This site is the most comprehensive on the web devoted to trans history and biography. Well over 1400 persons worthy of note, both famous and obscure, are discussed in detail, and many more are mentioned in passing.)

There is a detailed Index arranged by vocation, doctor, activist group etc.

In addition to this most articles have one or more labels at the bottom. Click one to go to similar persons. There is a full list of labels at the bottom of the page. There is also a search box at the top left. Enjoy exploring!

11 December 2017

Non-Fiction Books on other topics by trans authors

Bibliographies

Canadian (auto)biographies
Hoax biographies
(auto)biographies that are almost unobtainable
French and Belgian (auto) biographies and Histories
Biographies with the pre-transition name in the title 
Advice Manuals I: 1957-1979
Advice Manuals II: 1980-2000
Advice Manuals III: 2001-2017


Trans authors write about all kinds of things.  (Auto)Biographies and books about trans topics are not included here.  This is about other topics.

(In some cases you will need the writer's pre-transition name to find the book.)

Perhaps there is something here that you might want for Xmas.


Charlotte Bach


· Hypnosis. Elek,1961.
· With Bob Mellors. An Outline of Human Ethology: Extracts from an Unpublished Work. Another Orbit Press, 1978.

Patrick Califia


· Sapphistry: The Book of Lesbian Sexuality. Naiad Press, 1980.
· Lesbian S/M Safety Manual. Alyson Books, 1988.
· Public Sex: The Culture of Radical Sex. Cleis Press, 1994.
· Sensuous Magic: A Guide to S/M for Adventurous Couples. Cleis Press, 2001.

Susan Faye Cannon


· Darwin's Vision in On the Origin of Species. 1968.
· Science in Culture: The Early Victorian Period. Science History Publications, 1978.

Martine Cuypers


· With Annette Harder. Beginning from Apollo: studies in Apollonius Rhodius and the Argonautic tradition. Peeters, 2005.

Leslie Feinberg


· Rainbow solidarity: in defense of Cuba. World View Forum, 2008.

Jack Judith Halberstam


· with Ira Livingston (eds). Posthuman bodies. Indiana University Press, 1995.
· Skin shows: gothic horror and the technology of monsters. Duke University Press, 1995.

Alan Hart


· These Mysterious Rays: A Nontechnical Discussion of the Use of X Rays and Radium, Chiefly in Medicine. Harper, 1943.


Aoife Assumpta Hart.


· Ancestral Recall: The Celtic Revival and Japanese Modernism. McGill-Queen's University Press, 2016.

Christina Kahrl


· With others. Baseball Prospectus. Various years.

Roz Kaveney


· An unofficial critical companion to Buffy and Angel. Tauris Parke Paperbacks, 2001.
· From Alien to The Matrix: Reading Science Fiction Film. I.B. Tauris, 2005.
· Superheroes! Capes and Crusaders in Comics and Films. Superheroes!.I.B. Tauris, 2008.
· Battlestar Galactica: Investigating Flesh, Steel and Spirit. London [u.a.]: Tauris, 2010.

Carla LaGata


· Wege zum Heil: die Barquinha : eine ethnologische Studie zu Transformation und Heilung in den Ayahuasca-Ritualen einer brasilianischen Religion. (Ways to salvation: the Barquinha: an ethnological study of transformation and healing in the ayahuasca rituals of a Brazilian religion). Brasilienkunde-Verlag, 2003


++Dierdre McCloskey


  • Bourgeois Dignity: Why Economics Can't Explain the Modern World (November 2010), University of Chicago Press. 
  • The Cult of Statistical Significance: How the Standard Error Costs Us Jobs, Justice, and Lives (January 2008), University of Michigan Press (with Stephen T. Ziliak). 
  • The Bourgeois Virtues : Ethics for an Age of Commerce (June 2006), University of Chicago Press. 
  • Bourgeois Equality: How Ideas, Not Capital or Institutions, Enriched the World (April 2016), University of Chicago Press. 
  • The Economic Conversation (2008) (with Arjo Klamer and Stephen Ziliak)
  • The Secret Sins of Economics (August 2002), University of Chicago Press. 
  • Measurement and Meaning in Economics: The Essential Deirdre McCloskey (1999) (edited by Stephen Ziliak)
  • The Vices of Economists, the Virtues of the Bourgeoisie (1996)
  • Knowledge and Persuasion in Economics (1994), Cambridge University Press.
  • Second Thoughts: Myths and Morals of U.S. Economic History (1993) (edited)
  • A Bibliography of Historical Economics to 1980 (1990)
  • If You're So Smart: The Narrative of Economic Expertise (1990)
  • The Consequences of Economic Rhetoric (1988)
  • The Writing of Economics (1987) reprinted as Economical Writing (2000)
  • Econometric History (1987)
  • The Rhetoric of the Human Sciences: Language and Argument in Scholarship and Public Affairs (1987)
  • The Rhetoric of Economics (1985 & 1998)
  • The Applied Theory of Price (1982 & 1985)
  • Enterprise and Trade in Victorian Britain: Essays in Historical Economics (1981)
  • Economic Maturity and Entrepreneurial Decline: British Iron & Steel, 1870–1913 (1973)
  • Essays on a Mature Economy: Britain after 1840 (1971)

Tadhg MacCrossan


· The Sacred Cauldron: Secrets of the Druids. Llewellyn, 1991. .
· Tadhg MacCrossan. The Truth About the Druids. Llewellyn, 1993.

Catherine McGregor


An Indian Summer of Cricket: Reflections on Australia's Summer Game. Griffith, A.C.T.: Barrallier Books Pty Ltd, 2012.

Alice Lyman Miller


· Science and Dissent in Post-Mao China: The Politics of Knowledge. University of Washington Press, 1996.
· with Richard Wich. Becoming Asia: Change and Continuity in Asian International Relations Since World War II. Stanford University Press, 2011.

Jan Morris


· Coronation Everest. Faber and Faber, 1963.


A trilogy on the British Empire

· Pax Britannica: The Climax of Empire. Faber and Faber, 1968.
· Heaven's Command: An Imperial Progress. Faber and Faber, 1973.
· Farewell the Trumpets: An Imperial Retreat. Faber and Faber, 1978.

