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Post by Lorri Kat on Thu Jun 26, 2014 6:01 pm

• 1429   Joan of Arc  lead a peasant army against  English invaders allowing then Prince Charles to become the King of France.  Captured and turned over to the English, she was burned at the stake for refusing to stop wearing men’s clothing.



• 1654  Queen Christina of Sweden (often considered bisexual) abdicated the thrown, dressed in men’s clothing and renamed herself Count  Dohna.



• 1577   King Henry III of France   frequently cross-dressed and while dressed as a woman was referred to as her majesty by his courtiers. Even his male clothes were considered outrageous despite the flamboyant standards of 16th-century France


• Albert D. J. Cashier (December 25, 1843 – October 10, 1915), born Jennie Irene Hodgers, was an Irish-born immigrant who served as a male soldier in the Union Army during the American Civil War.



• Franklin Thompson(Sarah Emma Edmonds) , fought  for the Union Army in the Civil War  -  Over 400 soldiers serving  were discovered to have been born female and fought on both sides during the conflict.


• Billy Lee Tipton (December 29, 1914 – January 21, 1989), born Dorothy Lucille Tipton was an American jazz musician and bandleader .


• Christine Jorgensen (May 30, 1926 – May 3, 1989) was an American trans woman who was the first person to become widely known in the United States for having sex reassignment surgery. She became an  advocate for transgender people



• Louise Lawrence  (Born 1912-1976) was a central yet virtually unknown figure in the history of transgender community formation, a male-to-female transgender person who began living fulltime as a woman in San Francisco in the 1940s. Lawrence developed a widespread correspondence network with transgender people throughout Europe and the United States by the 1950s.  She worked closely with Alfred Kinsey to bring the needs of transgender people to the attention of social scientists and sex reformers.


• Lynn Conway (born 1938) is an American computer scientist, electrical engineer, inventor, trans woman, and activist for the transgender community. Conway is notable for pioneering achievements, including the Mead & Conway revolution in VLSI design and invention of generalized dynamic instruction handling.


• Karen Frances Ulane (December 10, 1941 – May 22, 1989) was an American airline pilot who was dismissed by Eastern Airlines after undergoing sex reassignment surgery in 1980. The case Ulane v. Eastern Airlines became the federal legal precedent for transsexual legal status under the Civil Rights Act of 1964.


• Sylvia Rae Rivera (July 2, 1951 – February 19, 2002) was an American bisexual transgender activist and trans woman. She was a founding member of both the Gay Liberation Front and the Gay Activists Alliance and helped found Street Transgender Action Revolutionaries (STAR), a group dedicated to helping homeless young street drag queens and trans women, with her friend Marsha P. Johnson.

• Anna Grodzka (born 16 March 1954 in Otwock) is a Polish politician. Grodzka, a trans woman is the first openly transgender Member of Parliament in Poland.

• Rebecca Ann Heineman (born 1963) is an American video game programmer and was a founding member of Interplay Productions, Logicware, Contraband Entertainment. She has also been affiliated  with Barking Lizards Technologies, Electronic Arts Bloomberg, Microsoft, MacPlay and Ubisoft. She is currently working for Sony Computer Entertainment

• Lana Wachowski (born June 21, 1965) and her brother, known together professionally as the Wachowskis, are American film directors, screenwriters and producers.  Bound, The Matrix (1999),  The Matrix Reloaded and The Matrix Revolutions (both in 2003) and Cloud Atlas(2012) are some of their work.




• Candy Darling (born November 24, 1944 – March 21, 1974) was an American actress, best known as a Warhol Superstar. A male-to-female transsexual, she starred in Andy Warhol's films Flesh (1968) and Women in Revolt (1971), and was the Candy in the second stanza of Rou Reed’s   ‘‘Take a walk on the wild side’’.

• Laura Jane Grace (born November 8, 1980) is an American musician best known as the founder, lead singer, songwriter and guitarist of the punk rock band Against Me!  Grace publicly came out as a transgender woman in 2012

• Amanda Simpson(born 1961)  became the first openly transgender presidential appointee in America when she was appointed as senior technical adviser in the Commerce Department's Bureau of Industry and Security.



• Victoria Kolakowski (born August 29, 1961, in Queens, New York) is an American lawyer, and, since January 2011, judge of the Alameda County Superior Court.  Kolakowski is the first openly transgender person to serve as a trial judge in the United States.



• Melissa Sklarz is an actress, known for Transamerica (2005) and has become a leading voice in the push for equal rights for transgender people helping bring civil rights to transgender people in New York City when INT 24 became law in 2002 serving on the Working Group with the New York Human Rights Commission to flesh out the law and has been a leader in lobbying for GENDA (Gender Expression Non Discrimination Act.  She became the first transgender person elected to office in New York in 1999 when she was elected Judicial Delegate from the 66th Assembly District. In 2004, Melissa became the first transgender person from New York to be part of the state delegation at the Democratic National Convention, by being appointed to the Credentials Committee. She again represented New York when she was appointed to the Rules Committee for the 2008 Convention. She is President of the Stonewall Democratic Club of New York City.

• Pauline Park (born 1960)   She co-founded the New York Association for Gender Rights Advocacy (NYAGRA) in 1998, the first statewide transgender advocacy organization in New York. Park negotiated inclusion of gender identity and expression in the Dignity for All Students Act (DASA), a safe schools bill enacted by the New York State Legislature in 2010.


• Laverne Cox is an American actress, reality television star, television producer, and transgender advocate. She is known for portraying Sophia Burset, a trans woman sent to prison for credit-card fraud, in the Netflix series Orange Is the New Black. She is also known for producing and co-hosting the VH1 makeover television series TRANSform Me

• Carmen Carrera (born April 13, 1985) is an American reality television personality, model, and burlesque performer, known for appearing on the third season of the Logo reality television series RuPaul's Drag Race.

• Wendy Carlos (born November 14, 1939) is an American composer and electronic musician. She first came to prominence in 1968 with Switched-On Bach, a recording of music by J.S. Bach assembled phrase-by-phrase on a Moog synthesizer. She wrote and performed scores for  movies, A Clockwork Orange (1971), The Shining(1980) and Disney's Tron(1982).
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  • Louise Lawrence  (Born 1912-1976) was a central yet virtually unknown figure in the history of transgender community formation, a male-to-female transgender person who began living fulltime as a woman in San Francisco in the 1940s. Lawrence developed a widespread correspondence network with transgender people throughout Europe and the United States by the 1950s.  She worked closely with Alfred Kinsey to bring the needs of transgender people to the attention of social scientists and sex reformers.

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  • Lana Wachowski (born June 21, 1965) and her brother, known together professionally as the Wachowskis, are American film directors, screenwriters and producers.  Bound, The Matrix (1999),  The Matrix Reloaded and The Matrix Revolutions (both in 2003) and Cloud Atlas(2012) are some of their work.



 

 
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  • Amanda Simpson(born 1961)  became the first openly transgender presidential appointee in America when she was appointed as senior technical adviser in the Commerce Department's Bureau of Industry and Security.

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  • Sylvia Rae Rivera (July 2, 1951 – February 19, 2002) was an American bisexual transgender activist and trans woman. She was a founding member of both the Gay Liberation Front and the Gay Activists Alliance and helped found Street Transgender Action Revolutionaries (STAR), a group dedicated to helping homeless young street drag queens and trans women, with her friend Marsha P. Johnson.

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