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28 January 2008

Eugene de Forest (189? - ?) a teacher of dramatics

Eugene was a teacher of dramatics, well-known in Los Angeles in the 1910s using the title of ‘professor’. He had married in 1911. In 1915 he became engaged to ‘a well-known Los Angeles woman’, and was waiting for the finalization of his divorce when it was discovered that he was female-born, and he was arrested for masquerading. In court, he pleaded that he was ‘in nature a man’, and was acquitted.

Two years later, when ill and admitted to hospital, he was able to convince the hospital authorities to put him in the men’s ward.

  • “Man by Nature Really Woman”. Los Angeles Times. Sept 30, 1917, v.12
  • Lillian Faderman & Stuart Timmons. Gay L.A.: A History of Sexual Outlaws, Power Politics, and Lipstick Lesbians. New York: basic Books 430 pp 2006: 24.

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