Travel books:

· Coast to Coast (published in the US as As I Saw the USA; 1956: winner of the 1957 Cafe Royal Prize)
· Sultan in Oman (1957; new edition by Eland in 2008)
· The Market in Seleukia (1957)
· South African Winter (1958)
· The Hashemite Kings (1959)
· Venice (1960: winner of the 1961 Heinemann Award)
· The Presence of Spain (1964)
· Spain (1964)
· Oxford (1965)
· The Great Port: A Passage through New York (1969)
· The Venetian Empire (1980)
· A Venetian Bestiary (1982)
· The Matter of Wales (1984)
· Spain (1988)
· Hong Kong (1988)
· Sydney (1992)
· Trieste and the Meaning of Nowhere (2001)
· The World: Life and Travel 1950-2000 (2003)
· Contact! A Book of Encounters (2010)

Viviane Nasmaste


· HIV Prevention and Bisexual Realities.University of Toronto Press, 2012.
· Oversight: Critical Reflections on Feminist Research and Politics. Women’s Press, 2015.
· Imprimés interdits: la censure des journaux jaunes au Québec, 1955-1975. Septentrion, 2017.

Femka Olyslager


· Electromagnetic Waveguides and Transmission Lines. Clarendon Press, 1999.
· With Ismo V. Lindell. Electromagnetics and Exotic Media: A Quest for the Holy Grail. Helsinki University of Technology, 2000.
· With Ismo V. Lindell. Closed Form Solutions of Maxwell's Equations in the Computer Age. Helsinki University of Technology, 2003.

Oraith O’Sullivan


· (ed). The Bible as Book (3 volumes). British Library, 2000-3.

Rachel Pollack


· With Salvador Dalí. Salvador Dali's Tarot. Michael Joseph, 1985.
· The Body of the Goddess: Sacred Wisdom in Myth, Landscape and Culture. Element, 1997.
· Complete Illustrated Guide To Tarot: How To Unlock The Secrets of The Tarot. Gramercy Books, 1999.
· The Kabbalah Tree: A Journey of Balance & Growth. Llewellyn Publications, 2004.
· Seventy-Eight Degrees of Wisdom: A Book of Tarot. Weiser Books, 2007
· The New Tarot Handbook: Master the Meanings of the Cards. Llewellyn, 2012.

Sabrina Petra Ramet


· Rocking the State: Rock Music and Politics in Eastern Europe and Russia. Boulder: Westview Press, 1994.
· Sabrina P. Ramet. Eastern Christianity and Politics in the Twentieth Century. Christianity under stress, 1. Durham, N.C.: Duke University Press, 1988.
· Sabrina P. Ramet and Gordana P. Crnković. Kazaaam! Splat! Ploof!: The American Impact on European Popular Culture Since 1945. Lanham, Md: Rowman & Littlefield, 2003.
· Sabrina P. Ramet. Thinking About Yugoslavia: Scholarly Debates About the Yugoslav Breakup and the Wars in Bosnia and Kosovo. Cambridge, UK: Cambridge University Press, 2005.

Veronique Renard


· Pantau in India. iUniverse, 2007.

Janine Roberts


· With M. Parsons, and Barbara Russell. The Mapoon Story, According to the Invaders: Church Mission, Queensland Government and Mining Company. International Development Action, 1975.
· Massacres to Mining: The Colonisation of Aboriginal Australia. Dove Communications, 1981.
· Maybanke Anderson: sex, suffrage & social reform. Hale & Iremonger, 1993.
· Glitter & Greed: The Secret World of the Diamond Cartel. Disinformation, 2003.
· The Vaccine Papers. Impact Investigative Media Productions, 2010.

Joan Roughgarden


· With Paul R Ehrlich. The Science of Ecology. Pearson, 1987.
· Theory of Population Genetics and Evolutionary Ecology: An Introduction. Macmillan, 1987.
· Anolis Lizards of the Caribbean: Ecology, Evolution, and Plate Tectonics. Oxford University Press, 1995
· Primer of Ecological Theory. Pearson, 1997.
· Evolution and Christian Faith: Reflections of an Evolutionary Biologist. Island Press. 2006.
· The Genial Gene: Deconstructing Darwinian Selfishness. Berkeley: University of California Press, 2009.

Carol S Riddell


· With Margaret A Coulson. Approaching Sociology. Routledge & Kegan Paul, 1972.

Jessica Amanda Salmonson


· The Encyclopedia of Amazons: Women Warriors from Antiquity to the Present Era. Paragon House, 1991

Dawn Langley Simmons


· Princess Margaret, An Informal Biography. Macrae Smith Co, 1958.
· The Gypsy Condesa. Macrae Smith Co, 1958.
· Vinnie Ream;the Story of the Girl Who Sculpted Lincoln. Holt, Rinehart and Winston, 1963.
· The Sawdust Trail; The Story of American Evangelism. Macrae Smith Co, 1964.
· Dear Vagabonds; The Story of Roy and Brownie Adams. Tara Books, 1964.
· With Ann Pinchot. Jacqueline Kennedy ; a Biography. Frederick Fell, 1964.
· Mr Jefferson's Ladies. Beacon Press, 1966.
· Lady Bird and Her Daughters. M. Smith Co, 1967.
· William. Father of the Netherlands. Rand McNally, 1969.
· A Rose for Mrs. Lincoln; A Biography of Mary Todd Lincoln. Beacon Press, 1970.
· Rosalynn Carter, Her Life Story. F. Fell Publishers, 1979.
· Margaret Rutherford: A Blithe Spirit. McGraw-Hill, 1983.

Maria Gioacchina Stajano Starace


· Roma capovolta. Quattrucci, 1959.
· Pubblici scandali e private virtù: dalla dolce vita al convento. Manni, 2007.

Jean Marie Stine


· Super Brain Power: The 21 Day Programme of Dramatically Improve Your Intelligence. Piatkus, 2000.
· Empowering Your Life with Runes. Alpha, 2004.

Allucquere Roseanne Stone


· The War of Desire and Technology at the Close of the Mechanical Age.: MIT Press, 1996.

Susan Stryker


· Gay by the Bay: A History of Queer Culture in the San Francisco Bay Area. Chronicle Books, 1996.
· Queer Pulp: Perverse Passion in the Golden Age of the Paperback. Chronicle Books, 2001.

