - Gay documentaries, past and present

Know Your LGBT History - The Hotel New Hampshire

Know Your LGBT History - The Crying Game

Know Your LGBT History - Set It Off

Know Your LGBT History - The Wedding Banquet

Know Your LGBT History - Bachelor Party

Know Your LGBT History - Starsky and Hutch

Know Your LGBT History - The Naked Civil Servant

 Know your LGBT History - Partners

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Know Your LGBT History - Rebecca

Know Your LGBT History - urban African-American movies

Know Your LGBT History - Charles Pierce

 Know Your LGBT History - Torch Song Trilogy

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Know Your LGBT History - My Beautiful Laundrette

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Know Your LGBT History - I Now Pronounce You Chuck and Larry

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Know Your LGBT History - Never Too Young To Die

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Know Your LGBT History - Hotel

Know Your LGBT History - The Streets of San Francisco

Know Your LGBT History - Two looks at transgender characters in films

Know Your LGBT History - Flawless 

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Know Your LGBT History - Beverly Hills Cop

Know Your LGBT History - Some Like It Hot

Know Your LGBT History - Bring Me The Head of Alfredo Garcia 

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Know Your LGBT History - That Certain Summer

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Know Your LGBT History - Making Love

Know Your LGBT History - A Nightmare on Elm Street Part 2: Freddy's Revenge

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Know Your LGBT History - The Night Strangler

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Know Your LGBT History - The Boys in the Band

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Know Your LGBT History - Midnight Cowboy

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Special Know Your LGBT History - Fame

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5 comments:

STaelyn said...

I for one have always loved these posts, and appreciate the inclusion whenever possible/appropriate.

Thank you for finding these!

Anonymous said...

Most transgendered people identify as heterosexual.

Unknown said...

Most transgendered people identify as heterosexual.

Source? Personal experience and wikipedia say otherwise:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Transgender_sexuality

Research, such as that done by Walter Bockting at the University of Minnesota, suggests that the breakdown of sexualities among transsexual women is 38% bisexual, 35% attracted to women, and 27% attracted to men. (Star Tribune May 25 2008 "Myths and Facts about Transgender Issues").[7] Older research had suggested that the majority of transsexual women seeking sex reassignment were attracted to men. About half of trans women studied have sexual intercourse with women.

And of course that 27% still spent a huge chunk of their lives living as a homosexual and/or being perceived by one by society before they began their transition. They have just as much at stake in this movement as LGBs.

Anonymous said...

Alvin, you should be ashamed. You should be ashamed of promoting the lie that being transgendered is definitionally linked to being gay. LGBT promotes old stereotypes. The term didn't exist before the mid-1990s. You have unthinkingly bought into it and now you berate yourself for forgetting to promote the very stereotypes that you should be opposing.

@Unknown:

In trying to defend the indefensible, you have insulted Ts not once but twice. First, transgender is not synonymous with transsexual as you assume. Moreover, even if those stats are right, it doesn't justify lumping the whole group, including all the heterosexual Ts, in with LGBs. By that logic, all florists should be added and an F should be appended to the growing alphabet soup.

Second, transsexuals do not spend "a huge chunk of their lives living as a homosexual." A trans woman is a woman. She never lives as a homosexual even if she never transitions. You insult Ts in order to defend LGBT. No surprise, since LGBT is inherently offensive and disrespectful to both groups.

BlackTsunami said...

Believe it or not, I appreciate your comments. And I am thankful for the various opinions this post has brought out. However, my problem lies with your tone, anonymous. You seem to assume that I and others already know these things and are deliberately perpetuating negativity. Therein lies a problem that I have seen as common. I am the first say that I don't know as much as I should about the trans community. This post was a way to garner knowledge and I am always willing to listen. But you do yourself a serious disservice by acting so accusatory. There is a fine line between educating away ignorance and scolding. You seem to be more interested in scolding than educating. Don't assume that glb's know evverything about your community. And be so eager to yell and scream that you don't realize that we are willing to listen and learn.