Petra de Sutter


· With Elke Lahousse. (Over) leven: mijn strijd als transvrouw, arts & politica. Manteau, 2016.
· With Eline Delrue. De maakbare baby : een onbegrensd verlangen? Academia Press, 2017.

Pip Wherrett


· Drive It!: The Complete Book of High Speed Driving on Road & Track. Haynes Pub. Group, 1981.
· Peter Wherrett's A Century of the Motor Car. Auto Industry Marketing Services, 1985.
· Driving Skills and Tactics. Lothian Books, 1993.
· With Kim Wherrett. Explore Australia by Four-Wheel Drive. Viking, 1995.
· The Quest for the Perfect Car: My Life in Motoring. Hodder Headline Australia, 1999.
· What They Don't Teach You in Driving School. Ibis Publishing, 2004.
· Grit: An Epic Journey Across the World. Ibis Publishing Australia, 2005.

Georgia Ariana Ziadie/ Lady Colin Campbell


· Lady Colin Campbell's Guide to Being a Modern Lady. Heterodox, 1986.
· Diana in Private: The Princess Nobody Knows. St. Martin's Press, 1992.
· The Royal Marriages: What Really Goes on in the Private World of the Queen and Her Family. St Martin’s Press, 1993.
· The Real Diana. Arcadia, 2004.
· The Queen Mother: The Untold Story of Elizabeth Bowes Lyon, Who Became Queen Elizabeth the Queen Mother. St. Martin's Press, 2012.
· Queen’s Marriage. Dynasty Press, 2017.

08 December 2017

Atlanta-Savannah Timeline–Part II 1981-now

1981


Divine and Christine Jorgensen appeared at first annual party of the Limelight disco in Atlanta.

Elvira/Cassandra Peterson, hired to host a Los Angeles horror show, copied look that Atlanta drag performer Lily White had in 1970s.

1982


Lady Bunny moved to Atlanta from Tennessee.

1984


300 subscribers to The Transsexual Voice including Leo Wollman, Rupert Raj and Michelle Hunt. Phoebe mailed packets of transsexual-related material to newspaper editors, television news programs, talk show hosts etc. Very few responded.

Diamond Lil put out a full LP of original material, The Queen of Diamonds/Silver Grill. She was an
acknowledged influence on performers Lady Bunny and RuPaul who started out in Atlanta at this time. However, by then Diamond was losing her fans to AIDS. There were fewer places to perform, and she reduced her performances and concentrated on a new antiques business. She was writing for the bar magazine Etcetera – these articles were often obituaries.



Benjamin Dickerson, blues punk queer drag queen, in Opal Foxx and other bands.

Lady Bunny moves on to New York.


?? unknown years


The Montgomery Medical and Psychological Institute started by trans man Jerry Montgomery and his wife Lynn who had been a nurse at the Georgia Mental Health Institute Gender Clinic. The Institute published a newslatter, trained supportive professionals and liaised with gay and lesbian groups.

1985

  • Phoebe Smith. “FMI Forum: The Transsexual Voice”. Female Mimics International, 14,6, 1985 Online. This is a reprint of the 1980 brochure,
Trans performer Bobbie Holliday moved to Atlanta, had gender surgery, and changed her legal name to Jennifer North.

Tina Devore elected Miss Black America.







1986


Michael Hardwick, had been arrested under the sodomy law for fellatio, and the ACLU had challenged the Georgia Sodomy law as unconstitutional. This reached the US Supreme Court where the law was upheld.

1987


Jayne County had not been home for 20 years. She phoned her mother and proposed a visit. She got a gig at Atlanta's Club Rio and attempted to find those she knew from the 1960s, but could find only Diamond Lil. She was introduced to the rising stars RuPaul and Deandra Peak. To visit her parents she really dressed down. She ended up staying the summer.

Film RuPaul Is: Starbooty! , a pastiche of 1960s Blaxploitation films, starring Rupaul and Lady Bunny.

RuPaul left for New York.

Dee Dee Chamblee diagnosed as HIV+

1988


Tina Devore elected Miss Gay South USofA.

1989


  • Rupert Raj. “Tribute to Phoebe Smith”. Twenty Minutes, August 1989:3.  Online.
Dallas Denny living in Tennessee, “I chanced across a copy of IFGE’s TV-TS Tapestry magazine and saw a listing for a TS support group in Atlanta. It was exactly what I had been searching for—for years. I phoned daily for several months, at all hours. I left message after message, but none were returned. Finally, someone answered the phone. It was Lynn and Jerry’s nephew, Scott. Several weeks later I drove to Atlanta for an intake interview and my first support group meeting.” Lynn & Jerry of the Montgomery Medical and Psychological Institute, that is.

December: Dallas Denny, recruited to work at the Montgomery Medical and Psychological Institute, moved to live in Atlanta.

Jennifer North died of complications from Aids.

1990


Dallas Denny found a full-time professional job as a behavior specialist working for DeKalb County.
Tension developed with the Montgomeries. Dallas moved out of their house and launched the nonprofit American Educational Gender Information Service and launched the groundbreaking publication Chrysalis Quarterly.

The Sigma Epsilon Chapter of the Society for the Second Self, hesitant to risk exposure of its mostly Atlanta-based members, had been meeting on alternate months in Chattanooga, Tennessee and Charlotte, North Carolina. The chapter began to meet in Atlanta. Under the leadership of Linda Peacock, a wife of a crossdresser, the weekend-long meetings were open to transpeople of all types.

Sabrina Marcus, on a trip to Boston, asked the International Foundation for Gender Education to start a trans conference in the South. IFGE said no, but agreed to send a team to Atlanta to show the locals how to put one together. In the early fall of 1990 IFGE’s Merissa Sherrill Lynn and Yvonne Cook-Riley flew to Atlanta and met with representatives from every group in the South at the La Quinta Inn on Piedmont. There were representatives from AEGIS, AGE, Sigma Epsilon, The Montgomery Foundation, Asheville’s Phoenix Transgender Support Group, and groups from Florida, Virginia, Louisiana, and as far away as Texas. This consortium planned and held the first Southern Comfort Conference the next year.

RuPaul became known on Atlanta club scene.

Murdered in Atlanta: Edna Brown, shot dead.


1991


First Southern Comfort Conference. It was the held annually in Atlanta until 2014.

Amber Richards elected Miss Continental, and Miss Gay Georgia USofA.

Murdered in Atlanta: Huriell Lockett, shot; Rhonda Star, shot; unknown person, blow to head; Jean Powell, shot.

1992


Benjamin Dickerson co-founder of band Smoke.

Sophia Pastel died after silicone injection. Fred Kennedy Glenn later charged.

Murdered in Atlanta: Anthony Swain, shot; unknown person, shot; Derry Glenn, shot.

At least 12 trans women of color, mainly sex workers, were murdered over a few years. Dallas Denny appeared on local TV after each discovery. She urged the police to admit that there was a serial killer, but they never admitted to it.


1993


The Sigma Epsilon Chapter acquired a new leader who enforced Tri-Ess National’s xenophobic no-gays no-transsexuals rule.

Unsuccessful attempt to repeal the sodomy law.

Tina Devore elected Miss gay Georgia USofA,


1994


Lady Chablis featured as a major character in John Berendt’s Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil, set in Savannah.




  • Lynn & Jerry Montgomery. Transition to Completion: The TS Journey. Montgomery Institute, 1994. 
  • John Berendt. Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil: A Savannah Story. Random House,1994.


1995


Because of family health problems taking her time and energy, Phoebe discontinued The Transsexual Voice.

The political group Trans=Action and LaGender, started by black transwoman DeeDee Chamble.
  • Jayne County with Rupert Smith. Man Enough to be a Woman. Serpent's Tail, 1995.








Murdered in Atlanta: Quincy Taylor, shot.

1996


1996 Olympics held in Atlanta. Brazilian judoka Edinanci Fernandes da Silva and 7 others fail the new Y-region sex test, but allowed to compete anyway after further examination. 3 had Complete AIS, and 4 had Partial AIS. 29 GLBT competitors, 15 win medals.

Maxwell Anderson, lecturer and tax expert moved to Atlanta area.

Erin Swenson, Presbyterian minister, transitioned and retained ordination. First known mainstream Protestant minister n US to make an open gender transition while remaining in ordained office.

  • Lady Chablis & Theodore Bouloukos. Hiding My Candy: The Autobiography of the Grand Empress of Savannah. Pocket Books, 1996.

Amber Richards died of smoke inhalation when her house caught on fire.

1997


After lobbying for the part, Lady Chablis played herself in Clint Eastwood’s film adaptation of Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil. The first major Hollywood film to cast a trans woman, and to not kill the character, pathologize her or laugh at her.

Robert Eads, refused treatment in Florida for ovarian cancer, accepted at Medical College of Georgia.
Benjamin Dickerson provided music for film The Shop Below the Busy Road.

1998

Robert Eads filmed for what will become the documentary Southern Comfort. He makes a last
appearance at Southern Comfort Conference and addresses a crowd of 500.






Jamie Roberts, 26, began transition while at law school at the University of Georgia.

Georgia Supreme Court struck down the sodomy law in a case of heterosexual oral sex.

1999


Jamie Roberts joined Atlanta Gender Expressions.

Robert Eads died of cancer in a nursing home in Toccoa, Georgia at age of 53.

Benjamin Dickerson died age 39 of AIDS related problems.

Murdered in Cordele, Georgia: Tracy Thompson, beaten with a baseball bat.

Murdered in Savannah: “Charles” Bolden.

2000


Phoebe Smith retired in in 2000. She had worked for the State of Georgia for almost 30 years.

Maxwell Anderson co-chair 10th Southern Comfort Convention.

Posthumous film Benjamin Smoke.

Murdered in Savannah: Billy Jean Lavette.

2001


Documentary film Southern Comfort released.

Shelley Emerson announces to boss that will transition.

Murdered in Ashburn, Georgia: Robert Martin, severely beaten.

2002


Diamond Lil re-released her 1984 album on CD.

Shelley Emerson starts transition, and is in a small transition group led by the Rev Erin Swenson. She has facial surgery with Dr Suporn in Thailand.

2003


Shelley returns to Dr Suporn for genital surgery.

Diane Schroer, prominent US military person, building up to transition, attended the Southern Comfort Conference . “For the first time in my life I spent an extended period of time as a woman.”

2004


CD by Diamond Lil: Live at the Moonshadow Saloon.

Murdered in Atlanta: Precious Armani, 37, shot.

2005


Shelley Emerson first transgender woman to lead Fourth Tuesday, a lesbian social and community service organization. Emerson is also the first transgender person to be named a Grand Marshall of the annual Atlanta Pride Parade.


2007


CD by Diamond Lil: Verge, Vigor and Vim.

Anderson Toone performed at the Southern Comfort Conference.

Tristan Skye founded TransAmerica, later renamed TQ Nation.

Cheryl Courtney-Evans founded Transgender Individuals Living Their Truth.

Vandy Glenn, legislative editor at Georgia General Assembly, started transition, fired.

2008


  • Wesley Chenault, Stacy Lorraine Braukman, Gay and Lesbian Atlanta, Arcadia Pub 2008. No mention of Phoebe Smith, Dallas Denny or Jayne County.

2009


Dallas Denny retired.

First annual Trans March.

James Parker Sheffield promoted to Executive Director of Atlanta Pride.

Vandy Glenn became first trans person to address a Congressional committee.

2010


Ja’Von Crockett had been a drag performer under the name Mother Cavali. At age 45 he entered a dialogue with Pastor Willis Graham, accepted Christ and was ordained.

Maxwell Anderson dies of brain cancer at age 53.

Judge orders Vandy Glenn to be reinstated in job at Georgia General Assembly.

Atlanta Pride partnered with TransQueer Nation to hold the second annual Trans March.

Tracee McDaniel founded Juxtaposed Center for Transformation, and sits on GLBT Advisory Board for the Atlanta Police Department .

2011


Vandy Glenn won again in the appeal court. Her case became a precedent.

January Ja’Von Crockett was featured on the religious talk show, Atlanta Live.

Dee Dee Chamblee a Grand Marshal for Atlanta Pride, and picked as one of Obama’s nine “Champions of Courage” in commemoration of the 30th anniversary of the AIDS epidemic.

WPATH meeting in Atlanta. Aaron Devor made an official announcement that the Rikki Swin Institute archives had been donated to the University of Victoria Library Transgender Archives.


  • Tristan Skye. Natural Transitioning: An Ftm Alternative. Lulu Com, 2011.

Trans man Ky Petersen, 20, Americus, Georgia, was assaulted and raped by a stranger, killed in self-defence and is serving 20 years for involuntary manslaughter.

Murdered in Savannah: Akeem Laurel, 27, shot; Rashawn Hpward, 26, shot.

2012


Ashley Diamond, 34, musician, Rome, Georgia, sentenced to 12 years for burglary, sent to men’s prison, repeatedly raped, denied medical attention, filed multiple complaints.

James Parker Sheffield leaves Atlanta Pride to become Director of Organizational Development at the Health Initiative.

Lily White’s home in Rome, Georgia, burnt down. Saved mother and dog but lost wigs and costumes. Heart attack two weeks later. Moved to Atlanta, retired shortly afterwards.

2013


Atlanta adds gender identity to city non-discrimination laws.
  • Tracee Macdaniel. "Transitions" Tracee McDaniel. Nephriti Publishng, 2013.
  • J.R. Greenwell. Who the Hell is Rachel Wells? Chelsea Stations Editions, 2013. AuthorPage.

Ashley Del Valle from New York arrested in Savannah for showing her breasts, jailed with men.
Murdered in Savannah: Konyale Madden, age 34.

Murdered in Atlanta: “Edward” Campbell, 36, shot.

2014


  • Phoebe Smith. From Sharecropper's Son to Who's Who in American Women. CreateSpace, 2014.
Readers of the Georgia Voice newspaper voted Diamond Lil the Best Icon.

Human Rights Campaign (HRC) president Chad Griffin, 'formally apologized' to trans community at the Southern Comfort Conference in Atlanta. Transcript. "“HRC has done wrong by the transgender community in the past, and I am here to formally apologize, I am sorry for the times when we stood apart when we should have been standing together.”

Jamie Roberts,Tracee McDaniel & Cheryl Courtney-Evans founded Trans Housing Atlanta Program.
Announced that future Southern Comfort Conferences will be held in Florida.

Long time Atlanta drag performer Kitty Collins, age 60, shot dead - her husband was arrested, and sentenced to life imprisonment.

Murdered in Albany, Georgia: Keymori Shatoya Johnson, 24, shot.


2015

  • Dallas Denny. “Creating Community: A History of Early Transgender Support in Atlanta”. dallasdenny.com, Nov 7, 2015. Online.
Atlanta Pride and Touching Up Our Roots honored Diamond Lil in the first ever Our Founding Valentines event.

Tristan Skye withdraws from TQ Nation.

Amiayah Scott in Real Housewives of Atlanta.

Audrey Middleton in Big Brother US.

Lateasha Shuntel, trans performer, died after having silicone injected into her buttocks, hips and lips.

Ashley Diamond released after three years.

2016

  • Tristan Skye. Transgender Journey: Real Stories from Around the World. Lulu.com 2016.
  • Qwo-Li Driskill. Asegi Stories: Cherokee Queer and Two-Spirit Memory. University of Arizona Oress, 2016.


James Parker Sheffield tweets a photograph and comments when he is in North Caroline, he is now
required to use women’s restroom, even perhaps with Governor’s wife. Tweet went viral.









Tracee McDaniel appointed to Atlanta Citizen Review Board.

Cheryl Courtney-Evans died from cancer at age 64. She was posthumously a grand marshal at Atlanta Pride.

After a struggle with cancer, Diamond Lil was moved into a hospice. She died age 80.

Lady Chablis died from pneumonia at age 59.

Murdered in Macon, Georgia: Candace Towns, 30, shot.

2017

Derek Easterling, Mayor of Kennesaw, Georgia, an exurb of Atlanta, did a drag show for a charity event that raised $250,000 to help Alzheimer's patients.

Murdered in Atlanta: TeeTee Dangerfield, 32, shot multiple times; Scout Schultz, 21, shot by Georgia Tech campus police.

Murdered in Athens, Georgia: Ava Le’Ray Barrin, 17,shot.



These publications were consulted in compiling this timeline:

  • Jayne County with Rupert Smith. Man Enough to be a Woman. London: Serpent's Tail, 1995.
  • Wesley Chenault. The Unspoken Past: Atlanta Lesbian and Gay History. www.historians.org, December 2006. Online.
  • Wesley Chenault, Stacy Lorraine Braukman, Gay and Lesbian Atlanta, Arcadia Pub 2008. How could such a book totally ignore Phoebe Smith, Jayne County, Dallas Denny.
  • Dyana Bagby. ``Trans Atlanta: A look inside an evolving community`. The Georgia Voice, November 12, 2010. No longer available.
  • “Out in Atlanta: Atlanta’s Gay and Lesbian Communities Since Stonewall: A Chronology, 1969-2012”. http://outhistory.org/exhibits/show/atlanta-since-stonewall/out_in_atlanta
  • Phoebe Smith. From Sharecropper's Son to Who's Who in American Women. CreateSpace, 2014.
  • Tracee McDaniel & Jamie Roberts. ``Being transgender in Atlanta``. Creative Loafing, June 26, 2014. Online.
  • Dallas Denny. “Creating Community: A History of Early Transgender Support in Atlanta”. dallasdenny.com, Nov 7, 2015. Online.
  • TGEU. Trans Respect Versus Transphobia. Murder Monitoring. http://transrespect.org/en/trans-murder-monitoring/tmm-resources
  • “Unsolved Murders”. TransFM. Online.
EN.Wikipedia(LGBT history in Georgia (U.S. state)) – contains no trans events at all, and in its Notable LGBT Georgians section, all the above persons are ignored with the sole exception of RuPaul.


Gay History Wiki(Georgia Chronology of LGBT historical events) – lists many of the trans who were murdered, but no other persons.

06 December 2017

Atlanta-Savannah Timeline–Part I: 1539-1980


This first local trans Timeline, is centred on the US Georgia cities of Atlanta and Savannah. We juxtapose Phoebe Smith, Jayne County, Dallas Denny, Diamond Lil, Lady Chablis etc. A criticism of Smith’s book is the total lack of mention of what other trans persons were doing. Smith is rightly lauded for The Transsexual Voice 1980-95. However it is important to remember that Diamond Lil had been writing for the Great Speckled Bird and then other alternate and gay publications from 1970 onwards.

I partially quote the 1968 Atlanta police ordinance against cross-dressing. There were earlier ones, but I did not find details of them – note that Francis Renault complained about such in 1913. The list of such ordinances included in Susan Stryker’s Transgender History does not include Atlanta.

I could not find precise dates for the Georgia Mental Health Institute gender clinic, or for the Montgomery Medical and Psychological Institute. I have put an entry for these two under ??unknown rather than a specific year.



1539


The Spanish invasion pushed some of the Timucua tribe into what is now Georgia. Timucua Two-spirit persons were often healers, and played an important role in funerals. By 1595 the Timucuan population had shrunk by 75%, mainly from the new diseases and war. By 1700 only 1000 survived, and the British killed or enslaved those. They are extinct.

1783


Upon independence from the United Kingdom, Georgia retained most laws imposed under British rule, but did not retain the 16th century anti-buggery laws.

1817


First anti-sodomy law in Georgia.

The Cherokee were the first Indigenous people to become US citizens. Two-spirit terms: nudale asgaya , nudale agehya, asegi.

1833


Georgia anti-sodomy law amended: "carnal knowledge and connection against the order of nature by man with man, or in the same unnatural manner with woman" was outlawed on force of life imprisonment with labor.

1836-9


The forced removal of Cherokee from Georgia to Oklahoma, resulting in 4000 deaths.

1894


First sodomy conviction in Georgia goes to the State Supreme Court featuring two boys under 14, one of whom was sentenced to two years.

Atlanta Constitution re Renault and police force

1913


Female impersonator Antonio Auriema /Francis Renault performed in Atlanta and contested local
ordinance banning cross-dressing, to the consternation of the local police.

1935


The future Diamond Lil born in Savannah.

1937


Dr Newdigate Owensby (1882-1952) of Atlanta began treating LGBT persons with Metrazol (aka Pentylenetetrazol) which at high doses causes causes convulsions.

1939


The future Phoebe Smith born in Irwin County, Georgia.

Ella Thompson and one other had been convicted on “an indictment charging her with sodomy, both participants in the act being alleged to be female”. Thompson appealed and the Georgia Supreme Court rules that the sodomy law did not apply to two women, as the law specifies: “against the order of nature by man with man, or in the same unnatural manner with woman” – therefore not two women.

1940


Dr Owensby published a paper in the Journal of Nervous and Mental Diseases presenting several cases where he claimed that using Matrazol to induce multiple seizures resulted in LGBT persons being ‘cured’, including Case 3, aged 44, who previously had been proud of being a ‘man-woman’. No other doctor ever replicated such results.

1944


The future Catherine Jones born in Atlanta.

1947


Wayne Rogers (future Jayne County) born in Dallas, a suburb of Atlanta.

1949


State Sodomy Law amended, reducing the compulsory life sentence to 1-10 years. However it was gradually expanded in breadth to include such as fellatio.

1951

Guy Dobbs was performing in drag at the Supper Club.

1953


Halloween: Diamond Lil and a drag friend got dolled up and crashed a party at a local American legion in Savannah. Only after several drinks did it come out that they were not cis women. They quickly left but driving home they were followed by two soldiers who shot out a tire on their car, and Lil was orally raped. "It was so scary: there's no words for it. But I made a decision that night that I was out. A real weird way to come out, though."

1955


Diamond Lil’s first drag performances in Savannah. She was popular with sailors in the port and would perform on ships docked there. Eventually this led to her male persona being discharged from the Georgia Air National Guard, and fired from a secretarial job at the Seaboard Railroad. The Savannah police arrested her several times, once on a drummed-up loitering charge.

Guy Dobbs was managing the Queen of Clubs, and brought in female impersonators such as Bobbie Larr from New Orleans. He also performed in drag as ‘Terry Lynn’ – mainly in heterosexual supper clubs. The Queen of Clubs touted its uniqueness in featuring female impersonators.

1956


Christine Jorgensen tour played six days at the Steak Ranch, Atlanta.

1958


Mobster Vito Genovese, owner of the drag nightclub, the 82 Club in New York, and other gay bars, was convicted of heroin trafficking, and sentenced to 15 years in Atlanta Federal Penitentiary.

1959


The pre-transition Phoebe Smith found a position at Rich’s department store and stayed for ten years. Every now and then there would be an article in the news about a transsexual, but when Smith attempted to correspond with a doctor or psychiatrist, was told that a change of sex was impossible.

1960


Benjamin Dickerson born in Atlanta.

1961


Phoebe Smith called to draft board and classified 4-F because of desire for sex-change

1964


Amy Larkin, the agony aunt at the Atlanta Constitution (actually a pseudonym for Olive Ann Burns (1924 – 1990) who later became renowned for her novel Cold Sassy Tree) communicated with Phoebe Smith. Larkin passed anonymous information about Smith to Harry Benjamin in New York. Benjamin wrote back that “there seems very little doubt that this patient is a transsexual”. Larkin arranged an appointment with a local endocrinologist, but he, despite the letter from Benjamin, maintained that what was wanted could not be done.

Wayne Rogers (later to be Jayne County) lived in the Marietta suburb of Altanta. Wayne started going out dressed female. He also found a copy of John Rechy's City of Night and immediately identified with Miss Destiny, and Kenneth (later Katherine) Marlowe's Mister Madam.

1965


Smith wrote to the Governor of Georgia who passed the letter to the Dean of the Medical College of Georgia who replied that the transgender surgery was illegal within Georgia.

Wayne became a Screaming Queen: they wore make-up, screamed at boys and ran away. The local word for that was 'wrecking’. The other queens were referred to as Miss Cocks, Miss Hair, Miss Car, and Davinia Daisy who passed well.

A person we know only as ‘Queen Elizabeth’ got a job in Davison’s department store as a model. One day the boss walked in as she was changing and saw her penis. She was immediately fired.

Diamond Lil arrived in Atlanta. At that time she had a husband, and they started a small antiques shop near Peachtree and 11th Streets. She dabbled in drag shows. According to Jayne County, Diamond was one of only a few who could pass in straight clubs.

1966


Smith contacted Atlanta Constitution journalist, Dick Herbert, who became interested and wrote a sympathetic story (by the standards of the time) using a pseudonym: “Long-Ill Tim Gets New Hope to Solve Endocrine Malady”.

Wayne got a Yankee boyfriend, and they got a flat together – the first time that he left home. By now Wayne was a gay hippy rather than a screaming queen. He did his first drag performances miming to Dusty Springfield and Janis Joplin at the hippy bar, The Catacombs, on the corner of 14th Street. Diamond Lil also performed there.

The woman that Jones became many years later
The future artist Catherine Jones attended Georgia State College, married and they had a daughter.

Inman Clarke moved to Atlanta after army service, and founded a drag group, the Sir-Premes.

1967


Wayne took the Greyhound bus to New York City for $25 ($175 in modern money). He survived by meeting people in the Stonewall Inn, but could not afford a winter coat, so in September phoned his father for money and returned to Atlanta.

Phoebe Smith applied to Georgia Vocational Rehabilitation and Georgia Mental Health Institute. They responded with a mixture of ignoring her, giving a run-around and even rudeness.

1968


February. The Police Committee passed an Ordinance “to make it Unlawful for Persons of one sex to Impersonate, Masquerade or Disguise themselves as being of another sex to aid in the commission of unlawful acts”.

Billy Jones, from Griffin, Georgia, was one of the first to perform in drag in the new gay bars, that were frequently raided by the police.

Phoebe Smith saw Christine Jorgensen on the Merv Griffin television show, and wrote to ask for Christine’s address. Christine put Smith in touch with a doctor, who in turn gave the names and addresses of two surgeons: Dr Burou in Casablanca and Dr Barbosa in Tijuana. Smith decided on the latter.

Wayne County trained as a male nurse and worked in an old-folks' ward. One night Wayne "in hippy chick drag" took his mother's car but was stopped by the police. He was let out on bail, but the hospital was informed and he lost his job the next day. He took the Greyhound to New York City again.

A friend asked Diamond Lil to headline a new drag show at Mrs P’s, a restaurant in the basement of the Ponce de Leon Hotel. There was an arrangement with the police: only on week-nights, and the show was not to be advertised. At first Lil mouthed to Motown records, but started singing with her own voice – one of only a few drag performers to do so.

1969


January: Phoebe Smith attends Dr Jose Jesus Barbosa in Tijuana. Is treated for thyroid disorder and given an orchiectomy.

Phoebe returns to Atlanta and starts living as female. Visits Harry Benjamin in New York for hormone prescription.

Phoebe attempted to return to work at Rich’s Department Store, but a few co-workers objected, and the supervisor said no. Phoebe appealed up two levels but without success.

August 11: Atlanta police raided George Ellis’ Film Forum, which was showing the Andy Warhol movie Lonesome Cowboys, with drag actress Francis Francine, and took photos of audience members.

November: Phoebe returned to Harry Benjamin and was told that she was ready for final surgery.

1970


April: Phoebe Smith’s final surgery with Dr Barbosa in Tijuana.

Phoebe took the Georgia State Merit test, and got a position in Disease investigation department.

For six months there was a bar called the Club Centaur. Diamond and another drag artist, Phyllis Killer, performed backed by a live band. Diamond became known for her hard-driving rock’n’roll songs. She added in her own songs, and released them on 45s – some of them were played on jukeboxes across the city.

Diamond performed several times for the Georgia Gay Liberation Front. She also wrote, for the alternate weekly, The Great Speckled Bird, the first time after being caught in a police raid on a club in Savannah in 1970. This was one the very first examples of a trans woman writing about being trans.

October 31: first Miss Gay Atlanta Pageant.

1971


May: Phoebe transferred to working in the Georgia Medicaid department.

Phoebe now undergoing electrolysis, and for a short while worked with a local transsexual support group before it discontinued.

Diamond moved to Sweet Gum Head, a focal point for the burgeoning drag scene. Other performers included Rachel Wells, Lavita Allen and Charlie Brown.

First Atlanta Gay Pride parade was organized by the Georgia Gay Liberation Front.

1972


Diamond did a benefit for the Committee on Gay Education at the University of Georgia and sang “Stand by Your Man.” UGA officials did all they could to throw the COGE off campus, but Lil’s support gave COGE financial backing and a public profile. Diamond started a column in the gay paper, Sunset People, and then in the nightlife magazine, Cruise.

Mickey Day moved to Atlanta from Indianapolis. His drag show became a regular at the Onyx Club.

Kitty Collins
Kitty Collins , Lilly White and Rachel Wells started doing drag shows.

Rachel Wells elected Miss Gay Atlanta.

First Atlanta area Metropolitan Community Church congregation was established.

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Despite how they had treated Phoebe Smith, the Georgia Mental Health Institute started a gender clinic, and provided hormones and surgery for a select few. However the Sunday Atlanta Journal and Constitution announced the use of federal dollars by the Georgia Department of Vocational Rehabilitation to fund two male-to-female sex reassignment surgeries, and later the clinic was closed.

1974


Spring: a trans woman whom Phoebe had spoken to with the support group applied to Medicaid in the hope of having her surgery paid for. They met at the elevator, and the woman introduced herself. This made Phoebe think that everyone was talking about her. A close work friend told her that “we all know and we still love you”.

Atlanta Barb, the state's first gay newspaper.

1975


Phoebe transferred to Family and Children Services. One day a co-worker rushed in and exclaimed: “Y’all, there is a transsexual that works for the State!” Again it turned out that most of the co-workers already knew, and never said.

15-year-old RuPaul Charles moved to Atlanta from San Diego, to study performing arts.

Tina Devore moved to Atlanta from Florida, and quickly found work as a drag performer.

1976


Atlanta Gay Center was first opened.

Lena Lust

1977


Rachel Wells elected Miss Gay Georgia.

Lena Lust , from Chicago, drag performer, arrived in Atlanta.

1978


Kitty Collins, Lily White and Alvina Laverne performed as the Grease Sisters.

Rachel Wells elected Miss Gay America 1979.

1979


June: Phoebe Smith wrote her first autobiography, Phoebe. She self-published it and advertised in
trans newsletters. A thousand copies were printed, and a New York bookstore bought four hundred. Reactions at work were mixed. People she had not previously known became friendly; no man at work ever asked her out again.
  • Phoebe Smith. Phoebe. P Smith Pub Ind, 1979.
Charlie Brown, female impersonator, moved to Atlanta from Kentucky.

Cheryl Courtney-Evans, who had transitioned in Kansas City in 1974, moved to Atlanta.

1980


Phoebe put together a brochure, “The Journey from One to Forty was Difficult but Successful”. It included a photograph of herself at age one with father, and a photo at age 40. It criticized the report from Jon Meyers of John Hopkins of the previous year that had been used as an excuse to close its Gender Identity Clinic. “I have worked for the State of Georgia for almost ten years. During my fourth year of employment, knowledge of my surgery became widespread. It was upsetting, but also a big relief to get it in the open.”

The sale of the autobiography resulted in mail, much of it from persons seeking information. This led to the idea of a newsletter, The Transsexual Voice. The first two issues were complimentary, and 30 copies were printed. Within a few months there were over 100 subscribers.


A subscriber contacted her wanting to find someone to train in electrolysis. Phoebe jumped at the chance and for the next 15 years they worked on each other.

Continued in Part II.

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In 1965 Phoebe Smith was working at Rich's department store and "Queen Elizabeth" was modelling at Davison's department store.  So there is no reason to assume that Phoebe would even know about, much less meet "Elizabeth".   What we know about "Elizabeth" is taken from Jayne County, Man Enough to be a Woman: 23.   However in Simon Reynold's Shock and Awe: Glam Rock and Its Legacy, from the Seventies to the Twenty-First Century: 383 we find a loose retelling of the anecdote claiming that "Elizabeth" modelled at Rich's.  It that were so, Phoebe and "Elizabeth" may have met.   But it wasn't so!

05 December 2017

Some thoughts on Timelines


Timelines, sometimes called Chronologies. Many Timelines of LGBT or just trans history are found on the Internet. Some are quite good, others are pretty bad.

Wikipedia

EN.Wikipedia has Timelines, which it usually calls LGBT History. Here is one for Canada. Note the almost total lack of trans content. Where is Diane Boileau, The Clarke Institute, Rupert Raj, Aaron Devore, Toby Dancer, Viviane Namaste? And therefore why call it LGBT rather than LGB?

Here is the EN.Wikipedia Timeline on US Georgia. It contains no trans events at all, and in its Notable LGBT Georgians section, the closest it comes to a trans person is RuPaul.

Gay History Wiki

What about Gay History Wiki? Here is its Georgia Chronology. It actually lists several trans persons – but only those who were murdered! Of those who thrived, who organized, who wrote, who performed – not a word.

OutHistory

What about OutHistory.org. They have a page: Out in Atlanta: Atlanta’s Gay and Lesbian Communities Since Stonewall: A Chronology, 1969-2012, which does not claim to include trans events but does mention various trans marches and Southern Comfort Conference. But no trans individuals are mentioned.

On the other hand the same site has Las Vegas Transgender which is actually quite informative.

How about universal or national trans Timelines?


T-Vox
The one at T-Vox (which is UK centric) is worth looking at. However it make nonsense claims such as that Hirschfeld coined ‘transvestite’, and of the Berlin trans women only Lili Elevenes (Elbe) is mentioned; Toni Ebel and Dorchen Richter are ignored. The Beaumont Society is mentioned but not Virginia Prince or Tri-Ess. And what happened to Charlotte Bach and Victor Barker? Where is Yvonne Sinclair?

Mercedes Allen
Mercedes Allen did a US-centric trans Timeline in 2008 and published it in six parts on Bilerico Project:

· Trans Expression in Ancient Times
· The Rise of Hatred (Middle Ages)
· Into the Modern Age (1700s - 1932)
· From Germany to Stonewall (1933 - 1968)
· Stonewall and Its Fissures (1969 - 1995)
· Toward the Future (1996 - 2007)

This is certainly one of the better Timelines. It does include Violet Morris, but not Victor Barker, “Lili Elbe” but not Toni Ebel and Dorchen Richter, ignores sexologist Bernard Talmey and Benjamin’s first trans patient Otto Spengler.

Pierre-Henri Castel
The most detailed trans Timeline was compiled by Pierre-Henri Castel with Bernice Hausman, Heike Boedeker & Geneviève Morel, and was published as an appendix to Castel’s book La métamorphose impensable: essai sur le transsexualisme et l'identité personnelle. Gallimard, 2003. The Timeline is France-centric but includes much from the UK and North America. The emphasis is on professionals and publications, and actual trans persons only pop up here and there. For example neither Violet Morris nor Victor Barker are even mentioned. Coccinelle is in, but not Bambi. The timeline is online in two parts:

1910-1972
1973-1998.

 

GVWW

Within this encyclopedia I have included several Timelines:
The Eurovision Song Contest
Trans Persons acting in soap operas, telenovelas and other dramatic serials on television
A Blanchard-Binary Timeline - Part 1: to 2000
A Blanchard-Binary Timeline - Part 2: 2001-10
TG, Word and concepts: Part 2: The early years up to 1990
TG, Word and concepts: Part 3: The full-blown usage after 1990
Sport Gender & Trans - part 1: to 1945
Sport Gender & Trans - part 2: the Cold War
Sport Gender & Trans - part 3: recent developments
Trans in Prison: Part 1 - to the conviction of Oscar Wilde
Trans in Prison: Part 2 - to Stonewall
Trans in Prison: Part 3 - to Framer v. Brennan
Trans in Prison: Part 4 - to the Synthia Kavanagh Human Rights Case
Trans in Prison: Part 5 - to the New Prison Guidelines
Trans in Prison: Part 6 - Comments & Bibliography

To do a universal Trans timeline would be an enormous task. However I will now be doing a series on smaller areas – cities or close-by cities.


This is in addition to the series of Trans persons who changed thing at the country or multi-country level.